The ticker tape of the infectious disease world, ProMED, posts a steady stream of reports about unusual outbreaks.
Few cases become big news. But on the eve of 2020, STAT senior writer Helen Branswell noticed an item out of China. “Hopefully this is nothing out of the ordinary,” tweeted Branswell, who had covered the 2003 SARS outbreak in Toronto. “But a @ProMED_mail posting about “unexplained pneumonias” in China is giving me #SARS flashbacks.”