A boy reaches for the spring flower buds at the Summer Palace in Beijing, on March 11, as tourist attractions reopen in China. We now know that Covid-19, while serious, is nowhere near as bad as Sars, Mers or Ebola. Photo: Simon Song A boy reaches for the spring flower buds at the Summer Palace in Beijing, on March 11, as tourist attractions reopen in China. We now know that Covid-19, while serious, is nowhere near as bad as Sars, Mers or Ebola. Photo: Simon Song
A boy reaches for the spring flower buds at the Summer Palace in Beijing, on March 11, as tourist attractions reopen in China. We now know that Covid-19, while serious, is nowhere near as bad as Sars, Mers or Ebola. Photo: Simon Song
Joshua M. Zimmerman
Opinion

Opinion

Joshua M. Zimmerman

Asia has gained some perspective on the coronavirus. Europe and the US should too

  • Western governments should be framing a message of caution, not cancelling events, shutting everything down and feeding panic. If markets collapse, poverty will kill more people than the coronavirus

A boy reaches for the spring flower buds at the Summer Palace in Beijing, on March 11, as tourist attractions reopen in China. We now know that Covid-19, while serious, is nowhere near as bad as Sars, Mers or Ebola. Photo: Simon Song A boy reaches for the spring flower buds at the Summer Palace in Beijing, on March 11, as tourist attractions reopen in China. We now know that Covid-19, while serious, is nowhere near as bad as Sars, Mers or Ebola. Photo: Simon Song
A boy reaches for the spring flower buds at the Summer Palace in Beijing, on March 11, as tourist attractions reopen in China. We now know that Covid-19, while serious, is nowhere near as bad as Sars, Mers or Ebola. Photo: Simon Song
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