China is trying to stop the spread of a deadly new virus at the worst possible time of year

21 January, 2020

Dear HIFA Colleagues,

I came across an interesting article that gives a detailed account of the spread of the current SARS outbreak in China.

"No health authority has ever tackled the challenge currently faced by China, however, as the country grapples with a new coronavirus just as hundreds of millions prepare to travel during the Lunar New Year period- the largest annual human migration on Earth."

The article also shares perspectives about a possible "cover up" of information and its implications.

Find the full article at:

HIFA Profile: Poorvaprabha Patil is an undergraduate medical student at Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, India. She has a huge passion for the field of medicine and public health. Poorva is a polyglot with a deep curiosity for various cultures around the world and their subsequent effects on healthcare practices.

Professional interests: Public Health, youth engagement, advocacy and policy-making.

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She is currently a HIFA co-moderator and is also a HIFA Country Representative.