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'Every American Should Be Outraged' Says Pandemic Expert About Government Response

A woman wears a mask as she waits for a ride at Union Station, in view of the Capitol, Friday, March 13, 2020 in Washington. (Matt Rourke/AP)

What can people do to help as the number of COVID-19 cases continues to climb? Emerging disease expert Laurie Garrett says that’s the wrong question to ask.

“It’s not just what you can do,” the author of The Coming Plague: Newly Emerging Diseases in a World Out of Balance” says. “It’s what you should do.”

The number of COVID-19 cases worldwide has now topped 214,000, with more than 8,000 deaths. The United States announced that there are cases in all 50 states and cities like San Francisco are in lockdown.

Garrett — whose expertise lies in emerging diseases, foreign policy and global security — says it’s important to prevent the virus from circumnavigating the planet several

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