Buried in the pages of the January 6, 2020, edition of the New York Times was an article titled “China Grapples with Mystery Pneumonia-like Illness” (asamonitor.pub/3pw6KGS). Fifty-nine people in Wuhan had been sickened.
As of this writing (November 15, 2020), that has increased almost 1 million-fold. Fifty-four million individuals have been infected worldwide, and 1.3 million have died. With the onset of winter, we are seeing a second global surge. The IHME estimates that 1.9 million will die by the end of the year. Where have we been, where are we going, and what have we learned?