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The Monitor's View A call to ‘fear-guard’ countries in a pandemic

Health experts drawing lessons from recent disease outbreaks say the world can do more to prevent ‘fear contagion.’ Doing so will improve the care and comfort needed during a crisis.

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Three years after the Ebola epidemic, and two years since the Zika outbreak, experts are more active than ever in pulling together lessons in hopes of not repeating past mistakes during another health crisis. A Senate panel in Washington plans a hearing soon on “pandemic protection.” In May, the Department of Health and Human Services issued a new strategy for pandemic influenza. And the World Health Organization has a new leader promising better preparation and response.