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2-year-old warning goes unheeded in lead-up to pandemic

Johns Hopkins released recommendations for fighting coronaviruses in 2018

Johns Hopkins University released "The Characteristics of Pandemic Pathogens" in 2018. (Photo courtesy of Johns Hopkins University)

TOKYO -- The coronavirus pandemic shows no sign of losing momentum as it hopscotches the globe, though many of its devastating effects and even its path might have been thwarted if the world had heeded warnings issued two years ago by Johns Hopkins University in "The Characteristics of Pandemic Pathogens."

The report calls attention to corona and other types of highly infectious viruses that infect the respiratory system. It makes eight key recommendations in warning that RNA viruses, whose ability to mutate makes them an especially wily enemy, are prone to explode into pandemics.

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