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Five Things We've Learned from COVID in Three Years

Three years ago, on March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced that the coronavirus that causes COVID was officially a pandemic. Three years later the WHO has recorded more than 6.8 million COVID deaths, though studies of global excess mortality, or deaths above and beyond the expected amount in a given time, suggest the actual number is more than double that amount. Despite the challenges of building preparedness, we have learned some hard-won lessons about SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID, that could inform our approach to future pandemics—and public health in general. One of the unambiguous successes of the response to the COVID pandemic was the rapid development of effective vaccines. Read more from the Scientific American on the five lessons learned from the COVID pandemic here.