VIDEO: Why Coronavirus Is ‘Like Nothing We’ve Seen In Recent Years,’ According To An Epidemiologist

Dr. Linda Brown, a senior epidemiologist at RTI International. (Image via screenshot)

By Billy Ball

April 21, 2020

Dr. Linda Brown, a senior epidemiologist at RTI International, talked with Cardinal & Pine about why social distancing remains essential to curb the spread of COVID-19, despite growing protests in North Carolina and across the U.S. to stay-at-home orders.

Dr. Brown had this to say to protesters who argue that, in this case, the cure — social distancing and its impacts on the economy — is worse than the disease: “I don’t think they would think it’s worse than the disease if they or someone in their family was was put on a ventilator in a hospital or died. … If it hits them or their families or people they love and know, it would be a different story.”

Watch the full video below.


  • Billy Ball

    Billy Ball is Cardinal & Pine's senior community editor. He’s covered local, state and national politics, government, education, criminal justice, the environment and immigration in North Carolina for almost two decades, winning state, regional and national awards for his reporting and commentary.

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