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Tips on when to stop worrying and start acting from a Wuhan coronavirus evacuee

A child wears a medical mask out of concern over the Coronavirus at the JFK terminal that serves planes bound for China.
A child wears a medical mask out of concern over the Coronavirus at the JFK terminal that serves planes bound for China.
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Unless you’re constitutionally incapable of worry (in which case, wow, enjoy!), the novel coronavirus outbreak has likely stirred up some anxiety. Across the world, people are stockpiling resources and canceling travel. But how can you tell the difference between ordinary levels of concern and an anxiety-fueled overreaction?

I had to face this head-on recently when a trip to Malaysia ended up doubling as an evacuation. You see, for the last year, I’ve been living in Wuhan, China, with my husband and three-year-old son. We came to Wuhan with open minds. …

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