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Since the first COVID-19 cases in the United States were detected about a year ago, the nation and the world have come a long way in understanding the virus.
Public health experts laud the development of the COVID-19 vaccines as a “Herculean effort” and a “terrific triumph.”
Challenges remain in addressing misinformation and vaccine hesitancy, grappling with the long-term effects of COVID-19, and preparing for the possibility of a future pandemic.
Roughly a year ago, the first cases of COVID-19 in the United States were detected, and lockdowns and restrictions to stop the spread of the virus were put into place.
Since then the nation and the world have come a long way in understanding the virus, known as SARS-CoV-2, which has claimed the lives of more than 500,000 people in the United States and 2.5 million people across the globe.
Healthline spoke with three infectious disease experts about the biggest lessons we learned over the past year and what our priorities should be as we head into year two of the pandemic.
When COVID-19 first hit the United States in early 2020, scientists were left to grapple with a new virus with little information on how it could be transmitted, prevented, or treated…