Bird Flu Is Spreading. Did We Learn Nothing From Covid?

By Zeynep Tufekci

Produced by Vishakha Darbha

American dairy cows have been contracting avian flu, and inactive traces of the virus have been found in milk supplies across the country. The spread to humans has been very limited, but the Times Opinion columnist Zeynep Tufekci argues that hoping for good luck is not a strategy for responding to potential pandemics and that government agencies need to do a better job of coordinating, testing and reporting their findings quickly.

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