"This is the greatest public health challenge I have seen in my lifetime. I was in medical school during the AIDS epidemic, and COVID-19 has proven to be much worse." 

Those are the words of Yale New Haven Hospital Pediatrician Kirsten Bechtel, regarding the COVID-19 global pandemic. Bechtel is certainly qualified to talk about the coronavirus. Aside from having 24 years of physician experience, Bechtel spent a week at Yale's Intensive Care Unit treating COVID-19 patients. "I have never treated patients who were that sick," she says. 

The main thing Bechtel wants people to know about COVID-19 is that it differs from many known illnesses. "It is not the flu," she states, "It is much more dangerous."

Bechtel is correct. According to the Central Disease Control, or the CDC, COVID-19, also known as novel coronavirus, is "a new coronavirus that has not previously been identified." The CDC's website highlights the differences between COVID-19 and other known diseases, like the common cold, and the flu. "It's very unique," Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said in an interview with Medscape. "I've never seen a pathogen, and in this case a virus, with such an amazing spectrum of disease severity."

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