The Point: Why has the new COVID-19 study attracted so much attention?


Published on Jun 12, 2020

A new study suggests COVID-19 cases may have been spreading in Wuhan earlier than previously thought. Released by researchers from Harvard and Boston University, the study examines a year-on-year rise in hospital parking lot usage at some Wuhan hospitals, starting in August 2019. But not everyone is convinced. Medical experts are already pointing out some holes in the research. Why has the study attracted so much attention? What exactly does it try to prove? And what kind of political motivation might be fueling its popularity?

Guests: Eric Ding, Epidemiologist, Harvard Chan School of Public Health; Victor Gao, Vice President, Center for China and Globalization

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