Why The New Coronavirus Keeps Spreading Despite quarantines and other measures, the coronavirus keeps popping up. What makes it so hard to control?
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Coronavirus Is Here. Will Quarantines Help?

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Coronavirus Is Here. Will Quarantines Help?

Coronavirus Is Here. Will Quarantines Help?

Coronavirus Is Here. Will Quarantines Help?

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Visitors to a hotel on the Spanish island of Tenerife were briefly quarantined in February after an Italian doctor staying there tested positive for the new Coronavirus. STR/AP hide caption

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Visitors to a hotel on the Spanish island of Tenerife were briefly quarantined in February after an Italian doctor staying there tested positive for the new Coronavirus.

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China has told millions of its citizens to stay home; Italy has locked down entire towns; and yet the coronavirus keeps popping up in new places. With cases now reported in numerous states, from California to Massachusetts, Short Wave talks to Nahid Bhadelia of Boston University about why it's so hard to stop this new disease.

Follow Nahid Bhadelia on Twitter at @BhadeliaMD and Maddie Sofia at @maddie_sofia. Email the show at shortwave@npr.org.

This episode was produced by Rebecca Ramirez and edited by Geoff Brumfiel.