This is the time for expert opinion to prevail over tea leaves and conspiracy theories. Therapists may be the first healthcare professional a patient feels comfortable enough to ask questions about epidemics. They may want to know how epidemics spread, how are they stopped, and whether to be scared.

At a time when COVID-19 is on the minds of healthcare professionals and the patients they serve, this is when therapists should arm themselves with more than just the headlines and whatever they recall from freshman biology. Read this deep dive and help your patients understand how epidemics impact society and reveal its weak spots.

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