How long will this pandemic persist? Are U.S. hospitals going to be overwhelmed? And what’s it like to be quarantined on a cruise ship?

We discuss all that and more on the latest episode of “The Readout LOUD,” STAT’s biotech podcast. This week, we’re devoting the entire show to the voices of people affected by the coronavirus pandemic. First, our colleague Helen Branswell joins us for an update on containment efforts in the U.S. and how experts expect the outbreak to evolve. Then, we talk to a consultant in Milan about life under the lockdown in Northern Italy. Later, we talk to a New York University physician who, like clinicians around the world, is preparing for the possibility of a flood of cases in her hospital. Finally, we hear from a Florida woman who was trapped on a cruise ship and subsequently quarantined.

For more on what we cover, here’s the latest on the coronavirus outbreak.

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