WGBH News Analyst Charlie Sennott joined Boston Public Radio on Monday to speak about the 16 million people under quarantine in Northern Italy, due to the coronavirus.

"It's really become the epicenter of the global crisis and you have two-thirds of the Italian economy in Northern Italy," Sennott said. "This is the heart and center of financial and industrial Italy, this is basically shutting the country down."

Sennott said it's hard to determine whether coronavirus fears are justifiable or exaggerated.

"This week will be the determinate week this week, but it really feels like this is so much bigger than we realize and it's going to last longer than we realize," he said.

Charlie Sennott is a WGBH News Analyst and executive director ofThe GroundTruth Project.