Oh, it’s just a flu.
It’s okay, I’ll survive this.
I am sure you must have heard people saying these things, amid the coronavirus outbreak. And while there is some truth to the statements, the problem we are facing is much bigger.
Elaborating on this, intensive care specialist Professor Hugh Montgomery, explains how the coronavirus affects people.
Normal flu, if I get that, I am going to infect 1.3-1.4 people, if there could be such a division. By the time it happens 10 times, I will have infected 14 people. Coronavirus, every person passes it on to 3. If those 3 people pass it on to another 3, and it happens in 10 layers, I will have infected 59,000 people.
He further said that it takes around 10 days for a person to fully realise that they are infected, and by that time, it’s too late.
When asked about whether it’s the end of the world, he said that he doesn’t want to downplay things, but no.
It’s going to be ugly, it’s going to be horrible…but it will be a small number of people who get properly sick and a smaller percentage of those need to come to an ICU, and we can save the lives of a large number of those people too.
In the end, he said that for lives to be saved, doctors need resources and that should be taken care of. You can watch the complete video here:
“If you are irresponsible enough to think that you don’t mind if you get the flu, remember it’s not about you – it’s about everybody else.”— Channel 4 Dispatches (@C4Dispatches) March 22, 2020
Intensive care specialist Professor Hugh Montgomery explains why this coronavirus is different from the ordinary flu. pic.twitter.com/h9sQorHQUv