An intensive-care expert broke down just how infectious the coronavirus is, showing how 59,000 people get infected from 10 human interactions
- An intensive-care expert has demonstrated just how infectious the new coronavirus is, as people are urged to self isolate across the world.
- A person with the common flu will on average pass it to 1.4 people, Professor Hugh Montgomery told Channel 4's "Dispatches" on Sunday. If there are 10 cycles of that interaction, there will be 14 cases of the flu, he calculated.
- But the coronavirus is three times as infectious as flu. So if one person with the coronavirus passes it onto three people, and those three people pass onto three more people for ten cycles, there will be 59,000 infections, he said.
- "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," Montgomery said.
- Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.
This figure comes from calculating 1.4 to the power of ten, which yields 13.786."This coronavirus is very, very infectious, so every person passes to it three, now that doesn't sound like much of a difference, but if each of those three pass it to three and that happens in 10 layers, I have been responsible for infecting 59,000 people."
This figure it from raising three to the power of ten, which yields 59,059.Governments in countries including China, South Korea, France, Italy, the UK, the US, and Spain have been told to stay at home and self-isolate to stop the coronavirus from gathering momentum.Most of the deaths caused by the coronavirus have been observed in the elderly and those with underlying health conditions.
Montgomery also warned people against being complacent, saying: "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."
"This virus is not SARS, it's not MERS, and it's not influenza. It is a unique virus with unique characteristics," he said.
However, the flu and COVID-19 do have some similar symptoms, like a sore throat, fatigue, and a dry cough. People with COVID-19, however, don't typically have runny noses or sneeze a lot.The coronavirus' ability to spread quickly was observed in South Korea with the case of "Patient 31."
South Korea now has more than 8,900 cases and 111 deaths, but the spread of the virus has been significantly slowed by stringent isolation and lockdown measures.
"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
- PM's visit to vaccine centres gets 'praise' from Congress
- Pollution, pandemic and pre-term birth
- Serum Institute of India threatens to seek ₹100 crore in damages from Chennai volunteer
- PM to interact with more teams of Covid-19 vaccine developers
- UP to have cold chain space for 1.23L litres of vaccine