What you should really be worried about with the coronavirus

University of California School of Medicine Epidemiologist, Brandon Brown, previously was under quarantine during the SARS epidemic, shares his perspective on how successful quarantines are.
2:19 | 02/06/20

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Let's get some more perspective on this current outbreak specifically some of the fears people may have at home. And what we should perhaps really be worried about tourists live right now is Brandon brown from the school of medicine at the University of California Riverside. Credit they sort of Ernest tonight you've lived under quarantine during the SARS epidemic. How success for quarantines. Can. So far they've actually been very successful here in this country you know you've heard you've been today that there's been one plane. That's been brought to march air base and you have two more planes and so far it's actually been been pretty effective. You know earlier today the general the World Health Organization said they need greater cooperation from them more developed countries in reporting. And we've heard reports that the Chinese may actually be under reporting cases. How do you combat sort of a lack of information some times in a panic stricken time or misinformation. It's it's real difficult Napster's so one of the one of the reasons might be lack of report of information but I'm probably the more likely reason is. We don't actually know who has the virus over there. And and you are so because of the incubation period from two to fourteen days we're gonna continue to see kind of these numbers. Have an infection rising we duets and the aware of the misinformation especially around social media. And one of the ways that we can trying combat that is to point people to. Information sources that are a liable in this country including best Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Or tell us what you think we really should be concerned about here in the US where the middle will flu epidemic. And you said this is much more pressing and his or embark tension but when you look at the pictures coming out of China corona virus is still very terrifying for Americans. Yeah it's it's really scary and the unknown is the thing that's really scary so you if you look at the numbers right now for the novel krona Marist. We have over its when he 5000 people who are infected just under 500 who have been killed by the crown buyers. Right now in the US were in the flu season and since October 1. There's been about its when he million infected. And about 101000 who have been killed from the flu so freak put these numbers and the perspective. We should really focus on what's pertinent right now it's us and that's the flu virus RI Brandon brown for us tonight from UC Riverside Brant thanks so much for joining us.

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