Number of coronavirus cases continues to grow worldwide

Global Health Specialist at Duke University Dr. Jonathan Quick explains what to expect going forward and how to best respond to the threat.
3:16 | 03/05/20

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This outbreak continues to grow on a global scale and there are still questions about what to expect going forward and how to best respond for more on the reaction to this outbreak or bring in doctor Jonathan Quick. A global health professor at Duke University thanks so much for joining us doctor quick. The World Health Organization is saying that the mortality rate for the corona virus is at 3.4. Percent how alarming is that compared to past penned up next. Well when we look at that that raid actually blends together. Different risk groups but. He and it's at the averages is now we understand closer to 21%. But that's that's ten times what the seasonal flu is he and four people with heart disease. It's it's it's ten times that so it it is it is steadily and so deadly disease that we on who is the guy let me just say. But it hasn't say 80% is is. Is asymptomatic. Or be modeled mildly symptomatic so it's it's it's in that sense as a two headed hydra. And we know the flu season comes in the colder months and there was some hope that Kobe in nineteen would have a similar life span but now we're seeing cases in warm climate countries like. Nigeria and Brazil so does that mean that this is a virus that we need to worry about year round regardless of climate. Well the answer is we we don't know that yet because the virus is only been known to us for the last two months. These the last human. Sorry for the last human corona virus that when global was Cyrus in 2003. It ended as we got into the late spring but we're not sure that was a seasonal thing or just a result of a good public health that brought it to an end. Premiere experience working in the World Health Organization what do you make of their way to international organizations are responding to Al Franken and how does the US is response compare. To other countries. Well the global response is is really strong and it's it it we have learned from each of the past outbreaks and gotten stronger and stronger. There's a lot if we look at it did. It the speed of this outbreak. A month ago there was a handful of countries that had cases less than 200 cases outside of China. Today it's 101000 cases to Ian Ian more than seventy countries. Some of those are really hit hard some of those countries. Korea has half of those cases 5000 so they've not been able to control it. The US. Has bite independent assessment. That's the strongest public health system in the world on all the measures that are that are needed to to be prepared. That's said. None of us servant as prepared as soon as we could've been and should have been. Because we did in this cycle of panic and neglect. When there's an outbreak we make promises we put lots of funds and but what and when they win the memory of Ned fails. Then we start. So. If the response has been strong and stronger than the past but nowhere near as strong as it needs to be or could be. All right thank you so much for your insight doctor quickly appreciated.

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