Rick Tomlin, Katie, Peter Rabinowitz discussed on Coast to Coast AM


Pacific Northwest Rick Tomlin in my Katie on the show today in light of this corona virus case involving this man in every please now to be joined by doctor Peter Rabinowitz he is the director of the U. debit medicine for pandemic preparedness and global health is a new university of Washington collaborative working to fight infectious diseases like Ebola and seek of viruses and the new corona virus which is emerging in China doctor of benefits thanks so much for joining us that's a pleasure so you've studied a corona virus not set necessarily this case in Everett but what can you tell us about it in terms of symptoms severity and so on well this novel coronavirus which begin to break out several weeks ago and we'll hunt China resembles some of the other novel coronavirus is that we've seen in recent decades such as the sars outbreak in China and then the outbreak of Middle East respiratory syndrome in Saudi Arabia in two thousand twelve in these are basically via by restricting causes severe pneumonia and the person would have fever and pneumonia difficulty breathing and in some cases they can become fatal and what are the treatments available the treatments at the moment are mostly supportive as you know for many viral diseases we really don't have specific therapies so it's trying to keep the person alliance sometimes using a respirator taking care of other problems that they develop medically because of the infection and it said that the not always successful we don't have targeted therapies at the moment for a brand new virus like this SO three US airports are now screening for this out right move or what further steps do you think should be taken well I I do think we need to be cautious about travelers moving the virus to other places we've seen allocation that states there's been cases in several countries in Asia outside of China as well as movement around China there's the concern as you know with the Chinese New Year many people moving around that country and in and out of the country because of the holiday that that there's a real concern because the the the virus is thought to have originated in and out of all and then spread to people but now it appears to show the capability of going from person to person so how deadly would you say this virus has the potential to be compared to say Ebola it we're we're still learning you know in the in the initial stages will still learning of how many cases there really are and all of those cases how many are fatal there's a small number of people have died so far so we know that many more people are instructive than a than have died but one of the key differences between the ball R. and this type of viruses that this is a respiratory virus and is usually spread the respiratory viruses tend to be easily spread by things like coughing or being Justin them in close quarters with someone was a ball of Irish spread more through body fluids and and it's not so it's different control measures but respiratory viruses can spread very quickly and it makes us really look at the the story of what's happening with again sars the severe acute respiratory syndrome virus breaking out in two thousand to two thousand three in China originally among people who had contact with wild animals in markets and then murders breaking out in Saudi Arabia in two thousand twelve among people who had close contact with camels and now these cases coming from a area of China where there were markets it with animals and a good chance that these animals were the source of this virus it makes us realize that in the last several decades about possibly two thirds of all emerging infectious diseases are ones that come from animals and we have to really keep thinking about how we're managing our contact with animals and trying to keep animals healthy at the same time we're trying to keep ourselves healthy and then the real lesson here and how connected we are to the health of the animals on the planet as well yeah I know there's a lot of leg zoos in the areas or places where you can go and pet the farm animals everywhere and I always sort of you pull backing go is this wise should we be more cautious about that here you know around the Seattle area Pierce county and in some of these petting zoos or is that going too far to be worried about that I think it's I think it's a good chance to use a good common sense like hand washing and and realizing that whenever you contact another being whether it's your own or non humans there's the chance of exchanging some some germs as well as that as well as other things so that we we do need to use good precautions around around animals and at the same time animals provide so many positive things such as the cats in our house and things that we believe in usually the benefits outweigh the risks but we do need to be sensible and and and clear eyed about about the fact that they're always can do some research and and good good hygiene and things that we learned in kindergarten about washing there are things that we have to talk to a doctor Peter a been a weights is the director of the U. dub medicine for pandemic preparedness and global health is it in the public interest to know about a sickness if it's relatively isolated only affecting a few people or does it can only encourage panic in an unhealthy level of worry and potential anxiety it's always the balance of these things is that you don't want to create unnecessary concerned and then you don't want people to be overly blase about it either it's it's it's so hard to strike that balance I think that this is an evolving situation with the virus that potentially could spread in an airborne way and I I think being aware of of risk like this is better than not being aware of it and at the same time realizing that for most of the reasons you know your cancer of of of dying from contract in this new viruses is much much much smaller than many other common hazard sources said driving down the highway but but at the same time this is this is definitely a cause for public health concern and and I think as a society becoming even more aware of what are the things driving the emergence of somebody's infectious diseases local regional collectively not to not to have a crisis every time this happens that could be realizing that as the human population increases the animal populations are increasing contact with humans whether it's domestic animals or wildlife we're having a lot of contact with animals and we have to find ways to do that and help your way and and try to look for some of these outbreaks in the future so when it comes to pandemics in general and and this is that the latest news news case what keeps you up at night what fear deeply embedded in your sub conscious worst case scenario something like this spreading like wildfire fire or is there something that keeps you up at night have you seen the movie outbreak yeah exactly that's the one I say that the influenza continues to be you know it's been one of the largest historical killers in the last century and continues to to evade our attempts to totally control it and and has the ability to spread so quickly so influence the rest of the top of my list I'd I do worry about these novel coronavirus is because the sars outbreaks spread very quickly and fortunately died out after a certain period of time but it only takes some small mutations to become to become worse than that so those are some of the some of the top concerns I think the other concern is that we it with quickly chain and in some of the fight against Ebola and polio that that we lose the trust sometimes of of people that are at risk for some of these diseases and then if you if you lose people's trust in what you're doing then it's so hard to control these these at outbreaks even when you know what could potentially be successful if you don't have the support in the understanding of of people who are at risk for this whole idea of building trust in things like effective vaccines in public health measures is something that if if we lose that kind of trust were involuntary trouble thank you so much doctor Peter Ravenna wait said director of the U. de medicine for pandemic preparedness and global health really appreciate the time Greg Tom in a Miley Katie in today on Cairo afternoon drive.

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