Coronavirus: How countries across the globe are responding


And we are now the epicenter of this outbreak does how this virus a fact here people here in America look any different to you than what it has done in the rest of the world no this is a pretty vicious viral virus and everywhere has appeared it's because great numbers of people to die and it's also spread very easily in communities so what's happening in the U. S. has happened around the world H. what has been different is there strategies to contain the virus from what you're saying it sounds like you're suggesting a strategy to contain has not worked in the White House and said now they're just trying to mitigate it well the strategy works if it started early and if it's continued even during a time when there are many cases the objective is to identify people who are infected either those who are sick or those who are contacting those people who are sick and then to isolate those people and stop transmission well at the same time having other measures such as physical distancing and means to keep people from getting too close together it sounds like what you're describing is what South Korea has done well that's right Singapore South Korea and Hong Kong have all begun a strategy very early to contain the outbreak and they've tried to contain that outbreak with minimal disruption in their daily lives there's a very important issue in all of these countries and that is the people clearly understand how to protect themselves and how to protect others they've been through the sars outbreak they know that they can stop this outbreak and they're working very hard to do that so that's one of their differences they've had sars outbreaks before they have learned how to not only stop transmission but also to stock up their hospital so they're able to take people when they do become sick would it be too early to lift some of the restrictions here in the United States as a medical professional what is your opinion I'm not asking about the politics well at the World Health Organization we've been discussing with a group of people how best this outbreak can be stopped and at the same time how the lockdown procedures can be lifted and the general consensus is that it depends on the risk assessment in the country China has already begun to unlock its heavy industrial sector and also it's small business sector and they're watching very closely to make sure the transmission doesn't increase as a result that's what other countries need to do as well we need to understand where the majority of transmission is occurring and then they need to keep those sectors lockdown most while unlocking the sectors where transmission is less important and having measures in place to stop transmission should begin to increase again there was a team of British doctors who wrote this week if that is the one of the signs of exposure to the virus is loss of taste and smell is that an indicator should Americans be looking out for that it certainly has been an indicator in the UK and in many other countries and I'm sure that in U. S. it will be the same manifesting missions so yes lots of Dennis has been a characteristic in some populations but the most reliable means of determining whether or not one is infected she is a fever and a persistent dry cough do you have any reason to believe that once someone is infected that they then become immune or do you think this virus will hit in waves again and again you know other current viruses don't develop long term immunity people can get infected with those current of viruses that cause common colds on a regular basis so it's very important that the immune response to this organism be studied it's too early to say for sure hopefully there will be a solid immunity develops so the vaccines can be developed that will be effective and other means of prevention will be possible well if there's some talk about people in developing immunity and therefore but allowing them to go back into society you're saying it's not clear yet if we can say that's a safe method you talked about the fact that this was transferred from the animal kingdom into humans and then now spread human to human what animals continue spreading this disease or was this a one time transmission as far as it is understood this was a one time episode where any animal in nature or even back in nature because this virus is very close to viruses in bats infected human and that human then infected others and there was some mass events in the city of Wuhan where many many different people were infected at the same time and sent off chains of transmission among their contacts and they traveled internationally and also within China China shut its borders to foreigners yesterday would you advise other countries to do the same it has to be a risk based assessment to really understand where their borders need to be closed China has closed its borders because it now has more infections coming from outside China then within China itself at least at present and so did they decided that they want to stop this by actually closing their borders and putting people who should come in if they're infected in quarantine should the Chinese Communist Party has shared more information about this virus and done it sooner they call me the government in China has shared information very friendly with the World Health Organization and also with others there are many published articles from Chinese investigators who have been put out on many different medical journals in front of the payroll so that everybody can understand what's going on so there's been a today quite a free sharing of information among countries and from countries

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