Expert, first-hand and accurate information directly from eminent leaders in the field is crucial during this time of unprecedented global turmoil. Dr. Vivek H. Murthy, who served as the 19th Surgeon General of the United States from December 15, 2014 to April 21, 2017, provided an overview of the current situation surrounding the coronavirus. He answered several questions on some common-sense steps to stop the spread of the virus, and what to expect next.
Facts about Covid-19
Covid-19 has symptoms similar to that of the flu, but there are subtle clinical differences. It is much more contagious than the flu.
It is 10 times more deadly than the flu, with the case fatality rate (CFR) approximated to be 1% (1 out of 100 people).
The virus causes pneumonia directly (so is viral in nature) and cannot be treated with antibiotics as in the case of normal bacterial pneumonia.
Mortality rates show that the virus affects the elderly population much more than children.
South Korea, Iran, Italy and Spain have been severely affected.
China minimised social interactions and emphasised proactive testing as virus containment methods.
South Korea has also implemented strict rules, and the number of new cases has been reduced to less than 100 per day.
Italy was not able to tamp down on containment, and their health systems are overwhelmed.
You can read upto 3 premium stories before you subscribe to Magzter GOLD
Log-in, if you are already a subscriber
Get unlimited access to thousands of curated premium stories and 5,000+ magazines
READ THE ENTIRE ISSUE