Coronavirus: A global pandemic?
Is a global pandemic now inevitable or can public health measures hold up the transmission of the new coronavirus until a vaccine rides in to the rescue? The Alex Salmond Show interviews two world experts with contrasting views on the most likely outcome. Cambridge University virologist Dr. Chris Smith fears that the virus may already be widely circulating in Western countries and that a pandemic on the scale of the Spanish flu a century ago is a real possibility. Dr. Mark Honigsbaum, author of ‘The Pandemic Century’, argues that the early morbidity rate from China is probably overestimated and an outcome similar to the swine flu outbreak of 10 years ago is more likely. This still killed 200,000 people worldwide. Both experts agree that there is huge uncertainty and great cause for concern.
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