Coronavirus Outbreak: What You Need to Know

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(upbeat music) (audience applauds) – Coronavirus. People are scared, heck I’m scared. Today we’re breaking down
what you need to know, joining us from the National Institute of Health via Skype is the director of the National Institute of
Allergy and Infectious Disease, Dr. Anthony Fauci. Here in studio we’re joined by infectious disease
expert Dr. Ravina Kullar, Dr. Fauci starting with you, just can you tell us what the latest developments
are with the Coronavirus? – [Fauci] This is a brand new virus, it’s called Coronavirus which is in the same family as the
virus that caused SARS. It’s a respiratory-born illness, it exploded in China, starting first recognition
at the end of December and right now by travel-related cases there are now at least 25 countries that have cases of Coronavirus in it now and there have been some
person-to-person transmission. We’re at a very interesting
point in time with this because we’re not sure
what direction it’s going, it could conceivably evolve
into a global pandemic if the countries that
have travel-related cases do not have the capability
of containing them and preventing them from going from person to person to person. So we’re really, although the risk in the United
States is really quite low, this could change. – [Andrew] Dr. Fauci I mean I remember medical school reading
about the Coronavirus, I mean it’s a big family of viruses, it’s been out there for a while but this is a particularly
new virulent strain, correct? – [Fauci] It’s absolutely correct, if you look at the Coronaviruses, four Coronaviruses account for about 10 to 30 percent of the common
colds that we get every year, so we used to think of Coronaviruses, we would think of a relatively mild virus that causes the common cold, then in 2002 when we had SARS, we found out that this could
be a very serious virus that could lead to bad
pulmonary disease and death. – [Travis] Can we just talk briefly about why certain people are dying from this? – The overwhelming majority of people who get into serious trouble are people who are either elderly and/or have underlying conditions
like heart disease, chronic lung disease, diabetes, obesity and things like that. But every once in a while, just like we see that with influenza, you get an otherwise perfectly normal healthy young person
who gets the infection and actually gets seriously
ill and/or dies from it. The median age of this
disease is about 56. And the median age of
people who get into trouble requiring intensive care
and sometimes intubation is somewhere between 65 and 75. So it really is a disease
that for the most part if you’re gonna get a complication, it’s either in the elderly or in people who have
underlying conditions. – [Travis] So Dr. Varina, I wanna ask you because you just came
back from a conference with the World Health Organization. So what is the latest from
the worldwide perspective? – Looking at the way
the Chinese government actually hid what was happening, looking at how they downplayed
the severity of the disease, I think that’s where this all started. We could have prevented
this from even happening if the Chinese government
was a little bit more forthright with us and if they just also even help, let the World Health
Organization and the CDC help, that point it was already too late. 5 million people at that point already traveled for the new year and that is what caused this transmission. – [Travis] You raise such a good point… – At that point the
cat was out of the bag. – The cat was out of the bag! – These people have already left China to literally go all over the world. – [Varina] Exactly. – [Andrew] And that’s
why we’re dealing with such a different situation here, the travel now is so easy. People don’t think twice
about flying around the world, halfway around the world, whatever. That makes every part of the
world at risk for transmission. – [Varina] I mean, this is the thing with infectious diseases, they don’t care about having a passport, they don’t care about borders and that, they don’t care about walls and this is where we are at now and from a global scale what’s happened is that there’s any travel
to China has been banned and any coming here and so
that can at least contain it.

11 thoughts on “Coronavirus Outbreak: What You Need to Know

  1. Dr. Segal was at a Washington airport and there were still plains coming in from China as of yesterday. They are lying and telling people it’s none of our business! We need to stop all flights out of USA until this is cleared up.

  2. I have rheumatoid arthritis and Hashimoto's thyroiditis, and several other autoimmune illnesses. I was wondering if the flu would hit me harder because my immune system when triggered attacks healthy organs and tissue instead of going after the flu virus.

  3. I'm a Singaporean and I'm sad, angry and frustrated that the first top 5 cases first started with Chinese from China Mainland transmitting over to local communities! Now it has impacted our society causing surgical masks and hand sanitizers to run out of stock, even to the extent of people swiping dried goods such as instant noodles, rice and toilet papers off the shelves! :'(

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