When the Coronavirus was unleashed in Wuhan, China, perhaps no one expected then, that lacs of people would die and millions of people would be infected because of this killer Novel Coronavirus. Here are some of the things that people said at the time when this killer Coronavirus was unleashed in Wuhan, China…
- “I am not accusing, I would just like to see their words match their actions. We asked them to take the advice of the WHO, to make a reasonable reaction. We don’t think there should be such a panic. We were given notice before they [the UK] made a formal announcement, we advised them we don’t think it’s a good idea. We believe the epidemic is controllable, preventable and curable.” – Ambassador Liu Xiaoming, in response to the British government telling all of its citizens to leave China because of the killer Coronavirus.
- “What is worrying about the Italian situation is that not all recorded cases seem to have a clear epidemiological history — that is, a connection with travels to China or contacts with already confirmed cases.” – Hans Kluge, Europe Director Of The World Health Organization (WHO)
- “The projected recovery is fragile. The COVID-19 virus – a global health emergency – has disrupted economic activity in China and could put the recovery at risk.” – Kristalina Georgieva, IMF chief
- “Hiding is not the answer. If you hide, it could hurt your health, your family’s health, and will not help in the early cessation of the situation.” – Kwon Young-jin, Mayor of Daegu, South Korea
- “Unless the transmissibility changes, surveillance and containment can only work so well. Isolating cases and quarantining contacts is not going to stop this virus.” – Ira Longini, adviser to the WHO
- “We’re not seeing community spread here in the United States, yet, but it’s very possible, even likely, that it may eventually happen. Our goal continues to be to slowing the introduction of the virus into the U.S. This buys us more time to prepare communities for more cases and possibly sustained spread. The day may come where we may need to implement such measures in this country.” – Dr. Nancy Messonnier, Director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases
- “We actively support the orderly resumption of work and production, but we still cannot relax our vigilance in the slightest.” – Zheng Jin Spokeswoman For The Shanghai Municipal Health Commission
- “I think it is likely we will see a global pandemic. If a pandemic happens, 40% to 70% of people world-wide are likely to be infected in the coming year. What proportion is asymptomatic, I can’t give a good number. Why do I think a pandemic is likely? The infection is in many parts of China and many countries in the world, with meaningful numbers of secondary transmissions. The scale is much larger than SARS for example (where the US had many introductions and no known onward transmission). Why do I think 40-70% infected? Simple math models with oversimple assumptions would predict far more than that given the R0 estimates in the 2-3 range (80-90%). Making more realistic assumptions about mixing, perhaps a little help from seasonality brings the numbers down.” – Prof. Marc Lipsitch, Prof. of Epidemiology, Harvard School of Public Health, Head, Harvard Ctr. Communicable Disease Dynamics
Chirag Vasani is Chief Editor for wwbnn. He has been writing online and offline since many years now. When he is not writing, he likes to play golf.