The spread of coronavirus around the globe is “much, much worse” than seen with Ebola, according to the man who helped discover the earlier disease.
Professor Peter Piot, head of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, told Sky News that the outbreak of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, had the potential to turn into a “really bad situation”.
“This is much, much worse than Ebola,” he told Sky’s science correspondent Thomas Moore.
“Ebola requires very close contact for transmission. People are very scared of it, but frankly it is usually very contained. There are some exceptions.
“But because it [COVID-19] is a respiratory transmitted virus, that makes it so worrisome.
“It’s very infectious because there’s so much virus in your throat.
“So this is literally something you can catch by talking to somebody, which is not the case with other viruses.”
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Professor Piot co-discovered the Ebola virus in Zaire while working at the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp, Belgium.
Source : Sky News