Sunday, February 16, 2020

Experts Opinions on COVID 19

Experts Opinions on COVID 19

Dr KK Aggarwal
President CMAAO, HCFI and Past national President IMA

“I think this virus is probably with us beyond this season, beyond this year, and I think eventually the virus will find a foothold and we'll get community-based transmission and you can start to think about it like seasonal flu. The only difference is we don't understand this virus”
Dr. Robert Redfield
Director, CDC
US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Feb. 13, 2020

“What makes this one perhaps harder to control than SARS is that it may be possible to transmit before you are sick. I think we should be prepared for the equivalent of a very, very bad flu season, or maybe the worst-ever flu season in modern times.”
Prof. Marc Lipsitch
Prof. of Epidemiology, Harvard School of Public Health
Head, Harvard Ctr. Communicable Disease Dynamics
Feb. 11, 2020

“I hope this outbreak may be over in something like April’
Prof. Nanshan Zhong
Leading epidemiologist, first to describe SARS coronavirus
Feb. 11, 2020

“It could infect 60% of global population if unchecked”
Prof. Gabriel Leung
Expert on coronavirus epidemics
Chair of Public Health Medicine
Hong Kong University
Feb. 11, 2020

“It’s a new virus. We don’t know much about it, and therefore we’re all concerned to make certain it doesn’t evolve into something even worse”
Prof. W. Ian Lipkin
Epidemiology Director
Columbia University
Feb. 10, 2020

“We are estimating that about 50,000 new infections per day are occurring in China. [...] It will probably peak in its epicentre, Wuhan, in about one-month time; maybe a month or two later in the whole of China. The rest of the world will see epidemics at various times after that.”
Prof. Niall Ferguson
Director, Institute for Disease and Emergency Analytics
Imperial College, London Feb. 6, 2020

“This looks far more like H1N1’s spread than SARS, and I am increasingly alarmed”
Dr. Peter Piot
(Director, The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine)
Feb. 2, 2020

“It sounds and looks as if it’s going to be a very highly transmissible virus [...] This virus may still be learning what it can do, we don’t know its full potential yet.”
Robert Webster
(Infectious disease and avian flu expert at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital)
Feb. 2, 2020

“Increasingly unlikely that the virus can be contained”
Dr. Thomas R. Frieden
(Former Director of CDC)
Feb. 2, 2020

“It’s very, very transmissible, and it almost certainly is going to be a pandemic. But will it be catastrophic? I don’t know “
Dr. Anthony S. Fauci
(Director, National Inst. Allergy and Infectious Disease)
Feb. 2, 2020

“Until [containment] is impossible, we should keep trying”
Dr. Mike Ryan
(Head of the WHO’s Emergencies Program)
Feb. 1, 2020

“The more we learn about it, the greater the possibility is that transmission will not be able to be controlled with public health measures”
Dr. Allison McGeer
(Director of Infection Control, Mount Sinai Hospital)
Jan. 26, 2020

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