According to an expert, a coronavirus patient can infect 59,000 people.
Dr. Hugh Montgomery, professor of intensive care medicine at University College London, has found how ignoring social distance can lead to a significant increase in infection rates, reports The Sun,
Prof. Montgomery said 59,000 more people could be infected for every single coronavirus patient.
“Normal flu, if I get that, I’ll infect 1.3, 1.4 people on average – if there is such a split,” he said Channel 4 broadcasts.
“And if these 1.3, 1.4 people gave it to the next lot, it will be the second time that it will be passed on.
“Until that happened 10 times, I was responsible for about 14 cases of flu.”
However, he went on to explain that the coronavirus is “very, very contagious” and that anyone who infects it will pass it on to three if they do not use distancing practices to protect it from others.
“Well, that doesn’t sound like much of a difference, but if each of these three translates it into three and that happens in 10 shifts, I was responsible for infecting 59,000 people,” he said.
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He said that while most people would feel uncomfortable, they would recover, but if they did not isolate themselves, they would spread it.
“Some people get sick around the tenth day of their illness, so they have to be hospitalized,” continued Prof. Montgomery.
“When they’re in a hospital, they use up resources and time, and people are right to take care of them.
“They are being monitored to see if they are really, really sick.
“These people come to an intensive care unit and your life is saved there if you are seriously ill or not – and that’s the problem.
“If we have a limited resource that we have, a limited number of ventilators, a limited number of doctors, a limited number of nurses – if we overwhelm that, we cannot offer this service to properly care for these people. ”
“IT WILL BE UGLY”
Prof. Montgomery told the program that he would not “downplay” it.
“It will be ugly, it will be terrible for a large number of people,” he said.
However, he explained that it would be a small number of people who would get really sick and a smaller percentage of those who would need to go back to an intensive care unit.
“We can also save the lives of a large number of these people,” he added.
“But please remember that the best chance we can give the sick people is that we have enough beds, staff and equipment to be there for you.
“If you’re irresponsible enough to think that you don’t mind if you get the flu, remember that it’s not about you, it’s about everyone else.”
There is growing concern that Britain is on a path similar to Italy – the scene of the worst outbreak in the world – where the death toll has exceeded 6,000.
The Italian government is one of several European countries announcing new or expanded restrictions. Germany prohibits public gatherings of more than two people who do not come from the same household.
The British government said it would ensure that those without families and friends who support it continue to receive food and medicine, with the military helping to organize deliveries.
The UK Health Minister described those who ignore the advice of social distancing as “very selfish” to stay two meters apart.
Matt Hancock also indicated that further measures to fight the virus could be taken.
Photos appeared in Australia showing crowds of people visiting open spaces in many parts of the UK and also in Australia at the popular Bondi Beach in Sydney – despite the guidelines on social distance.
The Waverley Council closed all three beaches in response to the announcement by NSW Police Secretary David Elliot that a maximum of 500 people could be on the beach at one time across the state.
These beaches are Bondi, Bronte and Tamarama.
The closure will allow the Council to plan how to comply with the new restrictions, the Council said in a statement.
There are now at least 1882 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Australia with seven deaths to date. There are 818 in New South Wales, 411 in Victoria, 319 in Queensland, 134 in South Australia, 140 in Western Australia, 28 in Tasmania, 32 in the Australian Capital Territory and five in the Northern Territory.
The Australian government has approved a billion-dollar grant package that includes a $ 550 coronavirus surcharge for those entitled.
This article originally appeared on The Sun and has been reproduced with permission