Experts say that the first confirmed case of a new coronavirus infection in Japan does not need to be scared. But they ask care.
Nobuhiko Okabe, head of the City Institute for Public Health Kawasaki, says that it is clear when the patient was infected because he visited Wuhan. He also says that human transmission was very limited to date.
But it also warns that there is not much information about the virus and that close monitoring is needed. He says in theory that the virus could be relieved and become more bleak and spread more easily among people.
He says that there is a higher risk of influenza infection in Japan and people should not be too nervous about catching the new coronavirus.
He says that the usual measures against flu are likely to be effective, such as washing hands and avoiding crowds.
Tohoku University, Professor Hitoshi Oshitani, says a large-scale outbreak is unlikely to happen at this point.
He says that healthcare workers treated by patients are not infected and that the infection is not widely spread from patients.
He points out that there is no sign of the spread of the virus rapidly and continuously such as the SARS virus that occurred in China and other parts of Asia in 2003.
He says that the new viruses seem to be creating less serious symptoms compared to SARS and other known viruses. He says that it is important that authorities quickly identify the source of the infection and understand the whole story.
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