China Coronavirus a Challenge to Control: Analyst

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By NTD Newsroom
January 28, 2020COVID-19share

Amid fears over China’s new virus outbreak, officials now admit that some patients can still transmit the illness—even if they don’t show symptoms. A public health analyst says it will be extremely dangerous.

An expert said this will make the epidemic extremely difficult to control.

No treatment exists for the new virus, further expanding the similarities between it and SARS.

Public health analyst Laurie Garrett says that China’s only solution for the SARS epidemic 18 years ago was to isolate all potential patients, who were detectable because of their fever symptoms.

But this time, that strategy may not work.

With reporting by Penny Zhou.

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