Coronavirus has indeed emerged out to be a global epidemic, and as the day passes, more and more people are being infected with this devastating disease. Apart from China, where the virus initially originated, many people across the globe, especially in a country like Italy and Singapore, have been infected, and more people have died due to this disease. The recent reports claimed that the disease has globally killed around 2,700 people and has left around 80,000 infected.
World Health Organisation (WHO) recently told that the opportunity to contain the disease is narrowing, and now well-known Harvard scientist has joined the chat and claimed that COVID-19 is likely to be a global pandemic. Marc Lipsitch, an epidemiologist from Harvard University, stated that around 40 to 70 percent of the total world population is going to be affected by this harmful virus this year.
Also, the Director of the Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics at Harvard, further added that he couldn’t give a decent number of the world’s population that would be symptomatic. Marc Lipsitch isn’t the only health experts with this assumption, and another two renowned experts have given quite similar estimates about the coronavirus.
Ira Longini, a biostatistician, and adviser to the WHO and Prof Gabriel Leung from Hong Kong University are the two experts who have similar assessments as Lipsitch. Ira Longini claimed that around two-thirds of the global population would ultimately contract COVID-19 while Prof Gabriel Leung, the virus would be in attack rate and affect approximately 60 to 80 percent of the world’s population if the transmission approximation of 2.5 extra individuals for each infected rate is accurate.
Robert Redfield, the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in an interview with CNN, reported that coronavirus is likely to get community-based transmission. He fears that the virus is now beyond this season, or even this year and might affect deep communities. CDC recently confirmed that there are about 15 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in US soil.