The difference between the flu and the new coronavirus: One person may be responsible for infecting 59,000 people
British professor Hugh Montgomery of the Institute of Health at the University of London explained the difference between the common flu and coronavirus.
“If I get the flu I will infect 1.3 to 1.4 people. If they carry the virus further it is a second round of transmission. But when ten laps of transmission occur, I will be responsible for about 14 cases of influenza. This coronavirus is very, very contagious so it transmits each person to three more people. “At first glance it doesn’t seem like much of a difference, but if each of these three infected three more, after ten laps of transmission I would be responsible for infecting 59,000 people.”
Professor Montgomery explains that most people will feel good or have mild symptoms, but the virus will spread further. A few will get sick, probably on the tenth day of the infection.
They will have to go to a hospital where they will receive treatment and will be under medical supervision if the situation worsens. If this happens they will have to be in intensive care.
“If we have limited resources, such as a limited number of respirators and medical staff, people will not receive adequate care,” the doctor explained.