For those of you who didn’t catch his press conference today, Dr. Bruce Aylward (renowned expert who led the team of experts on the ground in China), had a few alarming comments about the seriousness of the disease. ( source: https://youtu.be/-o0q1XMRKYM?t=3058)
“The bottom line is this virus kills people… it kills our elderly and vulnerable… but this is not always the case – young people do die of this disease even in industrialized countries.
People are looking at this saying that but in China they don’t have this, they don’t have that, etc. If I had COVID-19, I’d want to be treated in China.
We’d go into these hospitals, how many ventilators do you have? 50-60. A scale we aren’t used to seeing. How many ECMO systems do you have? 5. We don’t have that in Europe. When we look at how dangerous this disease is, we have to be careful looking at the China data.
China know how to keep people alive from COVID – they are super committed to it and they are making a massive investment in it. That is not going to be the case everywhere in the world…. It is a serious disease and I worry that people are going to look at the China numbers and get a false sense of security.“
He also goes on to share during the question period that he doesn’t think there is a significant “iceberg” of mild cases that we aren’t seeing in China because some community testing hasn’t really shown that. This is alarming to me and something I was really hoping for.
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