Dr. Hugh Montgomery, an intensive care medicine professor, explained to Channel 4 discusses how infectious coronavirus is compared to the flu. He explains how a single person with coronavirus can infect 59,000 other people, as opposed to 14 with flu.

He said, “Normal flu, if I get that, I’m going to infect on average, about 1.3, 1.4 people – if there was such a division. And if those 1.3, 1.4 people gave it to the next lot, that’s the second time it gets passed on. By the time that’s happened 10 times, I’ve been responsible for about 14 cases of flu. ”

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Coronavirus spread is much different. According to Montgomery, “This coronavirus is very, very infectious, so every person passes it to three. Now that doesn’t sound like much of a difference, but if each of those three passes it to three, and that happens at 10 layers, I have been responsible for infecting 59,000 people.”

He added that its important to practice social distancing to prevent the spread, “I’m not going to play it down. It’s going to be ugly, it’s going to be horrible for a large number of people – but it will be a small number of people who get properly sick and a smaller percentage of those again that need to come to an intensive care unit and we can save the lives of a large number of those people too.  But please just remember that the best chance we can give for the people who did fall ill is if we have got enough beds and enough staff and enough kit to be able to be there for you. And if you are irresponsible enough to think that you don’t mind if you get the flu, remember it’s not about you, it’s about everybody else.”

Read more about protecting yourself from coronavirus. Check the CDC website for more information on how to protect yourself and check our latest article to learn how COVID-19 differs from the flu.

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