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Disease Control Expert Debunks Coronavirus Myths | WIRED UK

March 11, 2020

I am Dr. Bharat Pankhania. I have been
an infectious disease doctor for the last 20 years and I’m here to bust some
myths about the new coronavirus, COVID-19. The seasonal influenza virus, of all the people
it infects, causes deaths of about 0.6%. The coronavirus, when it infects people,
appears to be causing deaths around 1, 1.5%. So, of course, the new coronavirus we’re very
concerned about it because it’s more infectious and more disease-causing than
the seasonal influenza virus. Public transport is unavoidable –
we’ve got to live our lives. I would create my own virtual personal
protective zone. Be conscious, be aware. Try and avoid entering crowds.
Step back if there are crowded places, step away and far away from anyone who is
coughing and sneezing as soon as you can get to a nice warm water and sink, wash your hands
carefully and thoroughly and dry them. That is the best precaution you
can take to look after yourself. The best hand sanitiser that we
can use against the coronavirus is one that has an alcohol
content ranging from 60 to 90%. It needs a mixture of alcohol and
water in the right proportions. Having said that, the best solution is warm water,
soap, wash your hands and dry them properly, much better than using
alcohol hand gel only. The corona virus can infect anyone
and everyone – regardless of their age. It is a new virus, it has just emerged,
everyone on planet Earth is susceptible to it. Of those people who get infected the elderly and
the ones with other coexisting medical conditions seem to suffer more serious harmful
effects from this infection. Anyone can get infected and therefore we
should make sure no one gets infected. The best place for face masks
is in a healthcare setting. For people who are not used to wearing face
masks it is not a good idea to now start. You might, by mistake in the process of
fiddling around with your face mask, introduce an infection to your sensitive
area, the nose, the mouth area. Keep your hands clean and keep your
hands away from this sensitive area, the nose and the mouth and,
of course, your eyes too. We have a report of one dog in Hong Kong
who has tested positive for the coronavirus. This is most probably from the dog’s owner to
the dog, rather than from the dog to the owner. We are also keeping a very close
eye on domestic animals and pets to make sure that they are not becoming
reservoirs of this coronavirus. A lot of people think that
a mutation is a bad thing. All that it is is that when the virus
replicates, it makes mistakes. We hope that as a result of multiple
infections and multiple mistakes, these viruses actually lose their potency and
become ineffective in infecting humans. It is very difficult, extremely difficult,
to create vaccines from scratch. The coronavirus vaccine
is not around the corner. In the absence of a good vaccine we
need to exercise infection control because that is the only remedy
we have against the coronavirus. There is no scientific evidence that
any one of those home remedies are of any benefit against
the coronavirus infection. Using some of those remedies,
such as sesame oil, have the potential to set up a serious
allergic reaction in some people. My advice is: please don’t go down the
route of using these home remedies which are not tried,
tested or trusted. Our priority number one, with regard to
the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, is to bring it safely under control and
reduce the number of cases, and hopefully eliminate the
coronavirus from planet Earth. Having achieved that, our second
important priority is to look at why did this virus emerge
in the first instance? A lot of these viruses are resident
in animal populations. As a result of man’s interference in animal populations,
we allow the emergence of these new viruses. A lot of thought, scientific thought and
applications have to be put into place to prevent such
emerging viruses again.


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  • Reply baresi Jabba March 10, 2020 at 7:40 pm

    Yes a new virus created by satan and spread by your goverments.

  • Reply Shviko March 10, 2020 at 7:43 pm

    nice content keep up the amazing content

  • Reply Mimi March 10, 2020 at 7:52 pm

    This is the first video I’ve seen that is accurate. With worthwhile information.

  • Reply Matthew Burgess March 10, 2020 at 8:16 pm

    Some nice clear advice!

  • Reply Ramesh Dholiwar March 10, 2020 at 8:33 pm

    Thank you, very clear and concise. This is what we need to avoid panic and mistakes. Periodic updates from you would be very beneficial.

  • Reply samuelec March 10, 2020 at 9:39 pm

    Where did you take those percentage of 1% ??
    In Italy is killing more than 135 people per day are you blind?

  • Reply George H March 10, 2020 at 10:21 pm

    Sensible advice

  • Reply mollux March 10, 2020 at 11:22 pm

    Why does this have so few views? This should go…


    (alright, I know where the door is)

  • Reply March 11, 2020 at 12:38 am

    Spread the information, not the virus.

  • Reply B3NN10N March 11, 2020 at 12:41 am

    New disease….

    But this guy knows….

  • Reply Ian Barcelos March 11, 2020 at 1:54 am

    Where are the subtitles guys? We need this more than ever. Everyone should be able to see these videos.

  • Reply Azeem Majeed March 11, 2020 at 2:36 am

    A very clear video with important messages about coronavirus for the public. Well done.

  • Reply Ron Warner March 11, 2020 at 2:39 am

    Where is he getting his stats? 1.5% death rate?

    World Health Organization just a few days ago said it’s 3.4%

    A little hard to believe when your very first fact doesn’t match official statistics—3-march-2020

  • Reply Jabir Ansari March 11, 2020 at 3:14 am

    WHO declared some days ago that Covid-19 death rate is 3.4% far above what you are saying here.

  • Reply karl53133 March 11, 2020 at 3:47 am

    Obviously hasn't had to use a train in the UK lately as people are packed like sardines….

  • Reply Nenad Stanojevic March 11, 2020 at 4:31 am

    A guru with 20 years experience and says … home remedies don't work.
    Yea right!

    Time this guru got a crash course in natural medicines.
    Maybe he was (paid off) a long time a go.
    Quack. Quack.

  • Reply Nenad Stanojevic March 11, 2020 at 4:32 am

    Dont worry, you dog can catch the virus also and then spread it as well.

    There is nothing to be worried about.


  • Reply Gioxtream March 11, 2020 at 4:53 am

    Check this out

  • Reply Noah Spanks March 11, 2020 at 6:06 am

    Thank you. I was alittle worried for myself and my family. Looking at the cdc report with no cases in Alabama and only in the range of 1000 cases reported in America. I can calm my worries.

  • Reply Gurung Jigme March 11, 2020 at 6:22 am

    Avoid public transport, and yet we have people working in airport and aircraft.

  • Reply So Cool1 March 11, 2020 at 6:34 am

    Thanks for telling me something that anybody with common sense should know

  • Reply Phuck Kneegers March 11, 2020 at 7:26 am

    So common sense? Check.

  • Reply Dan March 11, 2020 at 10:01 am

    This guy doesn't own a calculator. And mutations can be catastrophic for example the Spanish flu mutated to become super deadly killing people within 12 hours of showing symptoms. The death toll is estimated at 100 million when population was much smaller than today. mutation mistakes can go either way

  • Reply p web March 11, 2020 at 10:32 am

    Interesting He says the the normal flu kills about 0.6% . My previous information has been that it kills about 0.1%.

  • Reply Thomas Butcher March 11, 2020 at 11:42 am

    Not sure seasonal flu kills anything like 0.6% – not typically I know there have been more serious outbreaks.

  • Reply Bruce Shaw March 11, 2020 at 12:04 pm

    Thank you for this advice , it's only what I ve been saying from the start " just use common sense " it's the flu and that's all it is the biggest problem with covid 19 is the panic it's causing as we say in the UK " stay calm and carry on "

  • Reply Nikko H March 11, 2020 at 12:09 pm

    Finally! A well educated doctor!!

  • Reply Harry Price March 11, 2020 at 1:17 pm

    This should be on wired main channel

  • Reply Pumpkinska {Coventina Soapery} March 11, 2020 at 2:24 pm

    Glad he said at the end about mans interference in animal populations. The disgusting way some of our species treat other animal species needs to be addressed. Live animal markets, or 'wet markets, bush meat etc are areas of massive concern, not only for public health, but for ecology and the dreadful disregard to animal welfare. The more meddling, the more eating of wild animals, the more chances of further zoonotic virus transmission.

  • Reply Joel Tunnah March 11, 2020 at 2:42 pm

    Why is this any more difficult to create a vaccine for than any other virus? They make a new flu vaccine every year in millions of doses.

  • Reply Sweet Vuvuzela March 11, 2020 at 2:48 pm

    Dr did you also come on lbc

  • Reply paul h March 11, 2020 at 3:15 pm

    "Trust me, I'm a doctor. Doctor Toboggan. MANTIS Toboggan!"

  • Reply Sam King March 11, 2020 at 3:49 pm

    This video should be broadcast on every single television, laptop, tablet and mobile phone every day several times per day.

    When there are news broadcasts showing a woman that had wrapped herself up in plastic grocery store bags to pick her child up from school it's obvious there's a ton of bad information getting out there.

    Thank you for making this video and putting forth the effort to get clear, accurate and practical information out to the public!

  • Reply Robert Castle March 11, 2020 at 4:44 pm

    Yes this is all good….as far as it goes.The common flu has infected and killed exponentionally more people than this Covid 19 virus in the same time.This whole thing has been designed to panic the world's population by the deep state criminal cabal for their own nefarious purposes..They manufactured this in a military Bio warfare lab.They have been spewing chem trails ,harmfull nano metals on the world's population yet all this is kept secret.Yes wash your hands before and after meals. C60 will boost your immune system.1000mg vitimin c tablets one a day will boost your immune system.GcMaf would definitely be very efficacious with its amazing immune boosting qualities.The pharmaceutical companies keep the healing qualities of C60 and GcMaf secret.

  • Reply Lux March 11, 2020 at 4:49 pm

    If it's a new virus, how can myths be busted if we don't know enough about it yet?

  • Reply Tom Thumb March 11, 2020 at 5:18 pm

    No, you dipstick. Before you put the mask on you would have washed your hands first. Wear a mask. wash, wash, and wash again.

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