Thursday, February 21, 2013

Comparison Between new #Coronavirus & SARS in not helpful: WHO Spokesman


WHO spokesman Gregory Hartl told Xinhua Thursday that the speed of replication of the virus is not related with its actual ability to spread.

He also reiterated that a comparison between the new virus and SARS virus is "not helpful".

He said that the novel coronavirus which we are seeing now is different genetically from SARS, it does not transmit as easily as SARS did, there are many fewer cases for the time-being of this novel coronavirus, and it causes a different spectrum of disease in some patients.

"So the two viruses are not the same," he said.

"We prefer to say that the two viruses are from the same family of coronaviruses, but that is where comparisons stop,"
he said.

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