White House coronavirus task force adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci said coronavirus has become the “worst nightmare” as the virus continues to quickly spread throughout the world, CNBC reported.
During an interview with the BIO Digital virtual health-care conference, Fauci said coronavirus is “something that’s highly transmissible. ... In a period — if you just think about it — in a period of four months, it has devastated the world.”
“That’s millions and millions of infections worldwide. And it isn’t over yet. And it’s condensed in a very, very small time frame,” he said. “You know, first notice at the end of December, hit China in January, hit the rest of the world in February, March, April, May, early June.”
He said coronavirus is “very different” compared to HIV and Ebola and other outbreaks. This virus passed on from an animal host and is highly contagious and deadly. Fauci said the pandemic is worst than even the 1918 flu.
“I mean, Ebola was scary. But Ebola would never be easily transmitted in a global way,” he said. “HIV, as important as it is, was drawn out over an extended period of time. I mean, I think the ultimate impact of AIDS almost certainly will be greater than anything we’re talking about now.”
Fauci added that coronavirus simply "took over the planet."
According to Johns Hopkins' data, coronavirus has killed at least 408,244 people globally.
“It’s a testimony to not only the extraordinary capability of transmission but of the extraordinary travel capability we have,” Fauci said. “I mean, it started in a very well-defined place in a city in China called Wuhan. And China is a big country. A lot of people travel all over the world. They travel to the United States. They travel to Europe.”
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