Doctor treating coronavirus patients discusses how virus is spread
Nebraska Biocontainment Unit medical director Dr. Angela Hewlett, who successfully treated patients with Ebola in 2014, shares how her unit is monitoring Americans from the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan for coronavirus.
An expert in treating pathogens says the coronavirus is more easily transmitted than Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) or Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).
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With SARS and MERS, research showed a person needed to be in close contact with someone in order to transmit those illnesses, Nebraska Biocontainment Unit medical director Dr. Angela Hewlett said in an exclusive interview Wednesday during FOX Business’ “The Claman Countdown.”
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Alternatively, coronavirus “seems to be easily transmissible person-to-person,” she explained, though she qualified doctors don't know a great deal about how the virus is transmitted yet.
“What I can tell you is that definitely close contact with someone who is ill is a high risk for acquiring this illness," Hewlett told FOX Business' Liz Claman.
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