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-- we start tonight with what the World Health Organization is calling the greatest global health concern.
It is in -- SARS like virus the mid east respiratory syndrome corona virus or -- As is being called is already hit eight countries across Europe and in May be used.
So far there have been 49.
Confirmed cases and 27 of those more than half.
They were fatal.
You remember the panic and subsequent economic impact of the 2003 SARS I outbreak.
Are we looking at another global outbreak with severe economic consequences.
Here -- that's.
He's senior attending physician of emergency medicine at saint part of -- hospital in the Bronx and my favorite economist eateries see.
Thanks to both of you for joining us doctor patty let me start with you.
How is this different from the other SARS virus.
-- there's actually a lot of similarities.
Melissa and the problem is when you have viruses like this viruses are simple.
And they easily adapt to changing environments and it's it's quite scary because we don't know how the virus is fully transmitted and we don't know it's natural it's natural -- I've heard it described as less contagious but more deadly of those -- I don't know which one I want -- both sound horrible that they both are actually very concerning and half of the cases that they diagnosed -- reportedly.
Resulted in deaths and that's something that's very concerning.
You know in the World Health Organization is right to raise the alarm about this.
-- Peter and that that's what makes me nervous -- when the WTO steps and it says that this is the issue that is their greatest concern.
-- or something like that around the world.
That makes me nervous that this could keep people at home stop travelers stopped businesses from traveling.
And really slow down.
At a recovery.
That is in that robust in the first place.
Well absolutely do -- recovery isn't it is is really not very strong in 2013.
It's much less than 2012.
As something that was widespread coverage several -- cause people not to travel.
And -- I'd -- -- critical personnel out of organizations.
You know because they get very sick and -- some don't return.
The potential to slice a percentage point over -- -- And when you start looking at something like that you can -- real the recovery that's possible yes doctor Patti what is appropriate response to something like best.
Well really what we have to do is we have the first -- to isolate cases like this and I think there that's the goal right now they're effectively doing that.
But we really need to find out more about this particular strain of virus.
Don't forget as Peter mentioned with the air travel.
This had the virus can spread like wildfire and -- we don't wanna have another global epidemic.
No absolutely and and Peter -- one thing that makes me nervous is that you know this has been tracked through the Middle East.
And of so many business travelers you know right now going through that area of particular I mean.
When it's isolated and Asia I think people feel -- -- for one reason or another that they can stay away from that region of the world.
But this is a central area where people are traveling through on business and and where the economy is really flourishing is not a concern.
Absolutely there's two kinds of places those that -- in the global network and those that really are right you know places like Shanghai New York guy Dubai and so forth and when you have.
Other one of those locations.
If it can spread you know person to person.
I think about what goes on and airplanes.
It's very easy vogue wanted to be able to economic -- virus and thirty to get off with the virus and then they go to places and other places and other places.
And before you know it now if you have a problem with sickness you have the people are afraid of being sick brain that -- even be more devastating.
Now actually it sounds like a terrible movie.
Pharmaceutical companies I would imagine are they already racing to do something about this or is it too early.
Well it it's still I think at the early stages you know to don't forget we most human beings get complacent a lot of times with.
And I bacterial this and and a bacterial that common sense really dictates.
Preventing this in a lot of cases we look what can I do what we think it spread by droplet -- respiratory droplet now what I mean by that is a person sneezes or coughs.
And that the micro air sliced viral particles go on the door -- the counter tops you touch it and then you put your fingers in your mouth -- he knows he -- to yourself sometimes it's disgusting you get it is but that happens every day people are costly touching their faces and then inanimate objects.
Proper hand washing is important.
Obviously if you're on a plane and people are coughing and sneezing you want to make sure you try to take precautions some people even if they're on a long.
Plane flight -- a mask.
You know things like that keeping your -- easier right now.
If I was point 2:1 of those Middle Eastern countries are probably would consider it yeah I would but we don't know that -- when -- transferred by -- that where you're going with -- well what they're not certain.
They assume because it's a corona novel -- like virus that it is -- in the -- -- but they're not certain there may be another mode of transmission as well.
You know don't don't forget these are our the early stages and it still needs to be investigated.
Peter do you imagine that pharmaceutical companies and companies now from an economic perspective are racing to get involved in this and.
And do something about it that would help the world but -- also -- their profits.
Well ops if you can't blame them for doing -- they have been -- that about you have you know have to know enough about the buyers to come up with.
A vaccine to go into the flu shot or.
Or or some sort of anti viral drugs at what we're hearing from the doctors that we know so little about it and we haven't adequately isolated if you don't isolated.
You can't address it isn't that right doctor yes that's that's correct them and don't forget they've also found cases in Germany.
And and France -- -- we know about France but Germany and Great Britain actually -- isolated cases as well so it is in Europe as well.
All right gentlemen thank you so much we appreciate your information thank very much -- Time now for today's.
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