98% of coronavirus infected can be cured

AIDS expert David Ho emphasizes importance of hand-washing to counter spread of COVID-19

Taiwan News
Date: 2020/03/07
By: Chris Chang, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

Public panic hinders fight against COVID-19 (AP photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The inventor of a cocktail therapy for AIDS, Dr. David Ho contends that 98 percent of the patients infected with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) can be cured — believing there is no need to panic despite the fact a vaccine will not come out any time soon.

As the coronavirus spreads around the U.S., Ho believes the current figure for infections is just the tip of the iceberg. In New York, face masks and sanitizers have sold out in pharmacies, according to VOA.

Ho said washing and sanitizing hands is the best way to stifle the spread of the coronavirus because it is transmitted through droplets and contaminated surfaces. Even though there is no existing medicine to target the virus, most patients can be cured, and non-urgent cases do not need treatment to become healthy again.

The virology expert pointed out there are tens of thousands of people with seasonal flu despite the existence of medicine and vaccines. Still, people do not give it the same amount of attention.

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