VIDEO: Doctor says curbing the spread of COVID-19 a challenge

Radio Taiwan International
Date: 13 February, 2020
By: Paula Chao

Leading Taiwanese doctor Lee Bing-ying says curbing the spread of COVID-19 is a challenge because of the large number of asymptomatic carriers of the virus that causes the disease.

The outbreak of COVID-19 has already killed over 1,300 and infected more than 60,300, mostly in China.

Dr. Lee Bing-ying of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society of Taiwan says the difficulty in containing COVID-19 stems from the fact that it is similar to the flu. Lee says while the death rate among those in critical condition is relatively high, a fairly large number of people carrying the virus responsible for the disease have mild symptoms or no symptoms at all.

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