CORONAVIRUS can spread just by talking to someone – and is "much worse than Ebola", says the man who helped discover the older disease.
Professor Peter Piot, director of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, has said that Britain will be in the midst of a "serious epidemic" by Easter.
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The world-renowned microbiologist warned that the UK could expect to see a rise in cases – beyond the almost 800 already reported.
He told Sky News: "This is much, much worse than Ebola.
"Ebola requires very close contact for transmission. People are very scared of it, but frankly, it is usually very contained. There are some exceptions.
"But because it [Covid-19] is a respiratory transmitted virus, that makes it so worrisome.
It's very infectious because there's so much virus in your throat
"It's very infectious because there's so much virus in your throat.
"So this is literally something you can catch by talking to somebody, which is not the case with other viruses."
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