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Expert reaction to news that UK case of coronavirus who had travelled to a conference in Singapore has recovered and his comments in the press

Posted On: 11 Feb 2020   |   Posted By: Science Media Centre

One of the UK patients that contracted coronavirus has spoken about his experiences to the media.
Dr Stephen Griffin, Associate Professor at University of Leeds and Chair of the Virus Division, Microbiology Society, said:
“The issue with the term “super-spreader” is that it implies that the person in question is inherently more able to pass on disease compared with others. In fact, the term is relatively poorly defined. It must be remembered that the spread of a virus like nCoV depends upon a number of factors that ultimately comprise a “transmission event”. This will depend upon the patient and what stage of disease they are in, their behaviour, their environment, and of course time. We make a collective judgement on all of these factors when we calculate a R0, which for nCoV appears to be between 2-3, but we must remember that this calculation is based upon averages and probabilities, rather than a definitive number of transmissions - some patients will infect significantly more than this, whereas others...

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