A new report from Los Alamos Labs calculates its R0 at between 4.7 to 6.6. That is massively contagious!
It’s little wonder then why we’re seeing more and more reports of doctors and health workers falling sick, despite using proper PPE and contamination protocol.
China, which bumped up the number of total infected within the country by 33% last night, is clearly facing a public health nightmare of epic proportion. As we keep saying, we think the true reality on the ground there is even much worse than the official numbers we’re being given.
That said, China’s totalitarian approach of mandatory home quarantine for hundred of millions of people is likely the best way to fight a virus this contagious. Will other countries, like the US, be able to enforce such controls on their populations if required to combat covid-19? Could they, even if they tried?
A full-blown pandemic looks increasingly unstoppable at this point.