24/03/2020 9:27 AM AEDT

Intensive Care Specialist Does The Chilling Math On How Fast Coronavirus Spreads

Dr. Hugh Montgomery shows why this illness isn't like the flu at all.

At least 1882 cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in Australia and seven people have died.

New South Wales has the most cases at 818.

The virus has killed more than 16,000 people worldwide and continues to spread at a rapid pace.

Some politicians and media figures have attempted to dismiss coronavirus by comparing it to the flu based on some of the numbers they’ve seen. Earlier this month, even President Donald Trump complained that the flu was deadlier yet “nothing is shut down, life & the economy go on.” 

But one expert has revealed how seemingly small differences in numbers can add up to major differences in infection rates.

Dr Hugh Montgomery, chair of intensive care medicine at University College London, used a simple math formula to show how quickly COVID-19 spreads, and why it’s so important to stop it as early as possible:

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