Home care risks repeat of Italy disaster

Original article by Jamie Walker
The Australian – Page: 2 : 17-Mar-20

The global death toll from the coronavirus has risen to 7,098 and the number of fatalities outside of China now exceeds the total in that country. More than 179,000 people worldwide have been diagnosed with the virus, including 375 in Australia. Infectious diseases expert Professor Dale Fisher says Australia should not allow people who are showing few symptoms of the virus to self-isolate at home. He notes that countries such as China and South Korea have managed to contain the virus by forcing anybody who tested positive to remain in hospital until they were completely clear of it. In contrast, 60 per cent of people who tested positive in Italy were sent home in the initial stages of the outbreak; the nation has now recorded 2,158 deaths from the virus.


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