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SARS Expert: Coronavirus outbreak could be at least 10 times worse than the SARS epidemic

Dr Guan Yi, director of the State Key Laboratory of Emerging Infectious Diseases at the University of Hong Kong said to Chinese media that the virus already 'uncontrollable.'

Yi is one of the leading virologist who helped tackle the SARS epidemic in Asia in 2003 that left hundreds of death warned that the current outbreak is 10 times worse than the SARS crisis, Daily Mail reported.

'I have experienced so much and never felt scared. Most (viruses) are controllable, but this time I am scared,' Dr Yi told said, predicting the worst is yet to come.

Dr Yi and his team were the first to identify the SARS coronavirus during the epidemic and track down its source to wildlife which found at the masked palm civet.

He feared that 'much more' people from Wuhan had been infected by the new virus than the total number of SARS cases.

Coronaviruses are a large family of pathogens, most of which cause mild respiratory infections such as the common cold and it can cause death.


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