Ian Lipkin, the world-renowned virologist and head of Columbia University’s Center for Infection and Immunity, has tested positive for deadly novel coronavirus.
Lipkin revealed his diagnosis during an interview to a US media house on Tuesday (US time).
There are 55,148 confirmed cases across the US thus far , with a minimum of 750 deaths.
"If it can hit me, it can hit anybody"
Ian Lipkin revealed about his condition on Live TV.
A few minutes after giving a dry cough during the remote segment, Lipkin said, "I would really like to mention on this show tonight, this has become very personal to me, too. Because I even have COVID as of yesterday. It’s miserable."
"If it can hit me, it can hit anybody. That’s the message i would like to convey," he added.
Lipkin declined to specify how or from whom he may need acquired the disease. "It doesn’t matter. This virus is everywhere the us ," he said.
Consultation for Contagion
Ian Lipkin, who had consulted with international health organisations during SARS outbreak in China in 2003, had advised director Steven Soderbergh to make the realistic 2011 movie Contagion. The movie depicts the likely scenario of how the planet would react in face of an epidemic . The storyline of the film is extremely almost like what the planet is witnessing now.
Ian had contracted SARS when he was staying in Beijing to help the planet Health Organization and therefore the Chinese Health Ministry during the 2003 SARS outbreak. He was quarantined when he returned to the US.
Since the outbreak of novel coronavirus, Ian Lipkin has given India Today TV a series of interviews on the way to avoid the spread of the deadly disease and what's the likely timeline for the cure.