‘Don’t Believe The Numbers You See’: Johns Hopkins Professor Says Up To 500,000 Americans Have Coronavirus

Adriana Belmonte

Adriana Belmonte Associate Editor Yahoo Finance March 13, 2020, 1:35 PM CDT

The World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19, also known as the new coronavirus, to be a pandemic on March 11.

The virus has killed thousands of people worldwide, with over 135,000 confirmed cases and over 5,000 deaths. Public reaction has been mixed — many people have been rushing to grocery stores to stock up for a potential quarantine, while others have called the responses to be an overreaction.

According to Dr. Marty Makary, a medical professor at Johns Hopkins University, the coronavirus is something that “people need to take seriously.”

“I’m concerned when I hear a neighbor or a friend say that they’re planning to go to a kid’s swim meet in three weeks or going on vacation next week,” Makary said on Yahoo Finance’s “On the Move” (video above) on Friday. “No — we’re about to experience the worst public health epidemic since polio.”

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The U.S. has conducted over 13,000 tests for coronavirus since Jan. 18. (Chart: CDC)

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