Richard Engel

Richard Engel

@NBCNews Chief Foreign Correspondent

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Don’t panic. Doctors/ virologists I’m speaking to say 98% of people will be fine, even if they get Covid-19. They expect it will go around the world, but that most people who get it will be a little sick, then recover. The danger is to vulnerable people. Hospitals/ old age homes.

More coming up on @mitchellreports  about what we do know, and still don’t, about this virus, which virologists say will be mild for most people, but can be deadly for the elderly and infirm.

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Don’t be complacent. Doctors /virologists tell me several steps are important bec 2% mortality over potentially large patient pool ls very serious. They include: get flu shot. if you’re sick, or coughing, wear a mask. Keep distance from people who appear sick. Hand hygiene.

Top virologist working on the coronavirus's genetic code told me people who get covid-19 and recover build up resistance to it. Children seem to be quite resilient. Danger is to the elderly. Mortality rate (especially over 80yrs) is higher than overcall average.

In this case, she’s Dr. Danielle Anderson. 20 yrs experience in the field, works directly with coronavirus. Top specialist. Duke. Harvard. She’ll be on Nightly News and was already on Msnbc. One of several Drs I’ve intervied on this today, and over last few days around the world.

Trump seemed to shrug off the coronavirus threat. i’m watching other nations begin massive public awareness campaigns. Here in singapore a main newspaper today had an entire section with advice from state health experts on how to protect your family. “Don’t shop doctors” was one.

The coronavirus, scientists working directly with it tell me, is fairly easy to kill on surfaces. The disinfectants/ sanitizers do work. The hard part is neutralizing it in people.

A virologist with direct knowledge of the told me while the coronavirus does not survive as long in the heat – cool and airconditioned surfaces are better for it – there is no proof it will be wiped out by warmer spring weather.

Two doctors working on coronavirus told me spring/warm weather might help some as people tend to be healthier, NO proof that will stop it. The virus spread quite well in Singapore where it’s very warm even now, until authoritizes there took strict measures to monitor/ contain it.


US officials tell me ALARM BELL RINGING among diplomats in DC that U.S. could one day be held responsible for Crimes Against Humanity for ethnic cleansing of Syrian Kurds by opening the door to it, watching it, encouraging it (Trump's tweets and statements) and not stopping it.

Massive attacks underway against the kurds in northern syria. No ceasefire. Total nonsenses there is. US military officials tell me they are ashamed, “sickened.” It’s cold now outside. What about the families, and kids, out of their homes? @OARichardEngel  #AmericanBetrayal 

Syria Kurdish official told us, reacting to Trump’s overnight decision.  “The Americans are traitors. They have abandoned us to a Turkish massacre. We can no longer fight against isis and have to defend ourselves. This could allow isis to return to the region.”

One of the centerpieces of the London protests. Trump on a golden commode, and it talks, says “fake news” and “witch hunt”