Ian Lipkin, Medical Consultant on 'Contagion,' Tests Positive for Coronavirus

Lawrence Kim
March 25, 2020

"If it can hit me it can hit anybody", Lipkin told Fox Business. His warning message is clear "If I who has researched so much about the virus can get infected then imagine how vulnerable the world citizens are".

Fighting the Coronavirus: Dr. Ian Lipkin reveals his own personal battle with the coronavirus and says if it can hit him, it can hit anybody.

Lipkin said where he got the virus is not important. It's miserable. If it can hit me, it can hit anybody.

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A medical consultant on Contagion, the 2011 movie about a fictional pandemic, has now tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus.

Lipkin is the director of Columbia University's Center for Infection and Immunity, as well as a professor of epidemiology, neurology and pathology at the school.

Lipkin said that he wasn't entirely sure of where he contracted the virus but had a rough idea.

"The virus can be found all over the United States".

While the interview was initially focused on potential cures for the coronavirus, such as blood plasma therapy, Lipkin noted that social distancing was still the most effective method of halting the virus' spread, noting that the "very best tool we have is isolation and confinement". "We have porous borders between states and cities, and unless were consistent, were not gonna get ahead of this thing". "It's going to hurt... but we should do it".

Last week on MSNBC, Lipkin appeared on Rachel Maddow's show and said, "We are going to go through this pain irrespective of whether we're going to do it in one fell swoop or decide to slowly pull off this bandaid". "And I think that what NY has done and what Chicago has done and some others - Washington has done - and so forth, has been very, very helpful".

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