Scientist who discovered Ebola gets coronavirus
Peter Pilot, a Belgian scientist and the director of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, who helped discover the Ebola virus, has tested positive for coronavirus saying “finally, a virus got me”.
“I have devoted my life to fighting viruses and finally, they get their revenge”, he said.
Pilot added that the had severe pneumonia, low oxygen levels and felt constantly exhausted and is currently recovering in London.
Professional expertise and personal experience gave him and extraordinary insight into the potential impact of the virus on the public health, predicting many people will be left with chronic kidney and heart problems.
But he hopes the crisis might ease political tensions over vaccines and force anti-vaccine campaigners to re-evaluate their positions, as well as lead to reform of the World Health Organization (WHO)
He had other symptoms, not then linked to coronavirus. “My skull and hair felt very painful, which was bizarre”. To be hospitalized by a virus after four decades avoiding the infectious diseases he studies was not something he expected.