‘Contagion’ medical consultant tests positive for coronavirus

Carla Harmon
March 26, 2020

Though Lipkin said he had an idea of where he contracted the virus, he declined to name the location and stressed that it was irrelevant because the virus has already spread throughout the United States. Watch Dr. Ian Lipkin's interview on Fox Business in the clip above.

A few minutes after giving a dry cough during the remote segment, Lipkin said, "I would like to say on this show tonight, this has become very personal to me, too".

Lipkin teaches epidemiology, neurology, and pathology at Columbia University.


He added: 'If it can hit me, it can hit anybody. Because I have COVID as of yesterday.

Today Lipkin - who also consulted on the movie Contagion - spoke with Fox Business' David Asman about blood plasma therapy, saying, "We're going to be testing the ability of this plasma to prevent either infection or progression of an infection..."

Almost a decade ago, he was enlisted by director Steven Soderbergh to ensure the scientific accuracy of Contagion, which deals with the outbreak of a deadly virus and the toll it takes on the world. The disaster flick directed by Steven Soderberg starred Kate Winslet, Matt Damon, Marion Cotillard and Gwyneth Paltrow. He said he tested positive for coronavirus on Monday and that the experience has been "miserable".


President Donald Trump has said he wants the country "open by Easter" to stimulate the country's sagging economy and get things back to normal.

"The best tool we have is isolation and confinement", said Lipkin. "We have porous borders between states and cities and unless we're consistent, we're not gonna get ahead of this thing..."

In 2012, Lipkin was featured in an episode of Global's Virus Hunters, where a team of scientists explored some of the world's most deadly viruses. After returning, Lipkin told New Yorker that the virus would likely exist for a lengthy duration and warned that it could become endemic, like measles.


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