Coronavirus Is Weakening, Could Disappear Without Vaccine, Doctor Suggests – Boston News, Weather, Sports

(WHDH) – The coronavirus has weakened due to possible genetic mutations and could go away on its own without a vaccine, according to a critical care physician.

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Since the peak of the pandemic, the virus has grown from a “tiger to a wild cat” and people who once died are now recovering, Professor Matteo Bassetti, head of the infectious disease clinic, told The Telegraph. from the San Martino Polyclinic Hospital in Italy. .

“It was like an aggressive tiger in March and April, but now it is like a wild cat. Even elderly patients, in their 80s or 90s, are now sitting up in bed and breathing without help, “Bassetti said in an interview with the media outlet.” The same patients would have died two or three days earlier. “

Bassetti also noted that there is a real chance that the disease will go away on its own.

“We have fewer and fewer infected people and it could end with the disappearance of the virus,” said Bassetti.

Bassetti also explained that he believes the virus is weakening because it has mutated in response to people who stay home, wear masks, and socially distance themselves from others.

“I think the virus has mutated because our immune system reacts to the virus and we now have a lower viral load due to the blockage,” he said.

But Dr. Bharat Pankhania, a senior clinical professor at the University of Exeter School of Medicine, disagreed with Bassetti’s claims, saying the idea that COVID could go away on its own is “optimistic in the short term.” .

“I don’t expect it to go out so quickly,” Pankhania told the Telegraph.

Italy has recorded 238,720 coronavirus cases and 34,667 deaths since the start of the pandemic. The United States has reported 2,366,688 cases and 122,334 deaths.

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