According to WHO, this is still a killer virus so we need to be exceptionally careful.
The World Health Organization stressed Monday that the new coronavirus has not suddenly become less pathogenic, following claims by a leading Italian doctor that COVID-19 had lost some of its potency.
“In terms of transmissibility, that has not changed, in terms of severity, that has not changed,” Maria Van, a WHO epidemiologist, told a media briefing.
“What’s important is that there are measures in place to reduce and to suppress transmission,” the epidemiologist said according to Reuters’ report.
Earlier, a leading Italian doctor claimed that coronavirus ‘no longer exists’ in the country.
“In reality, the virus clinically no longer exists in Italy,” said Alberto Zangrillo, head of the San Raffaele Hospital in Milan, the capital of the northern Lombardy region, which has been the worst-hit by the pandemic.
“The swabs performed over the past 10 days have shown a viral load that is absolutely infinitesimal in quantitative terms compared to those carried out a month or two months ago,” he said in an interview on RAI television on Sunday.
“New viruses in human populations can do one of two things: they can evolve and become less pathogenic, or sometimes they can become even more pathogenic,” he explained.
“It may not be that the virus itself is becoming less potent: it may be that we are, as a community, successfully reducing the number, intensity, and frequency of exposure to that virus.
“On the face of it, the virus then looks weaker, but it may be weaker because we’re doing better, not because the virus is weakening.”
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