The whole world has been working really hard to find treatments and vaccines for the novel coronavirus. 2020 has been a pretty tough year with health issues and massive economic crises around the world.
The danger of coronavirus could pass soon, according to the latest reports. An Italian infectious disease expert believes that the virus is becoming less and less dangerous, and it could eventually disappear without a vaccine, on its own.
Dr. Matteo Bassetti is the head of the infectious diseases clinic at the San Martino hospital, and he just said the virus appears to have become less potent.
This could be due to genetic mutations, according to the Sunday Telegraph.
The virus is changing in severity
“The clinical impression I have is that the virus is changing in severity,” Bassetti explained.
He continued and said that “In March and early April, the patterns were completely different. People were coming to the emergency department with a very difficult to manage illness and they needed oxygen and ventilation, some developed pneumonia.”
But he said in the past month, “the picture has completely changed in terms of patterns.”
“It was like an aggressive tiger in March and April but now it’s like a wild cat,” Bassetti stated.
He also explained that “Even elderly patients, aged 80 or 90, are now sitting up in bed and they are breathing without help. The same patients would have died in two or three days before.”
Mutations could weaken the virus
He said that one of the essential reasons for which the virus gets weaker could be the fact that it has mutated as a response to social distancing measures.
He explained that the cause is probably the fact that the immune system is reacting to the virus, and we have a smaller viral load due to the lockdown, social distancing, and wearing masks.
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Anyway, experts continue to work in order to find treatments and potential vaccines, and we just have to make sure that we keep doing our part – wearing the masks in crowded places and trying to maintain social distancing. Let’s hope that healthcare workers and other experts will be able to take care of the rest, so that our lives can eventually go back to normal or, at least, something as similar to normality as possible.