Doctors from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center suggest that COVID-19 seems to be less potent as days pass.
Dr. Donaly Yealy, chair of emergency medicine at UPMC, said in a recent press conference that humans are beginning to contract the virus less easily. It looks like new cases are decreasing in severity compared to the early days of the pandemic.
Yealy said that the virus might be changing, as some patterns suggest decreasing potency.
He added that UPMC has successfully treated over 500 coronavirus patients since March, and the good thing is that fewer patients require ventilators to breathe in recent weeks.
Only 0.2 percent of tests in asymptomatic patients and less than four percent of all tests turn out positive, Yealy added, which is a visible sign that the virus is less prevalent in the communities UPMC servers.
The discoveries were made public days after researchers from Italy also recorded a decreasing trend in the pandemic compared to anterior months.
Not So Safe Yet
Professor Alberto Zangrillo, head of the San Raffaele Hospital intensive care unit from Lombardy, claimed that the virus “clinically no longer exists” during a Sunday interview on TV.
However, experts from the World Health Organization rejected his claims on Monday because there is no evidence to support the bold assertion.
Maria Van Kerkhove, WHO epidemiologist, said:
“In terms of transmissibility, that has not changed, in terms of severity, that has not changed.”
Viruses typically mutate and adapt as they carry on living.
The coronavirus pandemic has claimed nearly 386,000 lives and infected over 6.5 million.
We all want to hear good news about the pandemic status, but we should still be cautious and practice safety measures to avoid a second wave of infections.