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Video: Will The Coronavirus Go Away With The Onset Of Spring? Expert Opinions
Will the coronavirus go away with the onset of spring? Expert opinions
Seasonality can be differently expressed in colds viruses.
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It is too early to say that the new coronavirus infection will decline with the end of the cold season. This was told CNN by specialists in infectious diseases, commenting on statements by US President Donald Trump.
On Friday, February 7, Donald Trump posted a tweet in which he commended Chinese President Xi Jinping's fight against the new coronavirus infection. In it, Trump noted that "the weather is getting warmer and the virus, I hope, is getting weaker and will go away over time."
“It would be rash to think that things like that calm down in the spring and summer,” Dr. Peter Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, told CNN.
“We don't quite understand the basics of seasonality, and of course we don't know anything at all about this particular virus,” he added.
“His hope is our hope. But we have no knowledge that it will be so. This is a respiratory virus, and we know they are often seasonal, but this is not the case for all of them. It is hoped that the onset of spring will encourage the virus to retreat. But we cannot be sure that he will behave that way,”commented Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease specialist at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, on Trump's tweet.
Although the flu now kills many more people than the new coronavirus, the latter has received significantly more attention. This is due to the fact that doctors do not know how he can behave.
“The fact is that, despite the mortality and morbidity from influenza, there is certainty about its seasonality. I can guarantee that the number of cases will decrease in March and April. It is also possible to predict the rate of deaths and hospitalizations quite accurately … Now the problem is that a lot is unknown, "Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told reporters last week.
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