Coronavirus pandemic remains the main problem facing humanity today. Entire countries have been forced to close down their citizens at home to prevent its spread, except for some political leaders who are now suffering the consequences of not doing so, and the vaccine, although we receive hopeful news every day, is still far away. Now, we may not need it, or at least that is what an Italian expert says.
Matteo Bassetti is head of the infectious diseases section at the iris general hospital in Genoa and is considered one of the leading experts on coronavirus and other infectious diseases. The expert believes that SARS-CoV-2 has entered a process of weakening, which is likely to lead to its disappearance even before researchers find an effective and safe vaccine against the pathogen.
According to the 'Daily Mail' website, Bassetti has observed that the patients he has been treating recently are notably better off than at the beginning of the pandemic, and this is in one of the countries most affected by the disease: Italy. If before, as the doctor defines it, coronavirus was "an aggressive tiger", now it has become a "wild cat".
Among the explanations offered by Matteo, we find three very interesting theories. The first one is that coronavirus has been able to mutate, which has led it to lose its lethality. The second one is that the treatments are now much more effective, and the third one is that the new cases do not carry as much viral load as the earlier ones and that this, added to social distancing and lockdown, has greatly limited its expansion.
"The last four weeks, the scenario has changed completely. There may be less viral load in the respiratory tract, probably due to a genetic mutation in the virus, which has not been scientifically proven yet," Bassetti said. These statements clash with those of the WHO, which last week claimed that coronavirus had mutated, but for the worse, and is now more aggressive. We will have to wait and see who is right.