Coronavirus weakening, may disappear on its own, Italian doc
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An Italian infectious disease doctor believes the coronavirus has become less dangerous — and could disappear on its own without a vaccine.

Dr. Matteo Bassetti, the head of the infectious diseases clinic at the San Martino hospital said, “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.”

“Even elderly patients, aged 80 or 90, are now sitting up on bed and they are breathing without help. The same patients would have died in two or three days before,” Bassetti said.

He said one of the reasons for the virus becoming weaker could be that it has mutated in response to social distancing measures. It’s possible that the virus will be eradicated before researchers find a vaccine, he said.

But another expert was less optimistic about the prospect of the virus disappearing soon, saying it could take years, the outlet reported.

“I don’t expect it to die out that quickly,” said Dr. Bharat Pankhania, a professor at the UK’s University of Exeter Medical School, according to the report.

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