We use cookies to understand how you use our site and to improve your experience. This includes personalizing content and advertising. To learn more, click here. By continuing to use our site, you accept our use of cookies. Cookie Policy.

Features Partner Sites Information LinkXpress
Sign In
Advertise with Us
Sekisui Diagnostics UK Ltd.

Download Mobile App





Coronavirus Mutating to Become Less Vicious and Could Die Out Without Vaccine, Claims Expert

By HospiMedica International staff writers
Posted on 26 Jun 2020
Print article
Illustration
Illustration
COVID-19 is beginning to lose its virulence as the coronavirus is mutating and could die out on its own without a vaccine, according to Prof Matteo Bassetti, an Italian infectious diseases specialist.

Prof Bassetti told The Telegraph that over the last month, COVID-19 was losing its virulence and patients who would have earlier died from the infection are now recovering. Prof Bassetti, an expert in critical care, pointed out to the declining trend in the number of cases that indicated a vaccine was no longer needed as the coronavirus could go away by itself permanently.

“The clinical impression I have is that the virus is changing in severity,” Prof Bassetti told The Telegraph. “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. Now, in the past four weeks, the picture has completely changed in terms of patterns. There could be a lower viral load in the respiratory tract, probably due to a genetic mutation in the virus which has not yet been demonstrated scientifically.”

Prof Bassetti believes that the reaction of the human immune system to the coronavirus is causing it to mutate and attributed the lower viral load to measures such as lockdown, mask-wearing and social distancing.

"Yes, probably it could go away completely without a vaccine. We have fewer and fewer people infected and it could end up with the virus dying out," he said.


Gold Member
POC Blood Gas Analyzer
Stat Profile Prime Plus
Gold Member
Solid State Kv/Dose Multi-Sensor
AGMS-DM+
Silver Member
Wireless Mobile ECG Recorder
NR-1207-3/NR-1207-E
New
Hydrogen Peroxide Sterilizer
HMA-30

Print article

Channels

Critical Care

view channel
Image: This study is significant as it addresses a treatment approach that has not been extensively studied before (Photo courtesy of 123RF)

Study Confirms Safety of DCB-Only Strategy for Treating De Novo Left Main Coronary Artery Disease

There has been a lack of extensive research on the use of drug-coated balloon (DCB)-only strategy for the treatment of de novo left main coronary artery disease, especially in high bleeding risk (HBR) patients.... Read more

Patient Care

view channel
Image: The newly-launched solution can transform operating room scheduling and boost utilization rates (Photo courtesy of Fujitsu)

Surgical Capacity Optimization Solution Helps Hospitals Boost OR Utilization

An innovative solution has the capability to transform surgical capacity utilization by targeting the root cause of surgical block time inefficiencies. Fujitsu Limited’s (Tokyo, Japan) Surgical Capacity... Read more

Health IT

view channel
Image: First ever institution-specific model provides significant performance advantage over current population-derived models (Photo courtesy of Mount Sinai)

Machine Learning Model Improves Mortality Risk Prediction for Cardiac Surgery Patients

Machine learning algorithms have been deployed to create predictive models in various medical fields, with some demonstrating improved outcomes compared to their standard-of-care counterparts.... Read more

Point of Care

view channel
Image: The Quantra Hemostasis System has received US FDA special 510(k) clearance for use with its Quantra QStat Cartridge (Photo courtesy of HemoSonics)

Critical Bleeding Management System to Help Hospitals Further Standardize Viscoelastic Testing

Surgical procedures are often accompanied by significant blood loss and the subsequent high likelihood of the need for allogeneic blood transfusions. These transfusions, while critical, are linked to various... Read more
Copyright © 2000-2024 Globetech Media. All rights reserved.