Italian Doctors Say Coronavirus Losing Potency

Wednesday, June 3, 2020
By Paul Martin

by Steve Byas
Tuesday, 02 June 2020

“In reality, the virus clinically no longer exists in Italy,” claims Dr. Alberto Zangrillo, who is the chief of the San Raffaele Hospital in Milan, Italy. Milan is in Lombardy, which has been the area most affected by the coronavirus outbreak in Italy.

“The swabs that were performed over the last 10 days showed a viral load in quantitative terms that was absolutely infinitesimal compared to the ones carried out a month or two months ago,” Dr. Zangrillo told RAI TV on Sunday.

Italy was hit early and hard by COVID-19, suffering from the third-highest death toll in the world from the pandemic. Since the outbreak was first noted on February 21, 33,415 Italians have died. Italy has the sixth-highest number of cases in the world so far, at 233,019.

Both infections and deaths have steadily declined in the past month, and the country is now relaxing very strong restrictions. One reason that Italy suffered more than most other European countries is that it has an older population compared to most other countries in Europe.

“We’ve got to get back to being a normal country,” Zangrillo insisted. “Someone has to take responsibility for terrorizing the country.”

Zangrillo’s claims were met with caution by the undersecretary of the Italian Ministry of Health, Sandra Zampa, who said, “Pending scientific evidence to support the thesis that the virus has disappeared…. I would invite those who say they are sure of it not to confuse Italians. We should instead invite Italians to maintain the maximum caution, maintain physical distancing, avoid large groups, to frequently wash their hands and to wear masks.”

But Zangrillo is not the only physician in Italy to notice the rapid weakening of the virus. Dr. Matteo Bassetti, chief of the infectious disease clinic in Genoa’s San Martino Hospitial, told the national ANSA news agency, “The strength the virus had two months ago is not the same strength it has today. It is clear that today the Covid-19 disease is different.”

Not surprisingly, however, there were some who quickly challenged the optimism of the two prominent Italian physicians. Dr. Mike Ryan, the executive director of the World Health Organization’s Health Emergencies Programme, was pessimistic. In a press conference called after the good news from Italy, Ryan warned, “We need to be exceptionally careful that we are not creating a sense that all of a sudden the virus has decided to be less pathogenic. That is not the case at all,” stressing that the coronavirus is still a “killer.”

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