Coronavirus Is Getting Weaker And May Die Out On Its Own Without A Vaccine, Italian Scientist Claims

The coronavirus which was once an ‘aggressive tiger’ of a disease, has weakened and become more like a wild cat, according to an Italian doctor.

Professor Matteo Bassetti said he is convinced the virus is ‘changing in severity’ and patients are now surviving infections that would have killed them before.

According to him, if the virus’s weakening is true, Covid-19 could  disappear without a need for vaccine by dying out on its own.

He has said multiple times in recent months that patients with Covid-19 seem to be faring much better than they were at the start of the epidemic in Italy.

Professor Bassetti claims this could be because of a genetic mutation in the virus making it less lethal, because of improved treatments, or because people are not getting infected in large doses because of social distancing.

He said: ‘It was like an aggressive tiger in March and April but now it’s like a wild cat. Even elderly patients, aged 80 or 90, are now sitting up n bed and they are breathing without help. The same patients would have died in two or three days before.’

But other scientists have hit back at the claims and said there is no scientific evidence that the virus has changed at all.

Dr Angela Rasmussen, from Columbia University, tweeted: “There is no evidence that the virus is losing potency anywhere.”

She added less transmission means fewer hospitalisations and deaths, but warned: “That doesn’t mean less virulence.”

Dr Oscar MacLean, of the University of Glasgow, added: “These claims are not supported by anything in the scientific literature, and also seem fairly implausible on genetic grounds….”

“Making these claims on the basis of anecdotal observations from swab tests is dangerous.“

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