Virus Return Near Certainty, Dr. Fauci Says

World Health Organization calls a return later in the year inevitable.

Dr. Anthony Fauci spoke to the Economic Club of Washington on a Zoom call Tuesday. When asked about the possibility of a second wave of COVID-19 hitting later this year, he said, “I’m almost certain it will come back.”

He said the virus has “globally spread,” noting that cases are beginning to appear in parts of Southern Africa. “It’s not going to disappear from the planet,” he said. But when it does return, he said, ”the nation will know how to handle it… and determine our fate.”

He said that if countermeasures that are being discussed are executed, “then we should do reasonably well,” otherwise the country could experience a difficult time come fall and winter.

Chinese scientists also say the coronavirus will not be eradicated, adding to a growing worldwide consensus the pathogen will likely return in waves like the flu. “This is very likely to be an epidemic that co-exists with humans for a long time, becomes seasonal and is sustained within human bodies,” the director of the Chinese Institute of Pathogen Biology said.

The somewhat discredited World Health Organization also said catching COVID-19 once might not protect you from getting it again, a finding that could jeopardize efforts to allow people to return to work after recovering from the virus. “There is currently no evidence that people who have recovered from COVID-19 and have antibodies are protected from a second infection.”

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Sources: Bloomberg, Reuters


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