'Coronavirus could become seasonal, vaccine is critical'

Henrietta Strickland
March 27, 2020

New York, March 26 (SocialNews.XYZ) Coronavirus could very well become a "seasonal, cyclical" infection, based on the patterns it is exhibiting through its spread in the southern hemisphere, according to Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top infectious diseases scientist on the White House coronavirus task force.

With no respite from the coronavirus pandemic, top United States infectious diseases scientist warned that the disease could become a seasonal and cyclical infection. "So I hope and I think we might get a respite with the weather, which would hopefully give us more time to better prepare for what might be a second or a seasonal cycling".

Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said this emphasises the need to continue developing a vaccine and test it quickly so it will be available "for that next cycle".

"We're starting to see it now in the southern hemisphere where you're having cases that are appearing as they go into their winter season". Until now, two vaccines have entered human trials - one in the U.S. and another in China - but they are still at least a year away from deployment.

Treatments are also being investigated - some new drugs and others that have been repurposed, including the antimalarials chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine.

"They (China) wanted to warn us that when we get successful, make sure you very carefully examine how you are going to release the constraints on input", said Dr Fauci.

The reasons are thought to include that respiratory droplets remain airborne for longer in colder weather, and that cold weather weakens immunity.

As of now, the contagious disease has more than 2,500 confirmed cases and eight deaths in Australia.

Scientists around the world are on a constant experiment to find a solution to bid adeiu to the COVID-19 infection that has become a grim reality for most of the world.

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