Doctors Say Coronavirus "Clinically No Longer Exists" in This Former Hotspot

Here's some rare encouraging news in the global fight against the coronavirus.

Day after day, there are more and more dark news stories about the coronavirus pandemic. But finally, there's some good news out of one former hotspot. A senior Italian doctor says that the coronavirus is losing its potency and has become much less lethal, according to a Reuters report. Dr. Albert Zangrillo, the head of the San Raffaele Hospital in Milan, offered some rare encouraging news in the global battle against the deadly COVID-19 contagion. "In reality, the virus clinically no longer exists in Italy," he said.

The Lombardy region of Northern Italy, of which Milan is the capital, has been a hotspot for the coronavirus. The country has suffered the third highest number of COVID-19 related deaths—nearly 35,000—in the world. But new cases and death counts have decreased lately, hence Zangrillo's comments. "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," Zangrillo said. Translation? Coronavirus is becoming a lot less powerful.

Zangrillo was not alone in presenting encouraging news. Dr. Matteo Bassetti, the head of the infectious diseases clinic at the San Martino Hospital in the city of Genoa, told ANSA News Agency, "The strength the virus had two months ago is not the same strength it has today." He added: "It is clear that today the COVID-19 disease is different."

The doctors' comments were received with predictable government caution. Sandra Zampa, an undersecretary at the Italian government health ministry, 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." She added: "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."

While the comments of two doctors in Italy are no reason to toss masks aside and to stop following social distancing guidelines, they do present encouraging news at a time when we could all really use some. And for more positives, check out 5 Shocking Things That Could Change for the Better After Coronavirus.

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