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by Natalia Revishvili on February 21st, 2020

Donald Trump on how to contaminate coronavirus

Today, early morning, Donald Trump told about his phone call with Chinese President Xi Jinping about the recent outbreak of coronavirus on Tweeter. He mentioned that the Chinese President is very “strong, sharp and powerfully focused” on containing the virus. Moreover, he added that he himself believes that the efforts of contaminating coronavirus will be successful “especially as the weather starts to warm & the virus hopefully becomes weaker, and then gone.”

Trump on coronavirus

However, scientists are not that positive. Infectious disease experts say that it is too early to say how the virus will transform in the future and, therefore, whether warmer weather will anyhow affect its possible contamination.

Dr. Peter Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at the Baylor College of Medicine in Texas, commented:

“It would be reckless to assume that things will quiet down in spring and summer.”

“We don’t really understand the basis of seasonality, and of course we know we absolutely nothing about this particular virus,” – he added later.

Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease specialist at Vanderbilt University Medical Center,  also referred to Trump’s tweet saying:

“His hope is our hope…But we don’t have knowledge that it will do that.”

Schaffner also said:

“It’s a respiratory virus, and we know respiratory viruses are very seasonal, but not exclusively. One would hope that the gradual spring will help this virus recede. We can’t be sure of that.”

Meanwhile, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention claims that the risk to the general American public is relatively low. Yet Trump’s administration took all necessary safety measures to keep the virus from spreading across the country with the help of quarantines and travel restrictions. And all of that just because there are many unknowns related to the outbreak of coronavirus.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the United States’ top infectious disease doctor and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases explained:

“The reason is, despite the morbidity and mortality with influenza, there’s a certainty, for example, of seasonal flu. I can tell you all, guaranteed, that as we get into March and April, the flu cases are going to go down. You could predict pretty accurately what the range of the mortality is and the hospitalizations, as we’ve done over the years. The issue now with this is that there’s a lot of unknowns.”
Unlike many seasonal viruses, this one is yet not studied and entirely understood by scientists. For instance, when it comes to the flu, Schaffner said, humidity might contribute to seasonality. Meaning that while during the winter season virus particles escape our organism, during the summer when the humidity is higher, the droplets keep a lot of moisture and fall toward the ground.
And yet humidity is not the only factor that should be considered here. The issue is that scientists still don’t know some viruses are seasonal and some – not.
“It kind of smolders along all the time,” Schaffner said.
Just because the coronavirus was discovered very recently, scientists are not sure what are the characteristics of it and what might be a possible cure.
“It’s a new virus,” Schaffner added. “We’ll have to see.”

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