Despite strict containment efforts, healthcare professionals working on understanding the virus now known as COVID-19 have acknowledged this potential-they are directors of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Dr. Robert Redfield said the virus this week “maybe with us for more than this season, probably this season.”
When talking to Fox News, Dr. William Schaffner, director of medicine at the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID), recognized the potential but quickly pointed out that it was too early to know for sure.
“COVID-19 is a respiratory virus and works like any other respiratory virus, including influenza [the flu], We might expect it Softens as the weather warms“He said, but he added,” It may be part of our usual cold and flu season. “
That said, “We are not sure,” he said.
“This is a new virus and you may not have read a textbook. That’s why ongoing research to develop effective vaccines and antivirals against coronaviruses is so important,” he said. Continued.
The virus is new to humans, and at this time, health professionals “can’t predict long-term effects on the global community,” said Schaffner. “Now we are in the containment phase, in the United States and internationally.”
“Clinicians are rapidly diagnosing cases, isolating patients, and providing medical care. Public health authorities are tracking contacts and testing for viruses. So far, cases in the United States Was very few and a close contact for confirmed cases. Similar reactions are seen around the world, “he added.
To date, the United States has identified 15 new virus cases, with more than 64,000 sick and about 1,383 lives worldwide.
Speaking with CNN, Redfield stated that COVID-19 ultimately believes “find a foothold and gain community-based communication.”