COVID-19 Is Losing Potency, Top Italian Doctors Say

June 2, 2020

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A top Italian doctor tells Reuters that COVID-19 is losing potency in his country and possibly elsewhere. “The virus clinically no longer exists in Italy,” said Alberto Zangrillo, the head of the San Raffaele Hospital in Milan in the northern region of Lombardy, which has borne the brunt of Italy’s coronavirus contagion. "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 some experts were too alarmist about the prospect of a second wave of infections, adding, “We’ve got to get back to being a normal country." Another Italian doctor, Matteo Bassetti, seconded Zangrillo's assertion, saying, "The strength the virus had two months ago is not the same strength it has today."