June 16, 2024

There is no evidence to support second wave of the coronavirus


In this article for The Telegraph, virologist Hugh Pennington says that there is no evidence that can support the possibility of a second wave of coronavirus cases. He says that the notion emerged due to the Spanish flu, the Asian flu, and the swine flu, but the coronavirus is very different. 

Pennington adds that coronavirus occurs typically in clusters, and could be controlled through infection control (tracing) and social distancing. He adds that the SARS-COV-2 is more similar to SARS than the flu, and as such, can be eradicated. 

Editor’s Note: In this article, Pennington offers to us three lessons. The first is that SARS-COV-2 can be eradicated. Secondly, the coronavirus cases must not be projected using the Spanish flu health outcomes because they occurred in very different circumstances.

Third, Pennington just gave us one of the more compelling reasons why lockdowns have to be lifted if we want to decrease infections. Because SARS-COV-2 infections typically happen in clusters, there is a bigger possibility of contagion when people are trapped indoors and are unable to create distance from others.

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