Covid-19 may become seasonal, says top US scientist

US National Institutes of Health infectious diseases research head Anthony Fauci says there is a strong chance that Covid-19 will become a seasonal affliction, underscoring the need for working vaccines as soon as possible. – EPA pic, March 26, 2020.

THERE is a strong chance the new coronavirus could return in seasonal cycles, a senior US scientist said yesterday, underscoring the urgent need to find a vaccine and effective treatments. 

Anthony Fauci, who leads research into infectious diseases at the National Institutes of Health, told a briefing the virus is beginning to take root in the southern hemisphere, where winter is on its way.

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