COVID-19 NOT Seasonal Says WHO Official

( Much has been said about the idea of second and third waves of the Chinese coronavirus. Since the outbreak of COVID-19, many have theorized that the virus could become seasonal and is likely to continue causing infections across the world as it mutates and changes. An official from the World Health Organization has cast doubt over this idea, however, suggesting that the world is likely to experience one big hit of the virus and not a seasonal wave.

“We are in the first wave. It’s going to be one big wave,” WHO spokeswoman Margaret Harris said recently during a virtual briefing.

“It’s going to go up and down a bit. The best thing is to flatten it and turn it into just something lapping at your feet,” she said, according to a report from Reuters.

Harris reportedly discussed the high number of COVID-19 cases over the summer to explain how the virus doesn’t seem to change depending on the weather. Unlike many other kinds of viruses, COVID seems to have bucked the trend and continued infecting people all over the world despite the warm summer weather. If COVID-19 were a seasonal problem, Harris said, then it would be causing infections in the same way as the influenza virus does every year.

“People are still thinking about seasons,” she said. “What we all need to get our heads around is this is a new virus and this one is behaving differently. Summer is a problem. This virus likes all weather.”

The idea of sickness in the summer months seems bizarre to most of us because we’re not used to it, but the Chinese coronavirus is significantly more infectious than the influenza virus.

Harris said that vaccinations, once available, will be the best way to deal with both the virus and the impact it has on national health systems.

“If you have an increase in a respiratory illness when you already have a very high burden of respiratory illness, that puts even more pressure on the health system,” she explained.

So, this is probably good news and bad news. The good news is that we might go through one big hit, but the bad news is that it could be a pretty substantial and long-lasting wave. Until a vaccine comes along, there seems to be little else we can do than help reduce the spread of the virus.