According to a top Italian doctor, Covid-19 is now losing its potency and has become significantly less deadly.
“In reality, the virus clinically no longer exists in Italy,” Alberto Zangrillo said on Sunday. He is the head of San Raffaele Hospital, which is located in Milan, an area heavily affected by the coronavirus.
“The swabs that were performed over the last ten days showed a viral load in quantitative terms that was absolutely infinitesimal compared to the ones carried out a month or two months ago,” he said to RAI television according to REUTERS.
Italy’s Death Toll Predictions Wrong
The news media was swift to report on Italy’s high COVID death toll numbers. The country ranks third for having the highest death toll relating to the virus, with 33,415 people passing since February 21. In terms of total cases globally, it ranks sixth with 233,019.
Italy enacted stringent lockdown measures, but are loosening the restrictions now that infection rates are drastically falling since May.
In terms of “experts” continuously sounding the alarm over their predictions of a second wave coming, Zangrillo disagrees.
“We’ve got to get back to being a normal country,” he said. “Someone has to take responsibility for terrorizing the country.”
Experts Versus Doctors
The Italian government has come on the defense saying it is too soon to say that the virus is becoming under control.
“Pending scientific evidence to support the thesis that the virus has disappeared … I would invite those who say they are sure of it not to confuse Italians,” Sandra Zampa, an undersecretary at the health ministry, released in a statement.
Eager to not give in to allowing citizens too much freedom, the statement continued:
“We should instead invite Italians to maintain the maximum caution, maintain physical distancing, avoid large groups, to frequently wash their hands and to wear masks.”
Zangrillo is not alone in his expert opinion. Another doctor from northern Italy, who is the head of infectious diseases at San Martino hospital in Genoa, told the national ANSA news that he also reports the coronavirus weakening substantially.
“It is clear that today the COVID-19 disease is different,” Matteo Bassetti said.
COVID Alarmist Narrative Hurt
Italy is just one example of where alarmist warnings were later found to be wrong. The narrative is hard to let go of, and just like the Italian government, governments from countries around the globe have been slow to admit any wrongdoing.
As the coronavirus appears to be dwindling down on a global scale, time will tell if its infection rates will continue to decrease.