Coronavirus could return seasonally, China’s scientists say

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Coronavirus will likely be sticking around seasonally — like the common flu — largely because of asymptomatic carriers who can unwittingly spread the virus, according to a report.

“This is very likely to be an epidemic that co-exists with humans for a long time, becomes seasonal and is sustained within human bodies,” said Jin Qi, director of China’s Institute of Pathogen Biology, according to a Bloomberg report.

COVID-19 probably won’t be eradicated like its cousin SARS was nearly two decades ago, because some people who have the virus don’t show signs, meaning it can spread silently.

This makes it hard to contain, unlike SARS, which was eradicated through quarantine, a group of Chinese scientists said Monday.

Meanwhile, dozens of asymptomatic cases keep popping up in China, despite the fact that Beijing claims to have gotten the disease under control, the outlet reported.

Governments and researchers are beginning to agree that the virus won’t disappear, regardless of drastic measures many countries have taken, including stay-at-home orders that are playing havoc on the world’s economy, the report said.

The New York Post