CDC hopes the coronavirus outbreak is seasonal like the flu and subsides in the summer

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    Source : CNBC

    • The CDC said there is a hypothesis among mathematical modelers that the outbreak “could potentially be seasonal” and relent in warmer conditions.
    • “Other viral respiratory diseases are seasonal, including influenza and therefore in many viral respiratory diseases we do see a decrease in disease in spring and summer,” a top CDC official said.

    U.S. health officials, preparing for a potential U.S. outbreak of the new coronavirus, said they hope COVID-19 will prove to be seasonal and subside in the summer, like the flu.

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said there is a hypothesis among mathematical modelers that the outbreak “could potentially be seasonal” and relent in warmer conditions.

    “Other viral respiratory diseases are seasonal, including influenza and therefore in many viral respiratory diseases we do see a decrease in disease in spring and summer,” Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said on a conference call Tuesday. “And so we can certainly be optimistic that this disease will follow suit.”

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