Killer coronavirus could be ‘seasonal’ and ‘reappear’ next winter, warn doctors

The deadly coronavirus outbreak could be seasonal and it could disappear when warmer months arrive, an expert can reveal.

While scientists and virus experts are trying to develop a cure for the pneumonia-like virus, many believed the virus shares a vast similarity to the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)

Despite the two viruses coming from the family 'coronavirus', Covid-19 is likely to be more infectious but less deadly.

Dr Sanjaya Senanayake, infection disease expert Associate Professor at the Australian National University said Covid-19 reached 8,000 cases within eight weeks, but it took SARS eight months to cause 8,000 cases.

However, to find out how long the virus lasts will require accurate pools of data including on the number of suspected cases.


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Dr Senanayake believed there's still a large number of suspected cases that have not been reported yet and that could make it difficult to calculate the life expectancy of the virus.

He said: "China has changed the way it has counted cases which has muddied the waters a little bit.

"But if you go back to the old way of counting cases, in the last few days there has been a reduction in the number of confirmed cases and if that trend in the cases we know about is reflected in the cases we don't know about, maybe we are getting it under control."

He is not sure how active the virus is and said only time will tell – it could take months, a year or even years.

"When the warmer months appear it could suddenly disappear and then reappear in the colder months," he added.

China is doing its best to contain the virus in as many cities as they can and has set travel bans and school bans in a desperate bid to bring the number of infected cases under control.

But Dr Senanayake said the method won't be helpful in the long run and the virus will spread furhter.

"Children have to go to school. People have to go to work and China accounts for 16 per cent of the world economy. If China is shut down, it has downstream effects for all of us," he said.

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