Top Doctors Say Virus is Disappearing in Italy; Other Experts Disagree

Headline Roundup June 1st, 2020

Several Italian doctors' recent descriptions of how the COVID-19 coronavirus is losing potency and prevalence in Italy were met with push back from World Health Organization (WHO) officials and several U.S.-based health experts. The Italian doctors noted that the virus is seemingly losing strength, and is no longer as widespread or viral in Italy as it once was; other experts warned that there's not yet any scientific evidence to back that notion.

Coverage from right-rated media concentrated more on the apparent optimism from the Italian doctors. Left- and center-rated media reported more widely on the news, with coverage from left-rated outlets generally focused more on the words of caution from the WHO and others.

Top Doctors Say Virus is Disappearing in Italy; Other Experts Disagree

From the Right
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Two top doctors in Italy claim the coronavirus has virtually disappeared in their hard-hit country.

"The swabs that were performed over the last 10 days showed a viral load in quantitative terms that was absolutely infinitesimal compared to the ones carried out a month or two months ago," said Alberto Zangrillo, who leads a hospital in Milan, Business Insider reported.

"In reality, the virus clinically no longer exists in Italy," he added. Zangrillo also urged Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte to continue reopening the country.

"We've got to get back to...

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From the Center
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The World Health Organization cautioned world leaders Monday about reports that the coronavirus is “losing potency,” saying “this is still a killer virus” and thousands of people are still dying daily.

“We need to be exceptionally careful that we are not creating a sense that all of a sudden the virus has decided to be less pathogenic. That is not the case at all,” Dr. Mike Ryan, executive director of the WHO’s emergencies program, said during a press conference at the agency’s headquarters in Geneva.

WHO officials were asked...

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From the Left
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Has the novel coronavirus in Italy changed in some significant way? That was the suggestion of a top doctor in northern Italy who reports that patients to his hospital have been showing up with lower levels of the virus in their upper respiratory tracts compared with those two months ago.

Alberto Zangrillo, head of San Raffaele Hospital in Milan, roiled the global public health community on Sunday when he told RAI, the national TV station, that “the virus clinically no longer exists in Italy,” with patients showing minute amounts of...

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