[Ed. – Better news: Once a vaccine becomes available, the virus should be far less of a threat.]
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci said Sunday that it is likely the coronavirus will become a seasonal occurrence.
The infectious diseases expert told CBS’s “Face the Nation” that it’s likely the virus “will assume a seasonal nature” because it is unlikely to be contained around the world this year.
“Unless we get this globally under control, there is a very good chance that it’ll assume a seasonal nature,” he said.
“We need to be prepared that since it will be unlikely to be completely eradicated from the planet that as we get into next season we may see the beginning of a resurgence,” he added.
The possibility of a resurgence is why the federal government is working “so hard” to improve its preparedness, including developing a vaccine and completing clinical trials on therapeutic interventions.