[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.
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“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.