The chief of the San Raffaele Hospital in Milan claims COVID-19 ‘clinically no longer exists’ in Italy, even in the Lombardy region. ‘Positive tests now have an infinitesimal viral load.’
The numbers are continuing to steadily drop in Italy, especially as there were 355 new cases out of 54,118 tests, while for the 56th day in a row the intensive care figures fell.
“I find it laughable that the epidemiologists told us a month ago that we’d have another spike in cases for May or June, with who knows how many intensive care beds that would be needed,” San Raffaele Hospital chief Alberto Zangrillo told Rai.
“In reality, the virus clinically no longer exists in Italy. This is what we learn from studies by the San Raffaele university hospital, Institute of Virology Professor Clementi, the Emory University in Atlanta and Professor Silvestri.
“The swabs that were performed over the last 10 days showed a viral load that was infinitesimal compared to the ones on patients a month or two months ago.”
There were another 75 deaths related to COVID-19 in Italy over the last 24 hours, taking the total to 33,415.
“I say this well aware of the tragedy for those patients who didn’t make it, but we cannot continue to give all the attention to self-proclaimed Professors rather than actual virologists and hospital workers.
“In a clinical sense, the virus no longer exists. I am prepared to put my name to that statement. We’ve got to get back to being a normal country, because the statistics show we have every capability of doing that.
“Previous epidemics, like MERS and SARS, petered out by themselves and we can only hope that is happening again this time. We’ve got to be wary, yes, but not kill ourselves unnecessarily. Our wards are emptying out.”
There are currently 435 people in intensive care, 6,387 in hospital and 32,253 who are self-isolating at home with minor or no symptoms.
The thesis put forward by the hospital chief is that the virus has lost strength following the lockdown and when new patients are infected, they have much weaker symptoms than a couple of months ago.
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