Fall in Covid-19 viral load raises hopes next wave may be less ...

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Fall in Covid-19 viral load raises hopes next wave may be less deadly

The decrease in the chance of severe illness, death could be a result of more social distancing and mask-wearing

Henry Bodkin

Viral load is getting smaller as the Covid-19 pandemic progresses, scientists have discovered, raising hopes that a second wave could be less deadly.

Separate studies from the US and Italy established that patients tended to take on fewer viral particles as the outbreak went on, corresponding to a lower chance of death.

Researchers said this indicated that the pandemic was becoming less severe. It comes as epidemiologists wait to see whether the resurgence in UK cases is followed by a comparable increase in severe illness and death...

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