No indication new coronavirus is seasonal

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"People are thinking about seasons", she explained, pointing to the rise in variety of COVID-19 cases in the United States over the summer. It is best to flatten it and make it something to lick your feet, "Margaret Harris, the spokeswoman, recently said in a virtual briefing, according to a Reuters report released Tuesday". It's going to be one big wave.

"Summer is a problem", she added.

It was said earlier that the corona will end in the summer season.

She admitted, however, that the conjunction of the flu virus - which is seasonal to her and strikes in winter - and the new coronavirus was a cause for concern and risked increasing pressure on health systems. Because there is still no vaccine, the governments are calibrating their Covid-19 response while bracing for a potential second wave of the infection.

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On Tuesday, the World Health Organization dispelled all notions of incoming second waves of the virus in major former hotspots by claiming that the virus constitutes "one big wave", and will not most probably become "seasonal", for it does not share the characteristics of an influenza which emerges and disappears seasonally. It's going to go up and down a little bit.

This also applies to those countries where the total number of infected goes down, like, for Sweden, but the number of virus carriers among young people is increased.

"Brazil also experienced high infection rates, despite being an equatorial country". In the initial days, some said it wouldn't affect the warmer countries.

"Now the interesting thing is we are seeing from those samples, high levels of COVID, but we're not seeing high levels of influenza at the moment".

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Tom Frieden, former director of the US Centers for Disease Control, also said that the concept of a second wave is flawed because it does not aid in understanding the pattern the pandemic will take once the flu season begins.

The development is in line with WHO's latest influenza update indicating that globally, influenza activity is now at lower-than-expected levels.

- In France, officials in Brittany blamed local outbreaks there on people aged between 18 and 25, saying they do not follow distancing measures as closely as others.

In temperate areas of the northern hemisphere, influenza activity has "returned to inter-seasonal levels".

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Referencing heightened case numbers during the summer in the U.S.

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