Maria Rosaria Capobianchi the virologist who isolated Coronavirus is head of Spallanzani laboratory in Rome.
Maria Rosaria Capobianchi, the scientist who isolated Coronavirus: “the vaccine alone won’t make the virus disappear”.
The virologist: “there is nothing strange about this uncertainty. Smallpox is only virus humanity managed to completely eradicate”.
Maria Rosaria Capobianchi, the scientist who isolated Sars-cov-2 virus: “there is nothing strange about this uncertainty. Smallpox is only virus humanity managed to completely eradicate. Any prospect of a short way out of this pandemic is just a consoling hypothesis, including the arrival of vaccines”. The virologist Maria Rosaria Capobianchi is head of Spallanzani laboratory in Rome. She is the scientist who isolated coronavirus and, in an interview with Corriere della Sera, she stated: “the vaccine alone won’t make the virus disappear. Sars-CoV-S takes advantage of any opportunity to reproduce. We will have to change our behaviour to prevent the contagion”.
“The opponent we are dealing with is powerful, but we have known more deadly ones. Without mentioning the plague in the 1600s, which was caused by a bacterium, not a virus. The Spanish flu in 1918 caused more than 40million victims and half a billion infections and it was cyclical, as all pandemics are. It will happen this time too”.
About treatment and vaccine she stated: “effective treatment against Covid are yet to be found. There are ways to contain it, of course, but nothing can eliminate it. As to the vaccine, we are very close. But how long will it grant us protection? No one knows. It might be necessary to re-calibrate it every year, as we do with influenza vaccine, since this virus won’t probably be eradicated like Sars-CoV was in 2002. Therefore, I’m afraid we will have to deal with it for a long time and many other seasons, as we do for influenza waves”.
And regarding infection in children she says: “they can get infected and be contagious, but they won’t get severely sick, that’s for sure. The reason for that is still among the many mysteries of this pandemic. I can only make a speculation: the reaction of an adult body to the virus aggression is so strong to be itself the cause of some organ damage, such as the deterioration of the lung tissue, and to trigger a sort of inner storm, cytokine in scientific term, which induces the collapse of the immune system. Kids, on the other hand, do not seem to have such an excessive response to the infection. But the reason, again, remains unknown”.