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Fact check: The theory that SARS-CoV-2 is becoming milder

Added 01-14-22 02:07:02pm EST - “A look at the data that omicron is less severe. What does that mean for the future of SARS-CoV-2 ?" and the pandemic?” - Npr.org

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Npr.org: “Fact check: The theory that SARS-CoV-2 is becoming milder”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

This colorized transmission electron micrograph image shows SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes the disease COVID-19. This specimen was isolated from a patient in the United States. Particles of the virus (yellow) are emerging from the surface of cells cultured in the lab (pink). Science Source hide caption

This colorized transmission electron micrograph image shows SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes the disease COVID-19. This specimen was isolated from a patient in the United States. Particles of the virus (yellow) are emerging from the surface of cells cultured in the lab (pink).

There's a growing narrative in the mainstream media, on social media — maybe even at your dinner table. That is: SARS-CoV-2 is weakening and evolving into a less deadly virus. In the future, each new variant that crops up will cause milder illness than the previous variant.

"There's this story that we're going to have variants that are progressively less severe," says Dr. Roby Bhattacharyya, who's an infectious disease specialist at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School.

But that's completely untrue, Bhattacharyya says. "It's comforting to think there might be some tendency for SARS-CoV-2 to evolve toward a milder form. That's not what we're seeing here."

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