Europe Will Be Hit By Second Wave Of COVUD-19, Warns EU’s Boss On Disease Control

By Vanessa Chalmers Health Reporter For Mailonline |

Dr Andrea Ammon, director of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, said another wave will be inevitable because so few people have immunity to the disease

Europe will be hit by a second wave of coronavirus – it’s just a question of when and how big, according to the EU’s boss on disease control.

Dr Andrea Ammon urged the continent to prepare for another crisis, which she said was inevitable because so few people will have developed COVID-19 immunity.

Studies suggest less than 15 per cent of the population in Europe’s worst-hit nations have already been infected, leaving the majority vulnerable in the future.

Dr Ammon warned the virus – scientifically known as SARS-CoV-2 – is not going away any time soon because it is ‘very well adapted to humans’.

Top experts have warned against celebrating figures that show dwindling outbreaks across Europe because the battle is yet to be won.

Almost all scientists agree the infection is bound to re-emerge in a second wave in the absence of a vaccine or cure for the coronavirus.

The biggest fear is the second wave will occur during the winter and coincide with flu season, which could overwhelm already swamped hospitals.

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