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COVID-19 is "so successful" that it will never be eradicated, a virus expert has claimed, as fears of a second spike continue to grow.

Professor David Robertson, head of viral genomics and bioinformatics at the University of Glasgow, believes the highly infectious respiratory infection is "almost uncontrollable".

"It is so transmissible, it's so successful, we're so susceptible, that actually it's a little bit of a red herring to worry about it getting worse, because it couldn't be much worse at the moment in terms of the numbers of cases," he told the House of Lords Science and Technology committee on Tuesday.

"If you contrast with Ebola, which has very high virulence, kills many, many people, it makes it very controllable and you can very readily identify the infected people.

"Whereas this virus is infecting so many people with asymptomatic to mild symptoms that it's almost uncontrollable.

 "I think we have to be clear that we're not going to be able to eradicate this virus."
Professor Robertson said the virus will "settle into the human population" and will become a "normal virus" in several years' time.

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