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It’s very hard to predict the future. But what’s your personal view of when COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic might ease up and whether that’s a curve, or as many now say it’s a loop? Yeah, I’m not a prophet. When I look to China where they had a complete lockdown. And 76 days later, they’re resurfacing. In Canada, we haven’t got a complete lockdown. But we can see some glimmer of hope that the numbers of COVID-19 coronavirus infections might not be exponentially increasing quite as quickly. So, you know, I think realistically, in those places where there are huge numbers of COVID-19 coronavirus, you’re looking realistically for several months before you can start to consider that isolation is no longer absolutely necessary. But again, I’m not a prophet. I don’t know if there are going to be second waves of COVID-19 coronavirus. I don’t know if the virus is going to mutate to become less aggressive. I mean, it’s not in the virus’s interest and they’re they’re not sentinel thinking beings. But a virus requires a live host. So most viruses mutate to become less aggressive, less lethal. So we may find that this COVID-19 coronavirus over the next decade will become one of those normal coronaviruses. That just given us a moderate flu-like symptoms. And in fact, there’s some suggests that it actually may not be a completely new coronavirus. But a virus that existed before and mutated to become more aggressive. So let’s see what unfolds. Let’s not try to be prophets. But let’s stick with what we’ve learned that isolation and personal hygiene is absolutely imperative to limit the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus. Well, Professor Fish, thank you very much for this fascinating conversation. As this develops, we hope to be able to come back to you as some therapeutics will start to appear. As the vaccine trials will be moving along and certainly to revert to you on the questions of the broad spectrum antiviral therapeutics as well as other immunology-related questions. Thank you very much for this conversation.