COVID 19 may never go away even with a vaccine: Report

COVID 19 may never go away even with a vaccine: Report

  • There are four endemic corona virus that are present, causing the common cold.
  • Experts believe that COVID-19m will become the fifth.

WASHINGTON DC: Even after a COVID-19 vaccine is developed and deployed, the corona virus will likely remain for years to come, and may eventually, become endemic like HIV, measles and chickenpox, The Washington Post reported.

According to the US daily, experts in epidemiology say embracing the prolonged stay of COIVID-19 is crucial to the next phase of the US’s corona virus pandemic response.

Experts say that amid all the uncertainty revolving around the contagion, the persistence of the novel virus is one of the few things we can count on about the future.

There are four endemic corona viruses that are present, causing the common cold. And many experts believe that COVID-19 will become the fifth.

As things stand, most people have not been infected and remain susceptible to the infection.

“This  virus is here to stay,” Sarah Cobey, an epidemiologist and evolutionary biologist at the University of Chicago was quoted as saying by Post. “The question is, how do we live with it safely?”

According to experts, combating endemic diseases requires sustained effort and political will across the board.

As the world has only started to get used to the idea of the pandemic, some states are rushing headlong into reopening their economies.

“It’s like we have attention deficit disorder right now. Everything we’re doing is just a knee-jerk response to the short-term,” said Tom Frieden, former director of the Center’s for Disease Control and Prevention.

“People keep asking me, ‘What’s the one thing we have to do? The one thing we have to do is to understand that there is not one thing. We need a comprehensive battle strategy , meticulously implemented.”

Meanwhile, the US along with other countries is yearning for a quick fix vaccine, which is being portrayed as an all-out solution of the infection. However, the world has achieved that only once, with smallpox and that too at the cost of million of lives spanning across two centuries.

As things are heading, many experts believe this COVID-19 could become relatively benign, causing milder infections as our immune systems develop a memory of responses to the virus. However, that process could take a long time, said Andrew Noymer, a University of California at Irvine epidemiologist.

Barney Graham, deputy director of the federal government’s Vaccine Research Center, said emerging plans for vaccination are already stretching as far out as 10 years.

“It is like people who drive too fast. They come upon the scene of an accident, and for a little while, they drive more carefully, but soon they are back to speeding again, “said Michael T. Osterholm, director of the University of Minnesota’s Center for Research and Policy.

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