Experts believe coronavirus may never go away, and we need to tide out of the pandemic gradually. A vaccine could be available by mid-2021.
The Economic Times reported that according to historians, like Dr. Jeremy Greene from John Hopkins and Allan Brandt from Harvard, pandemics typically end in two ways: medical, which occurs when the incidence and death rates plummet, or social, when the epidemic of fear about the disease wanes. They believe the coronavirus pandemic could end socially before it ends medically. People may grow so tired of the restrictions and learn to live with the virus.
In May 2020, the World Health Organisation (WHO) emergency director, Dr. Mike Ryan, warned that the virus might never go away, and even when a vaccine a found, controlling the disease would require a massive effort.
It could take a long time for the tide to go out - possibly years. Most experts think a vaccine is likely to become available by mid-2021. But even after the vaccine is approved, it would be needed in vast quantities- which is another challenge in itself. Yet if a vaccine is developed and administered, the coronavirus is likely to remain for decades to come. Experts call such diseases endemic - stubbornly resisting efforts to stamp them out.
Therefore, we conclude that the coronavirus will not disappear anytime soon.
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