Covid-19 is something everyone wants to get rid of. After the vaccine had finally been released to the general public with tons of people scheduling shots every day, we thought it was finally time to go back to normal. But as Michael Osterholm, an epidemiologist at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis states, “Eradicating this virus right now from the world is a lot like trying to plan the construction of a stepping-stone pathway to the Moon. It’s unrealistic.”
However, Nature.com states that failure to completely remove this virus from the planet won’t result in death. They instead compare it with the common cold and influenza to state that it can be controlled by annual vaccinations and acquired immunity. This means that society will eventually be able to open up and tolerate deaths without requiring lockdowns.
“The virus sticks around, but once people develop some immunity to it — either through natural infection or vaccination — they won’t come down with severe symptoms. The virus would become a foe first encountered in early childhood, when it typically causes mild infection or none at all,” says Jennie Lavine, an infectious-disease researcher at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.