The much desired group immunity may never be attained.
The end of Covid-19 in our lives may never come. An American specialist explained, in an interview with ABC News, that the virus that monopolized our lives in the last year could become an endemic virus, like the flu, that will circulate permanently among us seasonally.
Paul Allan Offit, an American pediatrician specializing in infectious diseases, vaccines, immunology and virology, says that in the future this virus will become less dangerous with the advent of more vaccines and drugs to treat Covid-19. “[A Covid-19] It is not like measles, where immunity is obtained for life “, defends the specialist.
“This coronavirus is here to stay,” explains John Brownstein, director of innovation at Boston Children’s Hospital. “The eradication of this new coronavirus is basically impossible”, he concludes.
In the coming years, many people will be exposed to the virus in childhood and will eventually develop immunity, protecting them from serious illnesses.
“The hope is that, with sufficient natural immunity and immunizations, this will become part of the natural cycle of the cold seasons, but it will not have the same impact,” said Brownstein.
Sarah Cobey, an epidemiologist and evolutionary biologist at the University of Chicago, also believes in the virus’s possible seasonality: “I think it will become seasonal. All acute respiratory viral infections are.”
According to the point of view of Stephen S. Morse, professor of epidemiology at Columbia University, the pandemic could still have been fought “if the world had acted earlier in a coordinated way”.
Remember that it is not yet clear how long we have immunity after being infected with Covid-19 and what immunity the vaccine guarantees us.