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Experts: Corona may become a seasonal disease that causes cold-like symptoms


The new Corona virus has killed more than 3.4 million people and infected more than 164 million people around the world, and many variants of the virus have been found spreading around the world, with a few of them causing concerns among experts.


The World Health Organization (WHO) has classified four variants of the virus from India (B.1.617), the United Kingdom (B.1.1.7), South Africa (B.1.351) and Brazil (P.1) as "variants of global interest", showing Studies have shown that these variants contain mutations that make them more contagious than the old variants of the virus.


According to a report by "sciencedaily", as the Corona virus continues to mutate into stronger versions, it is unlikely that the Corona virus will be completely eliminated, and many experts, including CEO of Moderna, Stephan Bancel, have warned of great chances that the Corona virus will become an endemic disease and remain. With us forever, but they suggested it could eventually pass into mild illness, causing fewer cases of severe illness.

The severity of the Coronavirus will decrease as more people develop immunity

Scientists at the University of Utah support this theory as well, in a study published in the journal Viruses, they claimed that the new Corona virus could become little more than a nuisance, as it only causes coughs and cold-like colds, within the next decade.


Over the next decade, the severity of the Coronavirus may decrease as populations collectively develop immunity, whether through previous infection or vaccination, Fred Adler, a professor of mathematics and biological sciences at the University of Utah, said.


They predicted that the severity of corona could decrease over time like other seasonal corona viruses circulating in humans, and that changes in disease would be driven by adaptations of our immune response rather than by changes in the virus itself.


Their predictions that the Coronavirus will become "just another seasonal virus" is based on lessons learned from the current epidemic about how the body's immunity changes over time.


Vaccination may assist in achieving herd immunity

 

Research indicates that at least 60 to 70% of people will need to become immune to end the epidemic phase, and this can be accomplished either through widespread vaccination or cure from natural infections.


But achieving widespread immunity through uncontrolled spread could lead to hundreds of thousands of deaths and hospitalizations, so vaccination on a large scale is an effective way to end the epidemic, too, most of the vaccines currently authorized have been found to be effective against the variants of greatest concern. Hence, leading immunologists believe that vaccination could help us reach herd immunity, despite the variants.

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