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Coronavirus with us forever?

I don’t know about you, but my head is spinningfrom news about coronavirus. What is happening in the world today, which doctors and patients face daily, is truly scary. But even worse is the mere thought that COVID-19 is with us forever. As is often the case, one will have to face fear - as Sumy Swaminathan, senior researcher at the World Health Organization (WHO) said during a Financial Times conference, the coronavirus may not be eradicated. Swaminathan warned that a pandemic could "potentially get worse" before changing for the better. The new virus, which first entered the human body, is still poorly understood, and therefore it is not easy to predict when we will triumph over it. Thus, SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus can become another endemic virus, like HIV, which, as you and I are well aware, is still with us.

Coronavirus is likely to always be with us.

When will the coronavirus vaccine be invented?

Unfortunately, the situation is such that we are forced toto be realistic. This means that it is unlikely that anyone will be able to predict when and how exactly we will win COVID-19. Even with good news on vaccine development and testing, WHO experts emphasize the difficulties scientists will face. Let me remind you that more than 100 potential vaccines are currently being developed, some of them are already undergoing clinical trials. And yet, the hope of a vaccine against COVID-19 is justified - so, despite the fact that measles could not be eradicated, thanks to vaccination, at some point, the world almost forgot about its existence. But over smallpox we won a real victory.

Everyone must contribute to stopping this pandemic. The trajectory is in our hands.

Head of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhan Ghebreyesus.

Scientists around the world working on a vaccine inaccelerated pace are moving on to human trials. Eradicating coronavirus as a threat to humanity is much more difficult than just developing a vaccine, experts say, because this vaccine must be developed and distributed on a massive scale. However, some viruses against which vaccines are available cannot be completely destroyed. There are vaccines against measles, tuberculosis and seasonal flu, but either they are not universal or not fully effective.

Endemic infections - These are infections whose pathogens are constantly located in a particular area - for example, cholera endemic in India or malaria in subtropical Africa.

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Director of the National Institute of Allergy andInfectious diseases Anthony Fauci has repeatedly stated that despite the presence of candidates (a successful vaccine), there is also the possibility of negative consequences when some vaccines can actually increase the negative impact of the infection. The effectiveness of the vaccine is a big suspense and we must not forget about it.

Let me remind you that in January Fauci predicted that the newcoronavirus vaccine can be developed within 12-18 months. But it’s important to understand that these are extremely ambitious figures. Experience has shown that the fastest time to develop a vaccine is four years. That is how much time it took to develop a vaccine against mumps.

This virus may never disappear.

So even if a vaccine is developed and itssafety and efficacy can be proved, it will take at least several months to produce it in the right quantities. To stop the spread of the virus, it is necessary not only to produce billions of doses, but also to distribute them. About who has the strongest immunity to the new coronavirus, read the article by Editor-in-Chief Renat Grishin.

Pandemic consequences

So, the vaccine is likely to appear not soon, butWHO experts, among other things, are seriously concerned about the threat of the second wave, which is expected in many countries in the fall. But what does this mean for you and for the economy? The governments of this world are looking for the answer to the question of how to help the economy in conditions of containment of the virus. I note that at the time of this writing, the number of infected COVID-19 exceeded four million people, and the number of deaths is much more than 300,000. To always be aware of the development of the situation with the new coronavirus, subscribe to our channel in Google News.

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According to Today, the European Union insists onthe gradual opening of borders between participating countries that were closed due to a pandemic. Politicians believe that it is not too late to save part of the summer tourist season, while maintaining the safety of people. But it is not known exactly how safety will be implemented, which also worries public health experts, as extreme caution is needed to prevent new outbreaks. The only thing that does not raise questions today is the understanding that it will take time to get out of the pandemic.

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Moreover, coronavirus may become permanentpart of our life. It is possible that we will have to learn to live with him. For example, in the case of HIV, we have found treatment and prevention methods, so people don’t feel as scared as before. Today it’s important to be realistic, so the “coronavirus with us forever” option needs to be taken seriously.

The only solution experts call a quickinventing a vaccine, in fact recognizing that this is our only hope. If scientists really manage to find a highly effective vaccine that we can distribute to all the people in need in the world, we will have a chance to destroy the virus. As most countries in the world, including the US and Russia, are eager to reopen business and public places, WHO experts fear that this decision will lead to a vicious circle of COVID-19 infections, which will ultimately lead to an economic disaster.