Even after a coronavirus vaccine is developed, COVID-19 will likely remain for years to come, and may eventually, become endemic like HIV, measles and chickenpox, The Washington Post reported.
As per the US daily, the experts in epidemiology said that embracing the prolonged stay of coronavirus is crucial to the next phase of the US’s coronavirus pandemic response.
According to the experts, amid all the uncertainty revolving around the novel virus, the persistence of the disease is one of the few things that we can count on about the future.
As per the report, there are four endemic coronaviruses that are present, causing common cold and many experts believe that COVID-19 will become the fifth. Currently, most of the people have not been infected and remain susceptible to the disease.
“This virus is here to stay,” an epidemiologist and evolutionary biologist at the University of Chicago, Sarah Cobey, said. Sarah added that “The question is, how do we live with it safely?”
As per the experts, fighting endemic diseases requires a sustained effort and political will across the board. As the world has started to get used to the idea of the pandemic, there are some states which are rushing headlong to reopen their economies.
“Everything we’re doing is just a knee-jerk response to the short-term,” said Tom Frieden, former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.