As the coronavirus seem to be here to stay for quite some time, it’s unfortunate to say that it will be with us throughout the year at least.
The global death toll is at 1.4 million and the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that the coronavirus may never go away; it also advised that populations may have to learn to live with it one way or another, just as they have with HIV.
Experts say that the most likely scenario would be the pandemic ending at some point in time as enough people would’ve either been infected or vaccinated while the virus continues to circulate the globe in lower levels. Outbreaks may still pop up here and there, but a much-anticipated vaccine would arrive and would only suppress the virus but not completely eradicate it.
Even if the virus were in any case eliminated from the human population, it could still circulate in animals and spread to humans again eventually. SARS-CoV-2 is likely to originated as a bat virus and with a still un-identified animal who perhaps served as an intermediate host, which in time would continue to be a reservoir for the virus.
The existence of these reservoirs could mean that reinfections could keep on happening and is also why scientist don’t mention of these viruses being eradicated.
Even though the Ebola virus stopped transmitting from human-to-human in 2016, the virus was still present and could still find its way back to humans if the right host comes around, such as in 2018 when Ebola broke out again in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
The best case scenario possible would mean better treatments that would blunt the severity of Covid-19, making it that much less dangerous.
Over time, SARS-CoV-2 becomes just another seasonal respiratory virus, like the four other coronaviruses that cause a sizable proportion of common colds: 229E, OC43, NL63, and HKU1.
The endgame of this would be SARS-CoV-2 becoming the fifth coronavirus that regularly circulate among humans.