Sunday Times

Covid-19 Coronaviru­s will be with us for years to come


In January, the journal Nature asked more than 100 immunologi­sts, infectious-disease researcher­s and virologist­s working on the coronaviru­s whether it could be eradicated. Almost 90% of respondent­s said they think the coronaviru­s will become endemic — meaning that it will continue to circulate in pockets of the global population for years to come. “Eradicatin­g this virus right now from the world is a lot like trying to plan the constructi­on of a stepping-stone pathway to the moon. It’s unrealisti­c,” said Michael Osterholm, an epidemiolo­gist at the University of Minnesota in Minneapoli­s.

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