What If COVID-19 Never Disappears?
What If COVID-19 never disappears? How would you feel if this never ended, despite all the masks, tests, and vaccinations? There is no guarantee that covid-19 will ever disappear. Even if the virus doesn’t go away, it might not be as bad as it seems. How could covid-19 never go away? What would life be like if it didn’t disappear? And how could the virus weaken into another common cold?
Unfortunately, there are a couple of ways that covid-19 could be here to stay. Vaccines may not be completely effective. Animals could infect us again, or the virus could continue to mutate. So how might vaccines not do the trick? People don’t always take well to restrictive measures like wearing masks and social distancing.
Vaccines are only effective if people are willing to participate. If most people are vaccinated, the virus will have a hard time finding someone who’s susceptible. Eventually, the spread will slow and die out. This is called herd immunity, but many people refuse to get vaccinated or socially dist. The virus would continue to spread in the future.
Vaccines could help stop the spread in most areas, but communities may not get or don’t take the vaccines. As a result, localized outbreaks could occur. Another way covid-19 could continue to spread is the way it originated through animals. It isn’t just batting and pangolins either. Tigers at the Bronx Zoo and Mink’s and a Dutch farm have had covid-19 without animal-friendly practices.
The virus could live on and reinfect us even if it was eradicated in humans. And there’s a third way covid-19 could stick around mutation. Hey, there’s a lot to dove into about covid-19 mutating. Could it make the virus deadlier? Will it render our original vaccines useless? Check out our other video on what if the coronavirus mutated?
Covid-19 might not go away, but that’s not to say it won’t be manageable. There are already four other coronaviruses that regularly circulate among humans. You’ve probably contracted one before because they give you the common cold. These coronaviruses have been around for decades. They caused mild illnesses in children and severe disease in the elderly. But now, they’ve been around long enough for people to build up immunity slowly. One of the reasons covid-19 is so deadly is because it’s new.
Our bodies have never been exposed to this virus before. Eventually, years into the future, our immune systems could adapt to protect us. And all you to France is a few sniffles.
And it’s essential to look past the doom and gloom of what life with covid is broad. At home, people have had more time to find new passions and spend time with their families. Companies are rethinking their structure, including more options to work remotely. I’m voicing this from Bora Bora. With fewer people commuting to work, the environment improved global carbon emissions in 2020. We’re eight percent lower because of covid-19 restrictions.
There isn’t one solution that will make covid-19 disappear, but slowly, social distancing measures might lighten up, and people will be open to shaking hands and hugging in the future. This could be another virus that gives us the cold.