Can the world’s leading medical scientists do something and eradicate COVID-19? We now have vaccines and medication against the coronavirus. But unfortunately, it may not be enough. If we take a look at how fast and rampant the coronavirus is spreading across the world, mostly due to the Omicron variant, we have a strong reason to believe that the virus can’t be eradicated.
Should we all just ‘accept’ the virus? That may be a way to see things. But surely, it would be better to eradicate the virus once and for all. For that latter scenario, Dr. Gregory Poland from the Mayo Clinic comes to shatter our dreams.
COVID-19 will remain with the world for a long time
Dr. Gregory Poland studies the immunogenetics of vaccine response, and he believes that COVID will always stick to the world, as he revealed for MarketWatch and Barron’s.
Poland declared, as quoted by MarketWatch:
We’re hoping one day [measles] will be eradicated. Will that happen with coronavirus? No, it will not,
We are not yet at any stage where we could predict endemicity. We’re not going to eradicate it. We have an animal reservoir now — white-tailed deer in the U.S. — that are infected with SARS-CoV-2, for example.
The same doctor added, as quoted by the same source:
So let me make a prediction, which will be hard for any of you to hold me to because we will all be dead by then, but your great-great-great-grandchildren will still be getting immunized against coronavirus,
How can I even say such a thing? If you got your flu vaccine this fall you were immunized against a strain of influenza that showed up in 1918 and caused a pandemic.
The only thing we can all do is with all due respect for Mr. Poland, but let’s hope he’s wrong.