Daily infections with COVID-19 continue to be on the rise in plenty of countries, including the USA, India, Japan, Spain, and others. The SARS-CoV-2 virus has infected over 20 million people worldwide, and the most affected country remains the US, with more than 5 million infections and over 165,000 deaths.
While scientists all over the world are desperate to find a vaccine for the COVID-19 disease, there’s a good chance that even if they succeed, the virus still won’t go away for good.
COVID-19 could become just a common cold
Vineet Menachery is a coronavirus researcher from the University of Texas Medical Branch, and he’s the one coming with the new perspective for the virus. There’s still a good side, though, as Menachery claims that the coronavirus may slowly become no more threatening than the common cold. He believes that herd immunity will slow down the virus. The scientist also said that he’d be surprised “if we’re still wearing masks and 6-feet distancing in two or three years”
Vaccines are under the works, but not everybody is willing to benefit from one for COVID-19. Ipsos Mori and researchers from the King’s College London (KCL) carried a poll among 2,237 people aged between 16 and 75. The outcome was that only 53% of those people want to be vaccinated against COVID-19, while the majority of those who don’t are supporters of conspiracy theories. They believe that political leaders are trying to control the population through the supposed vaccines somehow. From those unwilling to be vaccinated, 36% of them believe there’s too much fuss going on regarding the pandemic.
After Spain confronted with COVID-19 that killed over 28,000 people and infected more than 360,000, things were looking as they were finally returning to normal. But the country is facing a second wave of the coronavirus, as it deals with a serious increase in the number of daily infections for the last several weeks.