As COVID-19 cases continue to pile up across the country, many of us are wondering when—and if—the highly infectious and potentially deadly virus is ever going to go away. According to a top Yale pathologist, the answer is no. It is going to be with us “indefinitely.”
“It’s going to tail off, not end abruptly,” Sheldon Campbell, MD, Ph.D., a laboratory medicine specialist at Yale Medicine and professor of laboratory medicine at Yale School of Medicine, tells Eat This, Not That! Health. “I think COVID-19 will be with us indefinitely.” Read on to find out what they are, and to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don’t miss these Sure Signs You’ve Already Had Coronavirus.
‘We’re Unlikely to Eradicate It”
Dr. Campbell explains that despite the fact that the measles vaccine was developed in 1963 (enhanced in 1968 and MMR in ’71), is “absolutely superb,” fifty years later it is still not eradicated. “COVID is quite infectious, there are many asymptomatic cases to maintain it in a population, so we’re unlikely to eradicate it like we did SARS,” he adds. And while top researchers like Francis Collins and Anthony Fauci are optimistic that a vaccine will be ready in 2021, he points out that there are still a lot of questions. “Will a vaccine block transmission or merely attenuate or limit symptoms? How many doses, how far apart? How effective will it be at preventing