The bulk seems to have passed: the vaccines allow a different management of the pandemic compared to a year ago and the Covid-19 it cannot change indefinitely. The combination of these two factors will ensure that Sars-Cov-2 will become like the other common coronaviruses in circulation.
“Unlikely to change again”
“We already live with four different human coronaviruses that we never think about much and eventually Sars-CoV-2 will become one of them“: word of Prof. Dame Sarah Gilbert, professor of vaccinology at the University of Oxford and co-founder of Vaccitech. “It’s just a question of how long it will take to get there and what steps we will have to take to manage it in the meantime“, underlines, interviewed by the British Mirror. According to the expert, the Delta variant could be a sort of “swan song” of the virus, which is now showing off its most insidious and contagious version but it could also be the last. “There is no reason to think that we will have a more virulent version of Sars-CoV-2“and Covid will become even less dangerous as it spreads among the population.
What is the risk for children
The researcher, who was head of the Astrazeneca vaccine team at the Jenner Institute of the University of Oxford, is not unbalanced on the timing: it could take more time for Covid-19 to become like a cold, rather it will be important to understand which ones measures they will have to be taken to handle it. Particular attention deserve children, for whom it will be unlikely not to get infected over the years even if “they will beat him and by the time they are 20, 30, or 40 they will have fought the virus and won dozens of times“, explains the teacher. The colleague is also on the same wavelength David Matthews, professor of virology at the School of Cellular and Molecular Medicine in Bristol. “This virus is probably not a killer as it does not kill children. It will settle into a common cold“.
In any case, however, the winter season is upon us and the virus is still active, which is why we must keep the high guard because they could still occur “many damages“, according to experts from across the Channel.
Prevention against other pandemics
The current pandemic is not yet over, which is already being thought (rightly) about the future and how to prevent another situation of this kind. In England, the harvest is already underway funds for the development of other vaccines that can also curb the normal epidemics that have occurred in the past and prevent, as mentioned, future epidemics or pandemics even if Gilbert does not rule out that there may also be others. “I don’t want to depress people by making them think this will all happen again … it’s really something only a few people should think about“, he tells another British newspaper. The” secret “will be to manage any outbreaks in time by putting them out in the bud and to be able to implement all the plans in order to have a faster response and”stop the spread of a new virus at the first stage before it becomes a pandemic“, conclude.