COVID-19 is here to stay, say experts, who believe emerging variants coupled with vaccine hesitancy is likely to make it impossible to achieve herd immunity in the U.S.
According to The New York Times, more than half of U.S. adults have had at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccines, but daily vaccination rates are falling. Scientists and public health experts now believe that reaching the threshold of immunity to stave off the virus is unattainable in the foreseeable future, and maybe forever.
What they predict is that COVID-19 will will remain for many years to come, causing hospitalizations and deaths, but to a much lesser degree than experienced so far.
“The virus is unlikely to go away,” said Rustom Anti, Ph.D., a professor of biology and a faculty member at the Emory Vaccine Center at Emory University in Atlanta. “But we want to do all we can to check that it’s likely to become a mild infection.”
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