COVID19 will end up resembling the common cold by spring next year as people's immunity is boosted by vaccines and exposure, leading experts have said
Professor Dame Sarah Gilbert and Sir John Bell have both said coronavirus will eventually cause illness which are as mild as a common cold, playing down fears of a more deadly variant and adding the UK 'is over the worst'.
"So the pressure on the NHS is largely abated. If you look at the deaths from COVID, they tend to be very elderly people, and it's not entirely clear it was COVID that caused all those deaths."So I think we're over the worst of it now and I think what will happen is, there will be quite a lot of background exposure to Delta," he added, saying the case numbers are quite high but those who have had two vaccines and are infected will still lead to stronger herd immunity.
Image:Dame Sarah downplayed fears of a new more deadly virus"I think we're headed for the position Sarah describes probably by next spring would be my view," he said."We have to get over the winter to get there but I think it should be fine."
Dame Sarah also suggested COVID will cause milder illnesses as she played down fears of a more deadly new variant.Speaking at a Royal Society of Medicine webinar on Wednesday, she said coronavirus is unlikely to mutate into a strain that can evade vaccines because there"aren't very many places for the virus to go". headtopics.com
Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video playerWhitty: 'Near certainty' unjabbed kids will get COVID"We normally see that viruses become less virulent as they circulate more easily and there is no reason to think we will have a more virulent version of Sars-CoV-2," Dame Sarah said.
"It's just a question of how long it's going to take to get there and what measures we're going to have to take to manage it in the meantime."It comes after England's chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty saidbecause the virus would continue to spread as immunity wanes.
But Dame Sarah said on Wednesday that illness caused by COVID will become milder."We tend to see slow genetic drift of the virus and there will be gradual immunity developing in the population as there is to all the other seasonal coronaviruses," she said.
During the webinar, Dame Sarah also warned that work must be done to prepare for future pandemics, adding that small amounts of investment now could potentially save billions of pounds in the long run.Meanwhile, Mr Bancel told Swiss newspaper Neue Zuercher Zeitung:"If you look at the industry-wide expansion of production capacities over the past six months, enough doses should be available by the middle of next year so that everyone on this earth can be vaccinated. headtopics.com
"Those who do not get vaccinated will immunize themselves naturally, because the Delta variant is so contagious," he added."In this way we will end up in a situation similar to that of the flu. You can either get vaccinated and have a good winter. Or you don't do it and risk getting sick and possibly even ending up in hospital."
Asked if that meant a return to normal in the second half of next year, he said:"As of today, in a year, I assume." Read more: Sky News »
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Good news. I hope that is going to be true x Bvlxp Qué dirán ante esto los adictos? Optimistic. Let's hope they are correct ( a small group of experts). I await further scientific confirmation.
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