(NEXSTAR) – COVID-19 is known to be fatal and sometimes fatal today. But in the future, getting viral infections might be similar to having a childhood cold.
Using data from other human coronaviruses, including SARS-CoV-1, researchers at Emory University and Pennsylvania State University have determined that COVID-19 will eventually be similar to other childhood infections.
They published the findings Tuesday in the journal Science.
“What we see from The other coronaviruses is that people first get the virus as a child, and then they may get it again as adults many times, ”explains lead study author Jennie S. Lavine at Emory. And this is true with many infections, our first exposure was the most severe because we had no previous immunity. ”
COVID-19 tends to show mild symptoms in childhood, such as light sniffing.While in adulthood, your previously exposed immune system will be able to fight off the virus before it reproduces internally, which means There will be no symptoms or infection whatsoever.
The researchers’ analysis looked at viral data qualitatively rather than quantitatively, so the researchers said it was not yet known when COVID-19 would become a benign infection.
For that to happen, herd immunity is required, which can be done when large populations contract the virus or are vaccinated against. The latter situation would involve much less loss of life.
“Getting the first vaccine comes up with vaccination as the best way to get into this endemic, and how quickly we get there depends on how quickly we got the vaccine. “Lavine explains.
As of Thursday, more than 11 million people in the United States received the first Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, according to the CDC.More than 30 million vaccines have been distributed so far.