(NEXSTAR) – COVID-19 is known to be fatal and sometimes fatal today. But in the future, viral infections may be closer to childhood colds.
Using data from other human coronaviruses, including SARS-CoV-1, researchers from Emory University and Pennsylvania State University have determined that COVID-19 will eventually resemble 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 an adult many times, ”explains lead author Jennie S. Lavine at Emory. And this is true of many infections, our first exposure is the most severe because we have 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 can reproduce internally, which means There will be no symptoms or any infection.
The researchers’ analysis looked at the viral data qualitatively rather than quantitatively, so the researchers said it was not yet known. When COVID-19 will turn out to be a very mild and less serious infection.
For that to happen, herd immunity is needed, which can be done when large populations contract the virus or are vaccinated against. The latter situation involves much less loss of life.
“The first vaccination was done with vaccination as the best way to get into this endemic state, and how quickly we get there depends on how quickly we got the vaccine,” explains Lavine.
As of Thursday, more than 11 million people in the United States received the first Pfizer or Modena vaccine, according to the CDC.More than 30 million vaccines have been distributed so far.