Paul Hunter, a professor in Medicine at Norwich Medical School, University of East Anglia, says COVID-19 might turn into the common cold.
As stated in the article published in The Spectator magazine, according to the professor, Sars-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid, is not going away. Like other coronaviruses, it will likely infect us all repeatedly throughout the rest of our lives, probably about once every five years. Herd immunity will never happen but we will get to a manageable balance between immunity and infections.
According to him, within a few years, the vast majority of infections will be asymptomatic or mild nose and throat illnesses. In other words, like the other coronaviruses, it will simply become another cause of the common cold. Symptoms are already becoming more familiar: the Delta variant usually manifests as a sore throat and runny nose.
“New variants create problems because they are much more infectious or because they escape immunity. There are reasonable grounds, however, to believe that the Delta variant may be the virus’s end point,” Hunter said.
“The worst of the pandemic is behind us, at least in the UK. But it is essential that the booster shots rollout is successful,” he added.