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Coronavirus Was Always Here. Deal With It!

by: Sharai Hoekema
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According to the latest news, Russia has developed a vaccine for COVID-19. Although many doubt its efficiency and - even more - doubt the ethics behind the testing process, it only goes to show how badly the world wants to get this COVID-19 thing over and done with. 

Theory On Coronaviruses

We are fed up with social distancing measures, a rising death toll, and strict limitations on our social life. Understandable, yet somewhat diabolical - as the Coronavirus has always been here. And it will never go away.

To understand this confusing headline, it is essential to learn more about Coronaviruses, first. These viruses are a subgroup of related RNA viruses responsible for diseases in mammals and birds. In us, human beings, they will cause respiratory tract infections - that could be exceptionally mild, but also potentially lethal. The mild illnesses include the common cold (other viruses, like the rhinoviruses, which can also cause that). More severe cases include SARS, MERS, and our current nemesis - COVID-19. 

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It is funny how it works, as these very same viruses will have a very different effect on cows or pigs, for instance. They will suffer from diarrhea, mostly. Mice, on the other hand, will find themselves down with a case of hepatitis or encephalomyelitis. No matter the exact symptoms that Coronavirus-infections present with, one thing is the same for all strains: there is no vaccine or antiviral drug for prevention or treatment.

The first time a Coronavirus was found and identified, was back in the 1930s. An acute respiratory infection in domesticated chickens spread, to the bewilderment of scientists. It took them six years to isolate and cultivate the strain that caused the disease - the first Coronavirus. Over the next decades, more instances of the Coronavirus hit in animals before moving on to humans in the 1960s. Two strains, B814 and 229E, were discovered after yearlong research - found to belong to a strain that caused a cold and responded well to the ether, which indicated the presence of a lipid envelope.

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It took a lot more research to link those two strains together as belonging to the same family, and even more research before the connection was made to the disease that hit in animals in the years prior. Fast-forward to the present times, where we are still looking at Coronaviruses going around. This included SARS-CoV in 2003, HCoV NL63 in 2004, HCoV HKU1 in 2005, MERS-CoV in 2012, and SARS-CoV-2 in 2019. That last one is better known as COVID-19, although it also frequently goes under its more widespread denominator - the Coronavirus. 

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COVID-19 Continues To Spread

At the time of writing, the virus has infected more than 21 million people, killing around 750K. A number that continues to rise as it continues to spread. Some areas seem to have a better grip on it than others, but no matter where in the world you are, governments will have put society on high alert. While many governments hoped that extreme restrictions and lockdowns would contain the disease, that ship has now long sailed. The virus is already too widespread and is too transmissible. No way we can get a grip on it anymore.

This does not mean that the pandemic will last forever. It will end at some point - after enough people have been infected or vaccinated, whichever comes first. Yet the disease will not go away when this happens, despite what most of us want to believe. The vaccine is not the cure that will make everything go back to normal - it is a way of keeping it at bay, at best. The virus will, after all, continue to circulate. Case numbers will rise and fall again as it pops up in certain areas. 

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Kenyan artists have graffitied a wall in one area of the capital, Nairobi, to remind people of ways of staying safe.

Just look at the vaccines that are already out there, available to all of us. Only very few of them are for diseases that have since been eradicated - just one. Smallpox seems to be gone for good, although it took 15 years of massive global action to get to this point. All other diseases are still here, being suppressed but still kicking. Animals play a role in this as well, as they may continue to get the disease and transmit it to us. COVID-19 will probably become one of those. So better get used to it, it is here to stay. 

Much Unknown About The Future Of COVID-19

How it will affect our future is another question. Much is still unknown. It all depends on the way immunity works for this virus. How strong is this immunity? How long will it last? Scientists have come up with several scenarios that we might be looking at.

In the worst scenario, immunity only lasts a few months. This would lead to one big pandemic each year, followed by smaller outbreaks. In a better situation, immunity can last close to two years. Then, COVID-19 would only peak every other year.

Be as it may, a COVID-19 vaccine might look a lot like the annual flu shot, which requires regular boosts to stay effective. Also, in a best-case scenario, an effective vaccine combined with better treatment options could take the angle out of COVID-19. Eventually, then, it will morph into a milder disease, perhaps just another seasonal respiratory virus causing common colds. Annoying, but not life-altering. 

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COVID-19 Might Become A Common Cold

The other coronaviruses circulating amongst humans - 229E, OC43, NL63, and HKU1 - only cause a common cold that most of us will have experienced in our lives. The outbreaks may still be severe, but its impact minimal as symptoms remain mild and easily treatable.

Taking this into account, one could say that our best option at this time is letting SARS-CoV-2 become the fifth coronavirus that regularly circulates. It will become less disruptive as more people build up natural resistance, be it through vaccination or infection. As more of our children get exposed to it, too, they will build up immunity in the same way we do for the other coronaviruses. We will still get sick, but not as severely. Plus, it will never become a full-blown pandemic again, as there are simply not enough viable hosts for the virus to jump to.

Be as it may, we are looking at a future that has COVID-19 in it - but that will also allow us to loosen the restrictions we are facing today, as the disease moves more towards common cold. Yes, we will experience seasonal flares, much like those for influenza. While amongst us, it will not shut down the world. The new normal may become more routine, after all.

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According to the latest news, Russia has developed a vaccine for COVID-19. Although many doubt its efficiency and - even more - doubt the ethics behind the testing process, it only goes to show how badly the world wants to get this COVID-19 thing over and done with.  Theory On Coronaviruses We are fed up with social distancing measures, a rising death toll, and strict limitations on our social life. Understandable, yet somewhat diabolical - as the Coronavirus has always been here. And it will never go away. To understand this confusing headline, it is essential to learn more about Coronaviruses, first. These viruses are a subgroup of related RNA viruses responsible for diseases in mammals and birds. In us, human beings, they will cause respiratory tract infections - that could be exceptionally mild, but also potentially lethal. The mild illnesses include the common cold (other viruses, like the rhinoviruses, which can also cause that). More severe cases include SARS, MERS, and our current nemesis - COVID-19.   Social distancing Recommended:  Coronavirus Versus Climate: Slash And Burn It is funny how it works, as these very same viruses will have a very different effect on cows or pigs, for instance. They will suffer from diarrhea, mostly. Mice, on the other hand, will find themselves down with a case of hepatitis or encephalomyelitis. No matter the exact symptoms that Coronavirus-infections present with, one thing is the same for all strains: there is no vaccine or antiviral drug for prevention or treatment. The first time a Coronavirus was found and identified, was back in the 1930s. An acute respiratory infection in domesticated chickens spread, to the bewilderment of scientists. It took them six years to isolate and cultivate the strain that caused the disease - the first Coronavirus. Over the next decades, more instances of the Coronavirus hit in animals before moving on to humans in the 1960s. Two strains, B814 and 229E, were discovered after yearlong research - found to belong to a strain that caused a cold and responded well to the ether, which indicated the presence of a lipid envelope. Recommended:  Keep Distance Scream The Signs: Your Holiday 2.0 It took a lot more research to link those two strains together as belonging to the same family, and even more research before the connection was made to the disease that hit in animals in the years prior. Fast-forward to the present times, where we are still looking at Coronaviruses going around. This included SARS-CoV in 2003, HCoV NL63 in 2004, HCoV HKU1 in 2005, MERS-CoV in 2012, and SARS-CoV-2 in 2019. That last one is better known as COVID-19, although it also frequently goes under its more widespread denominator - the Coronavirus.   Recommended:  Best Updates On The Coronavirus And Remarkable Quotes COVID-19 Continues To Spread At the time of writing, the virus has infected more than 21 million people, killing around 750K. A number that continues to rise as it continues to spread. Some areas seem to have a better grip on it than others, but no matter where in the world you are, governments will have put society on high alert. While many governments hoped that extreme restrictions and lockdowns would contain the disease, that ship has now long sailed. The virus is already too widespread and is too transmissible. No way we can get a grip on it anymore. This does not mean that the pandemic will last forever. It will end at some point - after enough people have been infected or vaccinated, whichever comes first. Yet the disease will not go away when this happens, despite what most of us want to believe. The vaccine is not the cure that will make everything go back to normal - it is a way of keeping it at bay, at best. The virus will, after all, continue to circulate. Case numbers will rise and fall again as it pops up in certain areas.   Kenyan artists have graffitied a wall in one area of the capital, Nairobi, to remind people of ways of staying safe. Just look at the vaccines that are already out there, available to all of us. Only very few of them are for diseases that have since been eradicated - just one. Smallpox seems to be gone for good, although it took 15 years of massive global action to get to this point. All other diseases are still here, being suppressed but still kicking. Animals play a role in this as well, as they may continue to get the disease and transmit it to us. COVID-19 will probably become one of those. So better get used to it, it is here to stay.   Much Unknown About The Future Of COVID-19 How it will affect our future is another question. Much is still unknown. It all depends on the way immunity works for this virus. How strong is this immunity? How long will it last? Scientists have come up with several scenarios that we might be looking at. In the worst scenario, immunity only lasts a few months. This would lead to one big pandemic each year, followed by smaller outbreaks. In a better situation, immunity can last close to two years. Then, COVID-19 would only peak every other year. Be as it may, a COVID-19 vaccine might look a lot like the annual flu shot, which requires regular boosts to stay effective. Also, in a best-case scenario, an effective vaccine combined with better treatment options could take the angle out of COVID-19. Eventually, then, it will morph into a milder disease, perhaps just another seasonal respiratory virus causing common colds. 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Be as it may, we are looking at a future that has COVID-19 in it - but that will also allow us to loosen the restrictions we are facing today, as the disease moves more towards common cold. Yes, we will experience seasonal flares, much like those for influenza. While amongst us, it will not shut down the world. The new normal may become more routine, after all. Before you go! Recommended:  Coronavirus 2020: Strange Times And New Monsters Did you find this an interesting article, or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your article about how you deal with the coronavirus? Send your writing & scribble with a photo to [email protected] , and we will write an interesting article based on your input.
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