Could the coronavirus one day not cause more than a simple cold? At least that is what one scientist from the USA believes. Jennie Lavine, an infectiologist at Emory University in Atlanta, is convinced that the Sars-Cov-2 virus could lose its horror in the future.
The Predicts about Coronavirus
The doctor predicts that the current causer of Covid-19 will become an endemic pathogen, i.e. that it will only appear locally in the future. Vaccinations could then become unnecessary. However, since it is still completely unclear how the corona pandemic will develop in the coming months, this forecast should be treated with caution.
Will Corona turn into a cold? Sars-Cov-2 could end similarly to other coronaviruses
As Lavine explains in Science Magazine, she expects Sars-Cov-2 to behave like the other already known coronaviruses called NL63, 229E, OC43, and HKU1. These viruses regularly cause epidemics in which young children, in particular, become ill. Such illnesses are rarely fatal, however, and are more like a cold or flu.
The Experiment of coronavirus
In an earlier experimental study with the coronavirus 229E, however, a new infection was possible after just one year, so complete immunity is not given even with previous coronaviruses. The reason is probably the drop in antibody titer. There are similar signs of current corona infections, i.e. the Sars-Cov-2 or Covid-19 virus.
Cold and corona: Infections with other coronaviruses caused partial immunity
In the experimental study, however, a renewed infection only led to a shortened virus excretion; the test subjects remained asymptomatic. Lavine attributes this to a lifelong partial immunity that people have acquired after initial infection. According to the infectiologist, most people have antibodies against the four previously known coronaviruses, even in old age.
Conclusion about coronavirus ?
Lavine therefore strongly assumes that the pathogen Sars-Cov-2 will also turn into an endemic pathogen in the next few years and then maybe even trigger a cold. According to the scientist, then probably no one would have to be vaccinated against corona any more, as the partial immunity of the older population groups means that there are hardly any serious illnesses and deaths