The world is preparing for the variants of the coronavirus that can be there. The Japan Olympics have banned spectators from their presence. The curfews and health officials have been taken into consideration by a lot of countries like Australia. But the Americans have recently celebrated the 4th of July in full force.
With new mutations discovered every few weeks, many scientists now predict that Covid will continue circulating around the world for at least the next two to three years, requiring nations to reinstitute public health measures on an ad hoc basis for the foreseeable future.
“I could foresee that in certain parts of the country, there could be a reintroduction of indoor mask mandates, distancing and occupancy limits” in the coming months, said Lawrence Gostin, director of the World Health Organization’s Collaborating Center on National and Global Health Law.
He said he fears there will be “major outbreaks” in the U.S. this fall, especially in states with low vaccination rates.
“We are heading for a very dangerous fall, with large swaths of the country still unvaccinated, a surging delta variant, and people taking off their masks,” Gostin added.
No vaccine is 100% effective.
“It is not a bold prediction to believe that SARS-CoV-2 is going to be circulating two or three years from now. I mean there are 195 countries out there, most of which haven’t been given a single dose of vaccine,” Offit said. “Will it still be circulating in the United States? I think that would be very, very likely.”
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“Given pandemic fatigue, it is going to be harder to get most Americans to follow guidance on mask use and social distancing. When cases and hospitalizations begin to surge again, potentially not until the fall or winter, then it may be easier to persuade some to take measures to be careful,” he said.