I think pretending we have beaten Covid is optimistic in the extreme.
A virus has two paths, the first is to be as contagious as possible, the second is to bypass host immunity.
A novel virus running through a species with no immunity doesn’t need to evolve against host immunity, Omicron has gone as far down the transmissibility path as it can and with a huge reservoir of unvaccinated, it will now start to mutate to evade our immunity. Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta and Omicron all came out of nowhere, and each time we have made gains the virus has evolved and adopted and side stepped us.
To believe we are now suddenly smarter than the virus and we have beaten it ignores the last 2 years.
The good news is that from variant discovery to needles in arms is now 100 days so if a deadlier variant that can bypass immunity does emerge we have hope.
We haven’t won the war, we’ve won a truce.
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Original Source: https://thedailyblog.co.nz/2022/01/04/i-think-pretending-we-have-beaten-covid-is-optimistic-in-the-extreme/