Covid-19 may resemble the common cold until the spring of next year as people’s immunity to the virus increases from vaccines and exposure, experts say.
Sir John Bell, a professor of medicine at Oxford University, said things would be fine after the winter was over, adding that there had been constant exposure to the virus even in people who were vaccinated. While Prof. Dame Sarah Gilbert said viruses tend to become weaker as they spread. Seasonal coronaviruses cause colds and Gilbert said Sars-CoV-2 will become one of them.
Asked about Gilbert’s comments on Times Radio, Sir John said:
“If you look at the trajectory we are in, we are much better than we were 6 months ago. And I think there will be a lot of exposure to Delta, we can see that the case numbers are quite high. If people who have received two doses of vaccine become asymptomatic, it will increase our immunity significantly, so I think we are moving towards the position that Sarah describes, perhaps by next spring, that would be my view.
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