Coronavirus doctor’s diary: Will Covid be with us forever, like flu?


These results are likely to be a precursor of what happens to our antibodies with vaccines, and so it is becoming clearer that we are unlikely to reach zero Covid. Rather, we will see ongoing outbreaks as our immunity waxes and wanes. One analogy being used foresees the current forest fire of cases becoming a bonfire, then a pile of smouldering embers, and after that just smoke – followed by small fires sparking up, perhaps in the winter months. Previous infection or vaccination will not necessarily protect you.


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Jenny Oslen