What Does 2021 Have in Store for COVID?

What Does 2021 Have In Store For COVID?

(TargetLiberty.org) – You can’t deny it; however terrible 2020 was for the rest of us, it’s been a pretty good year for the coronavirus. The disease, only identified late last year, has devastated the global economy and killed hundreds of thousands – possibly millions – of people. But will it be as severe in 2021? Here’s what the experts think.

Most experts agree that the Pfizer vaccine, and others in the pipeline, will go a long way to bringing the virus under control and letting life go back to normal. However, they also agree that isn’t going to happen right away. Current vaccines need two doses, several weeks apart. Hundreds of millions of doses will be needed, and that’s going to take months. To stop the pandemic, around 70-80% of the US population needs to be immune, and that means around 90% have to be vaccinated.

Up to now, there’s been a moratorium on evictions for people who can’t pay their rents because of the pandemic, but that ends on New Year’s Eve. This could mean a wave of evictions, with thousands of people on the move to friends, relatives or other accommodation – and many of them could carry the virus with them, causing a huge new wave at the start of the year.

The infection rate is likely to stay high anyway, as people spend more time indoors through the winter. Even in the best case scenario, epidemiologists don’t expect the number of new cases to fall until Spring. Mask mandates, restrictions and lockdowns are going to be with us for a while longer.

Whatever happens with the vaccine, a potential winter spike and possible mutations, the virus isn’t going to disappear. It’ll be with us for the foreseeable future, and new mutations will appear, so we’re going to have to learn to live with it – and we can’t keep going through lockdowns forever.

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