Scientists explained why a pandemic could last two years

US, WASHINGTON (ORDO NEWS) — Experts from the University of Minnesota Center for Research and Policy on Infectious Diseases believe that the COVID-19 pandemic could last two years, according to a study published on the center’s website.

It states that the spread of coronavirus is unlikely to stop until 60–70% of the world’s population acquire immunity. The outbreak is projected to last from 18 to 24 months.

Moreover, individual local outbreaks of the incidence of a new coronavirus infection may occur after 2022. This is explained by the fact that many are asymptomatic and often infect other people unknowingly.

The authors of the study note that in connection with a longer incubation period, as well as with the asymptomatic course of COVID-19 , it seems that it spreads more easily than the flu. And the vaccine, despite the efforts of the developers, will appear soon.

The authors of the report cited an example of the 2009-2010 influenza epidemic when a vaccine against this strain appeared only after the outbreak reached its peak in the United States.

However, these slightly delayed vaccines prevented up to 1.5 million cases and 500 deaths in this country alone, the report said.

People need to be prepared for possible periodic outbreaks of the disease over the next two years, experts emphasized.

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