- Jun 24, 2001
Coronaviruses already are like influenza: The common cold. Even if this novel coronavirus becomes endemic that really only means it will become like the common cold since we will have partial immunity (resistance) to new variants. No existing resistance is what really distinguished it and it will not longer have that distinguishment.I'm surprised that scientists identified variant P.1 as being present in Brazil in December of 2020. Does Brazil actually do any surveillance testing? Do they freeze some swabs for later analysis? I mean, we are talking about Brazil! I just wonder if it was present b/4 December. The apparent explosive spread in an area where 75% of the population had already been infected is troubling and suggest that it could take years to eliminate COVID-19 (or, that it might become like influenza).
Original article: https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2021/01/27/961108577/why-scientists-are-very-worried-about-the-variant-from-brazil