Four ways the pandemic might end


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As major cultural events are forgotten, workplaces, bars, and restaurants close, and prominent politicians around the world have been sickened, two simple questions about the novel coronavirus pandemic seem to rise above the rest: How long will this last? And how will it end?

William Haseltine, president of the global health think tank ACCESS Health International, who recently chaired the U.S.-China Health Summit in Wuhan, where the virus likely originated, has a theory.

There are four ways,” the doctor told The Daily Beast. “One, it peters out with the weather. Two, everybody gets infected, so it’s got no new places to go… so it ends—but that’s a pretty horrible ending. Three is a vaccine, which is about a year away. Fourth way is the most likely: We’re going to have a few drugs, within a few weeks to a few months, that prevent people from getting infected—like PrEP for HIV—and for treatment.”

Decent article. Not as stellar as listening to a thorough discussion with Dr. Haseltine. Happened to catch 10 minutes or so of an interview, yesterday, on BloombergTV. He’s almost as long-winded as me. His medical facts, his science is spot on.

There are at least 3 very readable articles on this coronavirus at his website [link in the paragraph above].

2 thoughts on “Four ways the pandemic might end

  1. Gweilo Joe says:

    China has approved an experimental COVID-19 vaccine for use in its military after early clinical trial data suggested it was safe and spurred immune responses—but before larger trials that will test whether the vaccine can protect against SARS-CoV-2 infections. https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/06/china-moves-forward-with-covid-19-vaccine-approving-it-for-use-in-military/
    This marks the first time any country has approved a candidate vaccine for military use. China’s Central Military Commission made the approval June 25, which will last for a year, according to a filing reported by Reuters. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-china-vaccine-idUSKBN2400DZ

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