After costing millions to lose their jobs, causing billions around the world to quarantine and killing hundreds of thousands of people, COVID-19 has given the world even more bad news on Friday. Many disease and health experts predict that the coronavirus will last up to two more years. The spread of COVID-19 has been incredible to say the least. In what has baffled the medical and global community, started out as an outbreak in Wuhan China in December 2019, has since been considered a pandemic by the World Health Organization, on March 11, 2020. It is important to note, that researchers still do not know enough yet about COVID-19 and that any suggestions come from the best comparative model, the influenza pandemics.
The use of past influenza pandemics (there have been at least 8), as comparative models, is used more as a vision of the future and possible scenarios for the course of COVID-19, rather than finding a cure. In fact, according to researchers “because of corona’s ability to spread from people who don’t appear to be ill, the virus will likely be harder to control than influenza”. In even more shocking news, a report from the Center for Infectious Diseases Research and Policy, at the University of Minnesota, says that people may very well be the most infectious before symptoms appear.
Many experts believe the virus will not be contained, until 60-70% of the nation’s population is immune. One global industry that cannot afford for the coronavirus to last for over two year, is the healthcare industry. With thousands of nurses and other medical professionals already losing their jobs, it is entirely possible there could be a raise in global death rates. The longer the virus continues, the more money healthcare practices will lose, which would result in more pay cuts and higher unemployment rates. Not only do medical professionals need to worry about their current situation, but also what the future holds. Can they financially support themselves for years to come without a job, will they receive reduced pay when they are finally able to practice medicine again, and how quickly will they be able to find a job post pandemic era. These are all critical questions medical professionals should be asking themselves now.
With a second wave of coronavirus expected to hit the U.S. in the next 6 months, many are left wondering what to do? Some states and businesses have started to reopen for fear of their economic state, but in doing so have made themselves and others more vulnerable to contracting COVID-19. One thing medical and research experts can agree on, COVID-19 is here to stay.