The United States is unlikely to reach herd immunity as more contagious COVID-19 variants spread and many Americans remain reluctant to get vaccinated, experts now believe.
Instead, the virus — which has killed more than 577,000 nationwide — will only become more manageable, scientists said.
“The virus is unlikely to go away,” Rustom Antia, an evolutionary biologist at Emory University in Atlanta, told the New York Times.
“But we want to do all we can to check that it’s likely to become a mild infection.”
Currently, just under half of Americans have received one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, and about a third are fully vaccinated, according to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“Eradication is, I think, impossible at this stage,” Dr. Bary Pradelsk, a French economist told The Times.
“But you want local elimination,” he said.
Experts said that COVID-19 will not go away, but only become more manageable.ZUMAPRESS.com
Earlier in the pandemic, scientists had estimated