COVID-19 virus could cause no more than common cold-like coughs within the next few years, a study suggests. The study has made predictions on mathematical models based on the current pandemic. The study indicates that changes in the virus could be driven by adaptations of human immune response
According to a study, the novel coronavirus, which is responsible for COVID-19 disease could cause no more than common cold-like coughs and sniffles within the next few years.
As per the research published in the Journal Viruses, the study has made a prediction based on mathematical models on the current pandemic on how our body’s immunity changes over time.
Fred Adler, a professor of mathematics and biological sciences at the University of Utah said, “This shows a possible future that has not yet been fully addressed.” He added, “Over the next decade, the severity of COVID-19 may decrease as populations collectively develop immunity.”
The study indicates that changes in the virus could be driven by adaptations of our immune response rather than the changes in the disease itself.
Though, the SARS-CoV-2 virus is the best known member of the coronavirus family, other seasonal coronaviruses also circulate and are less dangerous than the COVID-19 virus.
The ‘Russian flu’ pandemic, which rose in the late 19th century, might have been caused by one of such cold-causing viruses that might have once been severe. The present-day virus’s severity could also lessen over time like the Russian flu, according to scientists.
Mathematical models with evidence on the body’s immune response to COVID-19 virus were built to understand the scenario clearly. After analysing, their versions set up a situation where an increasing number of the population will become predisposed to mild disease over the long term.