Virologist predicted the imminent end of the coronavirus pandemic

Virologist, director of the Center for Excellence of the Global Virological Network Konstantin Chumakov predicted the imminent end of the coronavirus pandemic. He recalled that none of the epidemics lasted more than two or three years. In this regard, the specialist suggested that COVID-19 may recede after everyone has been ill with the omicron strain. The virologist expressed this opinion on the air of Radio Russia.

Chumakov recalled that even the Spanish flu pandemic, which claimed the lives of 50 to 100 million people, ended after two and a half years. At the same time, the specialist noted that the virus itself has not gone away, but has turned into a seasonal flu. The virologist explained that since there were no vaccines at the beginning of the 20th century, the pandemic passed when everyone just got sick. “The result is herd immunity – herd immunity, as some say. Now, due to the fact that omicron has entered the scene, maybe this is just the chance that it will end quickly, ”Chumakov said.

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The expert also said that those who fell ill with “omicron” do not experience the same symptoms as patients with previous strains. The main manifestations of the new mutation, according to Chumakov, are headache, runny nose, no loss of smell, cough and irritation in the nose. At the same time, if there are no complications, the disease lasts from one to three to five days, the specialist added.

In his opinion, all the inhabitants of the planet will have to face the virus in order to defeat the pandemic. “We will all have to get sick, whether we know it or not, many will get sick without even knowing it,” the virologist concluded.

Earlier, epidemiologist, candidate of medical sciences Alexander Vygonailov said that a wave of the omicron strain of coronavirus in Russia could cause a sharp increase in the incidence. The expert explained this by the short incubation period of omicron and its high contagiousness.

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