SAGE scientists: COVID-19 will be dangerous until at least 2026
British scientists, Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE ) have determined the date of the coronavirus pandemic. In their opinion, COVID-19 will be dangerous until at least 2026. They presented their findings in a statement published on the organization's official website.
“SARS-CoV-2 continues to pose a threat to the healthcare system and require active control through vaccination and data monitoring for at least the next five years “, – the statement says.
At the same time, experts emphasize that these periods may increase if measures for vaccination, epidemiological control and global containment of the spread of infection are not effective enough.
The statement also notes that for 5-10 years, it is very likely that it will be necessary to maintain herd immunity with vaccines and boosters, as well as use other measures (testing, ventilation, isolation of patients, etc.) to control the spread of the disease. >
Scientists also pointed out that in the UK, in comparison with other European countries, the situation with the incidence of COVID-19 has stabilized thanks to the vaccination of the population of the countries
Earlier, the chief infectious disease specialist of the Federal Biomedical Agency, head of the Department of Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology of the Pirogov Russian National Research Medical University, Vladimir Nikiforov, said that a new omicron strain of coronavirus recently identified in South Africa, which is easily tolerated and does not cause a severe course of the disease may be associated with the end of the pandemic. “I think maybe this is the beginning of the end of this nightmare. I would like to think that this is the first sign that the virus has begun to recede, “the infectious disease specialist noted.