What could be the possible outcomes of the COVID-19 pandemic?

Juan Abrales 10th

On the present day, people are desperately waiting for a cure that ends the dire COVID-19, but what if there was a treatment that could be developed faster in order to prevent any more deaths? Would everything go back to normal or will our lives be the same?

While some scientists are rushing and scrambling over to find a cure in the form of a vaccine and layoff the virus, mainly in China, some others estimate that just millions of cures might be ready in about 12 or 18 months, and that is in one of the best-case scenarios. At the moment, the cure is shabby, and needs to be worked on in order to be effective and spread all throughout the world. 

However, according to The New York Times, a nice number of 69 drugs have identified to be possible treatment against the lethal virus. Treatment does not necessarily mean you won’t ever get the virus, but that you will be less likely to get it, with an even more trifling chance of dying because of it.

With a treatment of such quality, governments all throughout the world will start slowly re-opening their countries to their residents and visitors in a very agitated way. But even with such a quick way to find an effective solution to the problem, people probably will not exit their homes as usual until a cure is found, but jobs and schools will start to re-open, with quarantines ending sooner or later.

Therefore, it can basically be stated that some aspects of what was once our lives will come back because of the treatment; but other aspects from the quarantine will stay, since there still are risks and worries from people.

But now, what if a cure is never found? It would not be the first time it happened. Well, since we have gone through this before, then finding a solution to the problem is not hard: we will just have to get used to taking precautions and learning how to identify the virus in order to avoid it. And if a treatment that helps avoid death and contagion is found, then we will have even less to worry about regarding global health.

Still, according to CNN, outbreaks may still occur every year, which means that quarantines could also become a part of our lives just as other common diseases such as flu are. The chance that a cure is never found is low anyway, since unlike malaria and HIV, it does not mutate at a fast rate.

It all boils down to how these could be possible outcomes of the lethal virus: finding a cure fast enough; develop a treatment while the cure is being found; or a cure that will never be found, making us learn to how to live with it. All of these would eventually create a new type of life the world would get used to. But in the end, we can be reassured that this pandemic definitely won’t end the world.


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