We cannot eradicate Covid-19, but humans can help the virus grow to be more benign.
To get there, we must enter the Transitional Phase, when Covid-19 transforms from pandemic to another common cold coronavirus. Understanding what a virus wants and how a virus views the world helps. With knowledge of existing human coronaviruses and basic viral/host interactions, we come to understand that herd protection-not herd immunity-is the goal. Immunity is not permanent from coronaviruses, and a vaccine will not be a silver bullet for the vampire that lives within our cells.
After the epidemics are over, new cases do not go away. With or without a vaccine, we must learn how to live with Covid-19 in the world. What will the next few years look like? How can you protect yourself? And how can we help Covid-19 reach its destiny-to become the common cold?
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Table of Contents
How a Virus Views the World
What Does a Virus Want?
Influenza and Pandemics
Human Coronaviruses and Pre-Existing Immunity
Reproduction Numbers and Herd Protection
The Black Box of Non-Susceptible People
Eradication is Impossible
How Epidemics Become Endemic: A History
The Transitional Phase
How to Live with covid in the World