According tomedia reports, health experts have told us in the past few weeks that the new crown pneumonia will continue to exist. It won’t go away on its own, and people may never get rid of it, even if vaccines and effective treatments can reduce transmission, prevent complications and death. It’s not as bad as it sounds. People live with the flu for much longer than that, and new flu strains usually cause their own pandemics.
Once a drug is available to effectively fight neo-coronary pneumonia, the virus becomes another infectious disease that people try to tame.
Unfortunately, however, it will be years before this can be achieved. Even after the first vaccines are in the public eye, people will have to stay at social distance and wear masks for years to come. That’s what Canada’s chief public health officer, Dr. Theresa Tam, said this week that the vaccine is not a “silver bullet.”
At a news conference in Ottawa on Tuesday, Tam said the vaccine would not end the outbreak quickly, CBC reported.
“At this stage, we can’t focus all our attention on vaccines and hopefully it’s a silver bullet solution,” Tam said. We will certainly control this pandemic next year, but we will certainly plan for the longer term for the next two to three years, during which time the vaccine may work, but we don’t know yet. “
Doctors stressed the importance of maintaining social distance, hand hygiene and wearing masks, and made it clear that vaccines will not bring people back to normal life in the near future. It is unclear how effective the vaccine will be or how long it will last. Vaccine manufacturers still need to figure out what dose they use, whether they can prevent infection, or whether they can only prevent serious diseases. Once a vaccine passes tests and is approved by regulators, it will not be immediately effective for all.
“It’s probably not enough vaccines for people,” Tam said. So there will be priorities that we are considering. She said she agreed with Dr. Fauci. Dr. Fauci told the U.S. Congress last week that he was “cautiously optimistic” that a vaccine could be developed by the end of the year.
But Tam added that public health officials are preparing for the need for security measures in the coming years. In addition, she recommended that children over the age of 10 wear masks, adding that public health authorities in Canada will issue detailed guidelines for the re-opening of the school in September.