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Facing Three Fundamental Fears About the Coronavirus

A primer on the most essential, but often misunderstood, aspects of Covid-19

1. Since immunity to the novel coronavirus may not last long, doesn’t the virus need to be eradicated in order for the pandemic to end?

2. Because the novel coronavirus is so much more deadly and harmful than the other four endemic coronaviruses, won’t society have a huge problem if it becomes endemic?

3. If herd immunity is the only foreseeable way the pandemic will end, don’t we need a vaccine in order for this to happen?



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Bo Stapler, MD

Health & science writer on Elemental & other pubs. Hospitalist physician in internal medicine & pediatrics. Interpreter of medical jargon.