Virus specialists look at the future of COVID transmission

In the New York Times article We Study Virus Evolution. Here’s Where We Think the Coronavirus Is Going, virus evolution scientists Sarah Cobey, Jesse Bloom and Tyler Starr look at COVID-19 and its ability to morph to escape being limited by vaccines or immunity from previous COVID infections.

They conclude that “… the future (of SARS-CoV-2 aks COVID-19) may look something like the seasonal flu, where new variants cause waves of cases each year. If this happens, which we expect it will, vaccines may need to be updated regularly similar to the flu vaccines unless we develop broader variant-proof vaccines.”

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