COVID could “reset” and render the immunity the world has built obsolete, the World Health Organization has warned.
The virus has become milder in its third year of infecting people.
Omicron is now the dominant variant, causing a less severe disease – particularly in the vaccinated.
The number of hospital admissions is lower and people tend to recover from the virus at home after some time.
But the The WHO warned This condition is unresolved, with a worst case scenario being that an entirely new Covid virus emerges.
While it is hoped that cases will become stable, vaccines will continue to work and the dominant form of the virus will remain milder, experts warn curveballs could be coming.
The WHO believes governments and scientists should be prepared for the “background threat” of Covid mutating in animals and bouncing back to humans.
The “plan to end the global Covid-19 emergency in 2022” said: “This scenario would effectively be a reset with a fully vulnerable world population.
“This scenario is not specifically included as a planning scenario, but should be considered a background threat and any Covid-19 response and preparedness capacity should be understood as yielding a resilience dividend in relation to this threat.”
However, virologists have indicated that this would not pose too much of a problem as there would still be some protection against the current virus.
The report includes three possible Covid futures, ranging from best to worst scenarios.
Best of all, the prediction variants will always be milder, with immunity remaining high.
However, the worst describes a situation where a “more virulent and highly transmissible variant emerges against which vaccines are less effective and/or immunity to serious illness and death is rapidly declining, particularly in the most vulnerable groups.”
It comes as Covid is believed to have been found in 29 animals – including hamsters, bears, tigers and gorillas.
Earlier this year, scientists claimed a white-tailed deer may have passed a new mutation of the virus to humans in Canada.
Free Covid testing will be phased out across the UK from tomorrow, with England first to see the change.
It comes as Covid cases are still high, reaching record levels in some parts of the nation.
The public instead has to pay around £2 if they want to be sure whether they have the bug or not.
It’s part of Boris Johnson’s plan to ‘live with Covid’ and move the nation forward without self-isolation and restrictions.
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