Experts have pretty much agreed that COVID-19 is here to stay. It’s expected to become endemic, much like the common cold and the flu. A public health scholar told Fortune that COVID-19 will likely still be circulating in ten years, but it will have stopped being a public health emergency long before then.
Although no one can predict exactly what COVID-19 will look like in the future, experts are looking at seasonal coronaviruses and influenza for a benchmark. While they say cases will still be prevalent, there should no longer be large surges of people who end up in the hospital or with severe disease. And the concern over hospital capacity we are currently experiencing should be gone.
The expert told the magazine that refined vaccines will be available for all ages and could even be incorporated into routine childhood immunization schedules in the coming years. He added that antiviral treatments for mild disease will be widely available, as will at-home diagnostic tests.
The Seniors Trust is committed to improving the lives of seniors by working to improve Social Security. It wants to see Congress pass the Social Security Expansion Act. This landmark piece of legislation will provide bigger monthly Social Security benefits, establish a more realistic cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for seniors, and guarantee the long-term solvency of the Social Security program.