Covid will be more like seasonal flu once omicron passes

The omicron variant of Covid is currently Cross America and Rest of the world At record speed — but Bill Gates sees hope.

Countries can expect to see “much fewer cases” for the rest of 2022 once the current surge subsides, Gates wrote at a conference on Tuesday. Twitter Q&A Pictured with Devi Sridhar, Head of Global Public Health at the University of Edinburgh. Gates went on to say that once that happens, Covid is likely to be “more like a seasonal flu.”

Microsoft co-founder and billionaire philanthropist – outspoken public health advocate Who Weigh frequently On the Covid pandemic response – not the first make similar predictions. Some experts say the rapid spread of omicron, while certainly dangerous, could infect enough people with the so-called “Natural Immunity” Help guide the Covid pandemic into a less severe “epidemic” phase.

Gates addressed the situation in his Twitter Q&A, predicting that “omicron will create a lot of immunity, at least for next year.” Timing matters: If enough people in the country can simultaneously maintain a certain level of immunity to Covid With some degree of immunity, whether vaccine-induced or otherwise, the spread of the virus could slow down long enough to turn a pandemic into an epidemic.

Gates added that once Covid eventually becomes endemic, “we may have to vaccinate against Covid every year for a period of time” — like the annual flu shot.

The United States reported a record 1.5 million new Covid cases On Monday, a new record of hospitalizations was also released.But Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top medical adviser to President Joe Biden, predicts that the current wave of omicron cases will peak in the U.S. by the end of January. And last week, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says It expects a “dramatic drop” in the number of cases once the omicron passes.