Virologist Antonella Viola answered the question of a Facebook user who asked her if and when we can return to normalcy and life before the Coronavirus
Will we ever return to the “normal” life we led before the Coronavirus? Will we start going to restaurants, the gym or shopping again without a mask? Will we be able to leave without the fear of contagion? These are some of the questions that we ask ourselves every day after the spread of the Covid-19 emergency. The pandemic has profoundly changed the way we live and many fear that it will never be possible to return to the “normal” of 12 months ago. Despite the arrival of the vaccine and the start of the largest vaccination campaign in the history of mankind, fears for social life remain and generate anxiety among both children and adults. But what is the truth? Really we can never again take a plane in peace or sip coffee at the bar in the company of our friends? To clarify and try to give an answer to all these questions, we listened to the opinion of the virologist Antonella Viola. The doctor is well known on social networks where every day she shares clear, precise and verified information about the Coronavirus. Recently, the virologist responded to the letter of a follower who had asked her if and when it will be possible to return to “normal”.
Viola: “We will return to normal life after the Coronavirus”
“I find obnoxious the idea of giving up life as we knew it and I think it is wrong to send these messages. From a scientific point of view, this virus is not particularly aggressive and the main problem we have in dealing with it lies in the fact that none of us had ever encountered it before. The threat of this pandemic is mainly represented by the fact that the immune system of all of us was totally unprepared. In other words, we are all potentially attackable and hence the problems that have been in front of our eyes for almost a year. Even if the virus becomes endemic, once a large part of the population is vaccinated, we will no longer need to give up our social life. If even the virus mutates and we need to get vaccinated every year (I’m exaggerating) we will be able to do so, as we do for the flu. So let’s not be taken by despair: we need to hold on for several months, maybe a year, but when between infections and vaccinations a good part of the population will be immune, we can return to normal life that we had until a year ago.
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