> The virus is going to mutate if it hasn't already
> done so- then we are back to square one.
> It is not in the virus' best interest to kill its
> host - so many viruses mutate to become less
> lethal (as syphilis did, originally a killer over
> a few days it changed to something which offered
> its hosts a much longer life).
> So a mutating virus isn't necessarily a bad thing.
> Actually, the version which is asymptomatic to its
> host is ideal, in terms of spread and ubiquity.
> It is also worth noting that it is most unlikely
> that this virus will ever be wholly eradicated -
> its close cousins, those coronaviruses which carry
> the common cold, certainly haven't. Covid-20 may
> already be out there, and Covid-21 and Covid-22
> lurking to make their New Year appearances.
> It may be up to the old and vulnerable to protect
> themselves from the young - stressing to those in
> multi-generational households the risks they
> present and even (where they can) social
> distancing from them. Despite 'bolshie teenager'
> images I believe the young will respond better to
> 'encouragement' from within their own families
> than heavy handed government moralising,
> sloganising or police enforcement.
Syphilis is a bacterium (not a virus) and only the less virulent strains got passed on because people infected with the virulent strains were covered in sores, they smelled, and they were physically disabled....hardly attractive to sexual partners.
Most virus (any virus) carriers and spreaders are infectious before they know they are sick anyway so everyone needs to take precautions.
I was in a large shopping centre today- signs up everywhere to wear a mask or face covering and about 30% were NOT wearing them or had them on under the chin
or not covering the nose. The vast majority were under 35 as myself and my companions noted.