Covid-19 and the Potential to be the "New and Deadlier Common Cold"?
Question for Chris.
The coronavirus family is one of the viridae that are causative of the common cold, which of course you are most certainly aware of.
Also, given that it is an mRNA virus, it has a high degree of mutagenic behavior.
So that said, we do not have, nor even have on the horizon, a vaccine for the common cold.
Is it possible then that Covid-19 could morph, or mutate into the “unbeatable, always with us” new fact of life ubiquitous and common pathogen, a super-cold to so to speak, that humanity has to live with going forward?
Edited for initially poor grammar.
PS. while it is not my intent to “whip up fear” I do believe that my question is a very legitimate one, and I also believe that folks here are mature enough to want to know all of the facts, good, bad, and even ugly. Thanks.
Coronavirus and the common cold:
RNA viruses and Mutagenesis:
I think it is very interesting that we have vaccines that actually work for measles, mumps, rubella, polio, small pox and others I am sure. Maybe someone more educated in these matters than I can answer this question. Many of the vaccines for those virus’ were developed many years ago. For all of the years that we have tried to develop a vaccine for the “common” cold, no one has been successful. Even the flu virus vaccine will not guarantee prevention of the flu but may only minimize symptoms. Now we have SARS, MERS, and Covid-19. Will we develop vaccines for these? Why haven’t we been successful in more recent years with more advanced technology to find vaccines for these modern virus’? Is it due to the ability of the virus’ to mutate?
Previous SARS vaccine trials in mice have not worked out as hoped. There are many threads discussing this in PP.
Fear exists to spur people to act. If you are scared, maybe you should do something to protect yourself against it?
Anyone who follows space weather will realize that mutagenesis will increase as our planetary magnetic field weakens. This is a solar phenomenon, not CO2.