Are Covid-19 death rates decreasing?
According to a recent article in the Guardian, most statistics indicate that although cases of Covid-19 are rising in many parts of Europe and the United States, the number of deaths and cases of severe complications remain relatively low. For example, patients on ventilators have dropped from 3,000 at the epidemic’s peak in Britain to 70. At the same time, the number of cases in the UK have begun to rise in many areas.
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Is the Covid-19 virus becoming less deadly?
Some scientists point to the fact that most viruses become less lethal over time because they gain nothing from killing off their hosts. This could be happening with the Covid-19 virus. Other researchers disagree, saying such a process is unlikely to be happening this quickly.
An alternative suggestion is that infectious doses of the Covid-19 virus, transmitted from one person to another, may be getting smaller thanks to social distancing. Lower doses are easier for our immune systems to tackle, which may explain a drop in death rates.
When will normal life return?
The UK’s stockpile of vaccines is now one of the world’s largest. There are 6 potentially successful vaccines, but none of them are proven. They are due to be available in the Spring.
Should we be 'hoarding' these vaccines?
Should we instead be getting these vaccines out to the world? Should we be vaccinating the most vulnerable and important groups in those countries to dampen down the global pandemic? Although the UK is contributing to global distribution, there are difficult ethical dilemmas along the road ahead.