How long will COVID-19 pandemic last? Will it continue into 2022? - Kalkine Media

September 14, 2021 09:13 AM AEST | By Team Kalkine Media
Follow us on Google News:


  • We are already two years into the pandemic.
  • The pandemic has infected over 225 million people by now.
  • The pandemic is likely to continue into the next year as well.

As the world is battling its once-in-a-hundred-years deadly contagion in the form of COVID-19 pandemic, the people are eagerly awaiting its end. The question on the end of the pandemic is on the mind of many people.

But no one can give a definitive deadline on when the pandemic is going to depart for good. It could have been an easy guess in normal circumstances: the faster the vaccination drive, the faster we would see the end of the pandemic.

But then there are variables that are beyond human control and send every calculation for a toss. And when we talk about the variables, mutations play a crucial role in that. Had the virus not mutated into Delta variant across the globe, with most of the world’s population vaccinated by the year-end, we could have seen some kind of normalcy restored in the world.

The more the mutations crop up, the lesser the effectiveness of vaccines. There is clearly an inverse relationship between the two.

 That said, we will have to wait for the virus to die its natural death – like what happened in the case of Spanish Flu a century ago. But the larger question is whether it will end or not?

Flu pandemics occur when populations are naive to a virus – that is, when the masses lack immunity. And by the time a pandemic virus becomes seasonal, much of the population has attained some immunity against it. Seasonal flu still causes a significant death toll globally, claiming roughly 650,000 lives per year.

But it seems, like Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS), the ongoing pandemic has high chances of becoming an endemic – that is, it is here to stay forever. Or, at least, that is what the experts say.

“I think this virus is here to stay with us and it will evolve like influenza pandemic viruses, it will evolve to become one of the other viruses that affect us,” Dr. Mike Ryan, executive director of the World Health Organization’s Health Emergencies Program, said last week.

Bottom Line:

No one knows if the pandemic is going to dissolve away forever or end up being an endemic. Meanwhile, it is going through the peak of third wave and more and more mutations are coming out. With three-fourths of this year already spent up, it is highly likely that we will have to live with the virus in 2022 as well.


The content, including but not limited to any articles, news, quotes, information, data, text, reports, ratings, opinions, images, photos, graphics, graphs, charts, animations and video (Content) is a service of Kalkine Media Pty Ltd (Kalkine Media, we or us), ACN 629 651 672 and is available for personal and non-commercial use only. The principal purpose of the Content is to educate and inform. The Content does not contain or imply any recommendation or opinion intended to influence your financial decisions and must not be relied upon by you as such. Some of the Content on this website may be sponsored/non-sponsored, as applicable, but is NOT a solicitation or recommendation to buy, sell or hold the stocks of the company(s) or engage in any investment activity under discussion. Kalkine Media is neither licensed nor qualified to provide investment advice through this platform. Users should make their own enquiries about any investments and Kalkine Media strongly suggests the users to seek advice from a financial adviser, stockbroker or other professional (including taxation and legal advice), as necessary. Kalkine Media hereby disclaims any and all the liabilities to any user for any direct, indirect, implied, punitive, special, incidental or other consequential damages arising from any use of the Content on this website, which is provided without warranties. The views expressed in the Content by the guests, if any, are their own and do not necessarily represent the views or opinions of Kalkine Media. Some of the images/music that may be used on this website are copyright to their respective owner(s). Kalkine Media does not claim ownership of any of the pictures displayed/music used on this website unless stated otherwise. The images/music that may be used on this website are taken from various sources on the internet, including paid subscriptions or are believed to be in public domain. We have used reasonable efforts to accredit the source wherever it was indicated as or found to be necessary.

Top ASX Listed Companies

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you continue to use this site we will assume that you are happy with it. OK