What Would Happen once Everybody Received the COVID-19 Vaccine?

What Would Happen once Everybody Received the COVID-19 Vaccine
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When the vaccinations for Covid-19 were approved this past winter, I believe the entire globe took a sigh of relief - the pandemic's end was finally in sight. But it's been months, and while certain social constraints have eased, we're still in the midst of a pandemic. 

How long will it take for things to return to normal

That is all up to you. Not just you, but everyone who can receive the Covid-19 vaccine. Because it's the greatest and quickest route out of this mess. Unvaccinated people account for the vast majority of covid 19 mortality in the United States. A pandemic does not stop until the virus has spread no further.

And the vast majority of people must grow immune to slow or even stop it from spreading. Immunity can be gained through contracting an illness and surviving it, or by receiving a vaccine. In both cases, your body produces the antibodies needed to combat the infection. 

And once a large number of people have developed immunity, we have what is known as herd immunity. This protects not only those who are immune but also those who are unable to receive a vaccine or are unlikely to survive the sickness, such as infants or people with weakened immune systems. 

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This is because if a large number of people are immune, the virus has less opportunities to transmit, making it less likely that those who aren't immune will come into contact with it.

We've seen this with diseases like measles, smallpox, and polio when vaccines helped create herd immunity and either entirely eliminated the disease (polio and smallpox) or made it very rare (measles). 

The number of people who must be immune for herd immunity to work depends on the virus's contagiousness, which is determined by how many others each infected individual may infect. For example, because measles is highly contagious, herd immunity requires a large number of people to be immune - between 90 and 95 percent of the population.

Estimates for Covid-19 vary from 70 to 90% of the population, though this may change as additional infectious variations arise. These high percentages highlight the importance of vaccines, and specialists highly advise patients to acquire a Covid-19 vaccine rather than wait on infection to become immune. 

Even if you already have had Covid-19, you should still get vaccinated to boost your immunity. In fact, herd immunity for a serious infectious illness like Covid-19 has never been attained without vaccination.

The virus would continue to spread, causing unnecessary hospitalizations and deaths, changing, and becoming more difficult to control if we didn't have a vaccine. As of October2021, global immunization rates are still quite low. 

Over half of the population in several nations has gotten at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine; the United States, for example, has just surpassed this milestone. However, the majority of countries have a far smaller rate, and just 20% of individuals globally have received at least one dose.

I understand that some people are afraid of receiving the vaccine, but if it helps even a little. So, if you've already been vaccinated, THANK YOU for assisting us in bringing this epidemic under control. 

And if you haven't been vaccinated yet, please do so to help raise the numbers, limit the virus's spread - and mutations - and restore normality. But, once the globe is vaccinated, what are your plans? What do you most eagerly anticipate?

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