According to Raina MacIntyre, a Global Biosafety Professor at the University of New South Wales, COVID-19 will never become an endemic disease. Instead, it will always behave like one epidemic virus.
If Professor MacIntyre is right, Americans may suffer financially for the next many years.
“COVID will not magically turn into a malaria-like endemic infection where levels remain constant for long periods of time,” MacIntyre said. CNBC.
“It will continue to cause epidemic waves, driven by declining vaccine immunity, new variants escaping vaccine protection, unvaccinated pockets, births and migration. That is why we need an ongoing ‘vaccine-plus’ and ventilation strategy,” he continued. she and added that “there will be more varieties.”
CNBC also noted that Global Biosecurity, a group of researchers at the University of New South Wales, has said that coronavirus will continue to “show the growing and declining pattern of epidemic diseases.”
“[Covid] will never be endemic, ”the organization said. “It is an epidemic disease and will always be. It means it will find unvaccinated or undervaccinated people and spread rapidly in these groups.”
Americans need financial help
It is against this very worrying background that millions of Americans go on with their daily lives and try to make ends meet. But for many, they still are falling Map.
While Congress has approved three stimulus control since the pandemic began, Washington has recently remained silent on the issue of further control.
The Biden administration and Congress have shown greater interest in passing Build Back Better agendawhich would tackle another year with the very popular increased child tax credit. Many American parents see the tax deduction as an unofficial fourth stimulus check.
Despite the silence coming out of Washington, ordinary Americans do not keep quiet. There are currently seven signature collections in circulation, and together they have collected well over five million signatures.
Recurring $ 2,000 checks
The most popular Change.org petition was launched by Stephanie Bonin, a Denver restaurant owner.
“I urge Congress to support families with a payment of $ 2,000 for adults and a payment of $ 1,000 for children immediately, and continue regular checks during the duration of the crisis,” reads the petition, which recently exceeded its target of three mio. signatures.
“Otherwise, redundant workers, freelancers, the self-employed and workers with reduced working hours will struggle to pay their rent or put food on the table. Our country is still struggling deeply,” the petition continues.
While that may be unlikely, Americans have not given up all hope of securing a fourth stimulus check.
Ethen Kim Lieser is a science and technology editor in Washington state who has held posts at Google, The Korea Herald, Lincoln Journal Star, AsianWeek and Arirang TV. Follow or contact him at LinkedIn.