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COVID-19’s probably a ‘forever virus’

We must ‘gird ourselves for the long-term struggle’ but severity may lessen over time, expert says

By , Daily Memphian Updated: August 23, 2021 4:00 AM CT | Published: August 23, 2021 4:00 AM CT

The 1918 influenza pandemic killed tens of millions worldwide, but 30 to 40 years later, it had evolved into a much less serious disease. COVID-19 will likely follow a similar path — never going away, but becoming less deadly over time.

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Don Wade

Don Wade

Don Wade has been a Memphis journalist since 1998 and he has won awards for both his sports and news/feature writing. He is originally from Kansas City and is married with three sons.


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