COVID-19: Experts say pandemic getting worse, doubt vaccine effectiveness

*Millions of people have had the virus without knowing ─CDC

*We haven’t had a successful vaccine against this type of virus ever, says virologist

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

Concerned about the recent increases in cases of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic, health experts have warned that the situation will only get worse in the months ahead.

Following the 40,000 COVID-19 cases reported in the United States (US) alone Thursday, June 25, 2020, epidemiologist Larry Brilliant said: “Every epidemiologist was telling, screaming as loud as we could, that three weeks after Memorial Day, we’d have a peak in the cases, and five weeks after Memorial Day we’d begin to see a peak in hospitalisations and deaths,” reports CNN.

ConsumerConnect reports that as of Saturday, June 27, 2020, the total US confirmed cases stood at 2,554,726 with 127,599 deaths, whereas the total global cases were 9,937,000 with confirmed total global deaths put at 498,116.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) also confirms 594 new cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) making the country’s total 23,892 with 8,253 recoveries and 561 deaths respectively.

In the meantime, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says it’s very likely that millions of people have had the virus without knowing it or having the illness diagnosed.

According to health professionals, a vaccine might not help that much.

They posited that though the race is on among pharmaceutical companies to develop an effective vaccine against the Coronavirus, at least one virus specialist is voicing doubt that a vaccine based on antibodies will stop people from being infected.

Robert Lambkin-Williams, a virologist at Virology Consult Limited, in an interview with CNBC, stated that he has yet to find evidence that antibodies in patients who have recovered from the virus provide any protection against being reinfected with COVID-19.

Lambkin-Williams said: “The vaccine is not going to be a cure-all. We have not had a successful vaccine against this type of virus ever.”

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus.

“Most people who fall sick with COVID-19 will experience mild to moderate symptoms and recover without special treatment,” ConsumerConnect learnt.

The virus that causes COVID-19 is mainly transmitted through droplets generated when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or exhales.

These droplets are too heavy to hang in the air, and quickly fall on floors or surfaces.

You can be infected by breathing in the virus if you are within close proximity of someone who has COVID-19, or by touching a contaminated surface and then your eyes, nose or mouth, according to report.

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