Expert: COVID-19 may find a new host among animals by the end of the year

Story Coronavirus pandemic of a new type that spread from China

The SARS-CoV-2 virus may find a new “host” by the end of the year by spreading to animals, Vladislav Zhemchugov, a specialist in especially dangerous infections, an immunologist, MD, told TASS.< /p>

According to him, large-scale and rapid “seeding” of the planet with the omicron-strain of COVID-19, with a decrease in the number of deaths, it happens precisely in the interests of the virus.

“I think we will see before the New Year who will be the new” master “, among whom the virus will settle and exist as a new natural focal infection”, — noted the doctor.

He believes that “Omicron” will be the last strain within the pandemic to circulate in humans. Then it will spread to animals, but will again be able to spread among people with a decrease in their collective immunity, suggests Zhemchugov.

Also, the expert does not exclude the occurrence of the next mutation of SARS-CoV-2, which will bypass collective immunity.

Earlier, MIPT scientist Pavel Volchkov expressed the opinion that a new strain of coronavirus could appear in China if the country eases restrictions against it.

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