Millions of people around the world are currently asking themselves: How long will the coronavirus crisis continue? We will give you initial assessments.
Schools and daycare centers are closed. Millions of people work in the home office. Some people can no longer make money and have to fear for their existence. Public life stands still.
How long do we have to endure all this? People all over the world ask themselves these questions. The end of the Coronavirus pandemic is not yet foreseeable. Currently, there are only estimates for the duration.
Lothar Wieler, head of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI, a public health institute in Germany), estimates that it could take two years for the virus to go around the world.
A vaccination could only be given in 2021
However, we will probably not have to live that long with the current restrictions. How long these measures will take depends on various factors.
For example: do you become immune to the virus after you have survived corona disease? And: when will there be a vaccination?
Once most people have the infection behind them or are vaccinated, fewer protective measures will be needed. Then individual regulations can gradually be relaxed – depending on how the situation develops.
When does normality return?
It will still take a while until everyday life returns to normal. Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn said that it will be months rather than weeks. A frightening idea for many.
Important: Accelerating the pandemic would not make sense. On the contrary: the faster the Covid-19 wave spreads, the more human lives it will claim.
Because if too many people fall ill at the same time, the health system reaches its limits. Then many sick people could not receive the best possible treatment. More people would die.
That is why it is all the more important to adhere to the measures and rules of the federal government. And above all, if possible, stay at home.