The real goal now: New variants may delay return to normal

Am beginning to think the conspiracy theorists know more than public health epidemiology “experts” – has this been the goal all along?

Mutations may delay a return to normal as faster-spreading strains could make people sicker or render vaccines less effective

New Coronavirus Variants Complicate the Battle Against the Pandemic – WSJ

A biologist tells me that for virus mutations to survive, this favors mutations that are less lethal. A viral mutation that kills its host is not going to survive for long. A viral mutation that spread easily but is less virulent will survive longer. Just how selection works. Consequently, many viruses follow this pattern and fade to less virulent forms over time.

Or so I am told. Remember, I am an idiot that knows nothing about health care. I make observations and ask very stupid questions. I do not make predictions.