New Delhi: Coronavirus has created havoc across the world as it has infected 30,395,579 and claimed lives of 950,344 people. India is currently in the second place in terms of cases at 5,214,677, while the country’s death toll soared to 84,372. Also Read - Delhi Records Over COVID 5000 Fresh Cases For Second Consecutive Day, Death Toll Mounts to 6423

The country has been reporting nearly one lakh coronavirus cases daily for the last few days. It has been said that India might overtake the United States– the worst-hit COVID country, in terms of COVID-19 cases, in the upcoming week. Also Read - Aarogya Setu App Issue: Centre to Take Action Against Officials Responsible For Info Lapses

As of now, with the world’s highest number of cases and deaths at 6,722,699 and 198,509, the US  continues to be the worst-hit country in the world by the coronavirus pandemic. Also Read - Maharashtra Extends Lockdown Till Nov 30, Shutdown to Continue in Containment Zones

When Will Pandemic End?

There are multiple and contradictory answers to this question. Earlier in May, the Chief Scientist of WHO, Soumya Swaminathan, had claimed that the novel coronavirus would be controlled in four to five years.  “I would say in a four to five-year timeframe, we could be looking at controlling this”, she told the Financial Times.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, head of the World Health Organisation (WHO), on the other hand, predicted that the world can end the coronavirus pandemic in less than two years. “We hope to finish this pandemic (in) less than two years, especially if we can pool our efforts,” he said, exuding confidence that it should be possible to tame the novel coronavirus faster than the deadly 1918 pandemic by “utilising the available tools to the maximum

Meanwhile, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has exuded confidence that the pandemic would be over by the end of 2021.

“You have to admit there’s been trillions of dollars of economic damage done and a lot of debts, but the innovation pipeline on scaling up diagnostics, on new therapeutics, on vaccines is actually quite impressive. And that makes me feel like, for the rich world, we should largely be able to end this thing by the end of 2021, and for the world at large by the end of 2022″, he said in one of the recent interviews.

When Things Will Get Back to Normal? 

Anthony Fauci, the US’ top infectious disease expert and one of the world’s most trusted voices on all things COVID-19-related believed that life can’t and won’t get back to how they were before until the transmission rate is reduced significantly. And that is possible, only when people start following the norms again and once the first vaccines start rolling out more widely.

He also made it clear that returning to normal does not mean that we will get rid of the virus.

“The only virus that we have ever eradicated in the history of the planet has been smallpox for humans. But we can get it under good enough control that it is so low that it doesn’t interfere with the kind of normal life that we want to get the economy back, to get employment back”, a leading portal quoted him saying.