Explainer: Are we at risk from COVID-19 again?

As the world continues to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic, the question “Do I need to worry about COVID again?” becomes all the more pertinent. The answer, unfortunately, isn’t as straightforward as we would like it to be. While progress has been made in terms of vaccines and treatments, the reality is that COVID-19 is still a significant global issue and should not be taken lightly.

Understanding Variants of Concern

The novel coronavirus, like any other virus, mutates over time. These genetic changes sometimes lead to the emergence of new variants. Some, known as Variants of Concern, have properties that may affect the severity of the disease, the effectiveness of vaccines, or the means of transmission. The Delta variant, for example, is significantly more transmissible than earlier strains of the coronavirus and has caused a surge in cases worldwide. As long as new cases occur, there is potential for new, possibly more dangerous, variants to emerge.

The Role of Vaccination

It’s crucial to understand the role of vaccines in the fight against COVID-19. They have been proven to significantly reduce the severity of the disease and the chance of hospitalization and death. That said, while vaccines are a critical tool in controlling the spread of the virus, they are not a panacea. It is still possible for vaccinated individuals to contract the virus and spread it to others. For this reason, ongoing precautionary measures such as mask-wearing and social distancing remain essential.

The Importance of Global Immunisation Rates


Even if you are fully vaccinated, it doesn’t mean you can disregard the risk of COVID-19. Global immunization rates paint a stark picture: while some countries are making excellent progress, others remain extremely vulnerable. Until the vast majority of the global population is vaccinated, there will still be a risk of continued transmission of the virus and the emergence of new variants.

Facing the Future Responsibly

So, should we be worried about COVID-19? The answer is not to live in perpetual fear, but rather to approach the situation with care and vigilance. Continue practicing hygiene measures, follow local health guidelines, and get vaccinated when it’s your turn. It’s important to remember that the situation is fluid and guidance can change rapidly, so stay informed.

In conclusion, while we hope for the end of the pandemic, we must stay aware of the continuing presence of COVID-19. Let’s face the future responsibly and do what we can to bring an end to this global crisis.