UK scientists have been working diligently to provide an adequate vaccine for the virus that has us all in isolation. Efforts to contain Covid-19 in the UK could persist for another year if no vaccine is found before then.
Although testing has started on humans regarding a potential vaccination in the past few weeks, the probability of finding a viable vaccine in the near future is slim.
Despite government mandated isolations happening in all UK and London homes, the government fears that the worst is yet to come regarding the Covid-19 fallout. London has been on a strict lockdown since the end of March, and still no significant falls have begun in the number of cases seen in the city.
Immunizations have become a major part of the protection against deadly diseases. This is often referred to as herd immunity. The more of the population who is able to be vaccinated against a deadly disease, then the more protected the rest of the vulnerable population can be from the disease.
But developing and testing immunizations is expensive and there are few options for funding available. One of the major reasons that developing a vaccine is so expensive is the enormous amount of time that can go into vaccine development.
In fact, some research shows that new vaccines can take anywhere from 10-15 to be ready for use for the general public. In the mean-time, immunity will develop for Covid-19 as exposure continues, but limiting exposure is crucial to deter serious outbreaks of the illness.
Still, officials are hopeful that a breakthrough in the vaccine industry could lead to softening of the current stay at home orders.
Generous donors, such as Tej Kohli, have donated large amounts of money to the development of Covid-19 vaccinations. While this money is extremely beneficial, there is no time machine that can be built to speed up the development of this vaccine.
In the meantime, UK citizens are urged to continue to do their part to slow the spread of Covid-19 throughout the country. This includes practicing all of the guidelines sent out regarding safe practices as well as keeping up with updates through news and media outlines when necessary.
Staying inside your home unless you need to run an essential errand, such as grocery shopping or picking up medical supplies.
Washing your hands frequently and keeping your hands away from your face is an essential practice that can help to slow the spread of any virus, including Covid-19.
Until a vaccine is created, there is no way to know what the future holds when it comes to the current global crisis. On the positive side, efforts to date have significantly flattened the curve.
However, officials are concerned that loosening stay at home orders might bring about a second wave of illness. While this may be true, many citizens long for more freedom and are willing to take a chance in order to combat the other side effects of isolation.