3 ways to end a virus
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Certain strains of the flu came to exist in this gray area of possible extinction after COVID-19 safety measures abruptly halted their spread (and potentially wiped them off the face of the Earth). The pandemic has also aptly demonstrated how different variants of a virus compete for supremacy and can cause one another’s extinction (if you’re interested in seeing the ebb and flow of different SARS-CoV-2 variants throughout the pandemic, check out the collection of infographics on CoVariants.org). Man-made vaccines, meanwhile, are arguably the most important route to virus extinction, and a universal coronavirus vaccine is top of mind for many in the scientific community. Read more here about the difficulties that lay ahead for that medical milestone.
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