3 ways to end a virus
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Viruses are wildly successful organisms. There are about 100 million times as many virus particles on Earth as there are stars in the observable universe. Even so, viruses can and do go extinct. So, what is the possibility of the virus that causes COVID-19 going extinct? Explore the three main ways viruses can be driven to extinction.
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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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