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COVID-19 could end in 2022. What does the future look like after omicron?

When will COVID end? What happens when it does?

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People wear protective face masks amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Commuters wear protective face masks as they walk through a subway station in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021. Experts recently spoke with CNBC about what the future of the world will be like once the COVID-19 outbreak subsides

Andre Penner, Associated Press

The coronavirus pandemic is still ongoing, but that doesn’t mean experts have not figured out an endgame strategy for us all.

Experts recently spoke with CNBC about what the future of the world will be like once the COVID-19 outbreak subsides. Here’s a breakdown of what they said:

  • COVID-19 will become a seasonal virus that will likely lead to cough, sniffles and other small illnesses.
  • People will be advised to wear masks and stay home when they’re sick, hoping to slow the spread of other illnesses.
  • COVID-19 tests will become more available and affordable, allowing people to test easier.
  • More children will get vaccinated against COVID-19, which will pave the way for fewer cases.
  • COVID-19 boosters could be distributed every year.

Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, recently predicted when the end of the pandemic might come — specifically when there are fewer deaths per days and when hospitals aren’t stacked with patients, as I wrote for the Deseret News.

  • “We’ve gotten pretty cavalier about 1,100 deaths a day,” she said in an interview with ABC News,
  • “That’s an extraordinary amount of deaths in a single day from this disease,” Walensky said. “We can’t — I can’t — be in a position where that is OK.

She also said there will be a point down the road when there will be less need for masks.

  • “Masks are for now, they’re not forever,” Walensky told ABC News. “We have to find a way to be done with them.”