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David Fickling

What the Coronavirus End Game Will Look Like

The disease will eventually settle down as an endemic nuisance rather than a terror. In the meantime, it will change us.

Doctors will get better at treating the virus when hospitals aren’t so overwhelmed.

Doctors will get better at treating the virus when hospitals aren’t so overwhelmed.

Photographer: HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP/Getty Images

Pandemics come and pandemics go.

In the grip of a new infection spreading around a planet with no natural immunity, it can feel like the sky is falling. Over the coming months, it’s likely that a significant share of the world’s population will experience some of the dread of the Covid-19 coronavirus that people in China have suffered over the past few months. Many will die.