Nobody, not even scientists know when or how the virus that causes COVID-19 will ever go away. According to the article, scientists believe that we will eventually treat the virus like the common cold, or we will become immune through infections or vaccines. The problem with viruses however is that they mutate all the time. Unlike the flu, the virus is mutating for the worse, making it easier to transmit it, and by becoming more severe. The flu mutated to become less virulent, making it easier to get rid of/control, but the coronavirus is mutating in ways that make it much harder to contain. Scientists also worry about a vaccine resistant strain that could emerge at any time, making our current vaccines ineffective, and hindering our progress towards normal life.