Will the solitary path the United States is on, insulate it from further Covid-19 pandemic-related damage? Christopher Snyder, a professor of economics at Dartmouth University, believes the answer depends largely on the eventual vaccine’s level of efficacy.

As the world experiences a global pandemic of SARS-CoV-2 – the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 – it may be instructional to look at the last major pandemic, the H1N1 influenza pandemic of 2009.

The world will inevitably face another pandemic of flu and needs to prepare for the potential devastation that could cause, and not underestimate the risks, the World Health Organization (WHO) said.

Adults who get a flu shot are 36 percent less likely to get the disease, while for children the figure was an unexpectedly high 59 percent, with U.S. health officials predicting that the “intense” season could continue for weeks.