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How and when will the pandemic end as we 'learn to live' with Covid

It has been a pretty tough start to the year for some who were forced to miss out on festive celebrations because of Covid.

However, it could be said that we are in a much better place than we were this time last year with the huge majority of Scots protected so some degree from the virus.

Coronavirus is not going to just disappear completely, but there will be a time when the pandemic does end.

We are certainly not out of the woods yet as case numbers hit record highs over Christmas and New Year with Omicron now being the dominant strain throughout Scotland despite experts saying the strain has not yet 'peaked'.

With it nearing two years since the official start of the Covid-19 pandemic, how close are we to the end?

Omicron has pushed case numbers to a dangerously high level through Scotland and the rest of the world.

Scotland recorded record numbers of the virus over the festive season.

But it may not all be bad news as Omicron could help end the pandemic due to global immunity, according to a medical expert Sir Jeremy Farrar.

Despite the strain threatening crisis across the country and around the world over the next days, weeks and months, the most likely scenarios show a much-improved outlook after this time period thanks to increased levels of immunity.

This increase of immunity is what is needed to bring an end to the pandemic as we know it today.

Omicron is more transmissible which means more of us are getting it, but also it is likely to cause less severe disease.

This means most who are infected can nurse their symptoms at home and return to normal after their period of isolation.

This, paired with high levels of vaccination, means as a whole we are now more immune.

Sir Jeremy, director of the Wellcome medical

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