In an interview with The Atlantic, Lipsitch pointed out how the virus will "ultimately not be containable."
He estimates that by 2021, COVID-19 will infect 40 up to 70 percent of the world's population. The article notes that despite containment measures, the problem with coronavirus is that it will still likely spread, due to how it manifests as asymptomatic with many people. Currently, only people who exhibit flu-like symptoms, transitted through China's Hubei province, or were in contact with people from Wuhan are tested for the disease.
A growing number of epidemiologists agree that it's highly likely that a "new seasonal disease" or a "fifth endemic coronavirus," will emerge. The flu season as the world knows it now could evolve into a "cold and flu and COVID-19 season."
After China (77,500 cases, 2,666 deaths), South Korea has the second-highest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases (almost 1,000 cases, 11 deaths) in the world, followed by Japan (840 cases, four deaths), Italy (272 cases, seven deaths), and Iran (95 cases, 16 deaths).