The Covid pandemic is affecting us in so many ways. Should we plan vacations? How about big weddings? When will this all end?

I have been following this issue since we first learned about it. I cannot say that all my predictions have come true. The vaccine came out a month before I said it would, but I admit the surge last summer took me completely by surprise. So now I will make my latest prediction –

My New Prediction November 23, 2021
Covid is not going away. Not now, and not in our lifetime. But that does not mean that things are going to stay as they are now. What is the change that I am expecting?
Well, for one, soon we will have medicines that will help people who have it. It won’t stop people from getting it. The vaccines have been great at that. At least four companies that I know about are in their final stages of approval. By the end of 2022 all will be approved and while the case count will continue to rise and fall, the death count will fall. This will all happen in the second half of 2022. Unfortunately, while fewer people will die of it, perhaps only a small number, it will not stop the sickness that it brings. In other words, you still do not want to get this disease. It can make you very sick. You need to get vaccinated today. When you do, you are not validating one political party. You are not expressing a political opinion. You are protecting yourself. If you don’t care about yourself, think about your friends and relatives.

Since babies under age five cannot be vaccinated yet, society has been worrying about them. However, the numbers tell us otherwise. The ones at the greatest risk of death are people over age 80 – even the ones vaccinated.

Continue to Keep Calm, and Carry on
So, where does that leave you and your plans? If you are under ages 65 and vaccinated, the death rate barely makes the charts. If you travel, you will need to be tested but you don’t need to restrict your movements after the medicine is approved. So, I do not expect a change in the current situation before the second half of 2022.

Note: Any opinions are those of Robert Lankin and not necessarily those of Raymond James. Expressions of opinion are as of this date and are subject to change without notice. There is no guarantee that these statements, opinions or forecasts provided herein will prove to be correct.