Around the world, more than 5 and a half million people lost their lives to COVID.
Historically, most pandemics last up to 3 and a half years.
One of the most infamous outbreaks was the 1918 flu pandemic, which ended after about 18 months.
To get some more perspective, Newsy spoke with John Barry — a distinguished scholar at Tulane University's school of public health and tropical medicine. He's also the author of "The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History."