As epidemiologists continue to study the coronavirus and make predictions on the future, three main possibilities have risen above the others. These different scenarios depend on how quickly the virus continues to transmit and if a vaccine or cure is developed. Emerging diseases expert Amesh Adalja of the Johns Hopkins University Center for Health Security has stated that October 2020 will look nothing like October 2019 did, but neither will October 2021. One theory is that a major wave will break over the summer, followed by small infection outbreaks over the next couple years. Another possibility is that the second wave will hit us in the fall or winter and be much worse than what we have already experienced. The third scenario is that coronavirus outbreaks and social distancing measures will become the new normal for years unless a vaccine is developed.