That doesn’t mean much in the age of vaccinations. Polio and bubonic plague still exist and are "with us," yet don’t warrant much thought these days. Hell, there’s a vaccine for chicken pox now, which didn’t exist when I was younger, meaning that the risks brought about with that are no longer a threat.
Once the vaccinations against COVID begin majorly, it’ll be seen as yet another flu: something that can
be deadly, but isn’t as much anymore.