117 votesMani Gandham commented
The async/await in C# is one of the best implementations of asynchronous abilities in a programming language.
This is fundamentally how it works. There is no "infestation" because the async keywords are necessary for the compiler to build the state machinery around the method call. The Task return types are necessary to pass the necessary async state information along with the actual result of the method. These are required and there's no way around it, outside of magical constructs that would only further confuse programmers.
You can stop the async keyword usage at any level too by simply using the TPL or the Task methods. Just get a task handle for an async method and .Wait() for it.