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Sun Dec 5, 2021, 02:05 PM

From pandemic to endemic: this is how we might get back to normal

First, the bad news. With unpredictable outbreaks still occurring around the world, and variants like Omicron raising questions about the virusís contagiousness, we are very much still in a pandemic.

The good news: while itís difficult to predict the exact timing, most scientists agree that the Covid-19 pandemic will end and that the virus will become endemic. That means the virus will probably never be eliminated entirely, but as more people get vaccinated and become exposed to it, infections will eventually arise at a consistently low rate, and fewer people will become severely ill. An area where vaccination and booster rates are high will probably see endemicity sooner than a region with lower rates

What does that transition look like?
In practical terms, there will be an announcement. The World Health Organization and local health agencies will officially declare the global pandemic over, a designation informed by certain biological and statistical benchmarks: the virusís contagiousness, mortality rate, and power to overwhelm hospitals, to name a few.

In some places, like the US and other wealthy nations with ready access to vaccines and antiviral treatments, endemicity could look a lot like the present: People emerging from despair, diners piling into restaurants, and vaccine cards being checked with decreasing rigor. But there could be other, more profound societal changes as well.

To understand how daily life will change if Covid-19 becomes endemic, we can turn to history for a useful (if imperfect) guide.


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Klaralven Dec 5 #1

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Sun Dec 5, 2021, 05:25 PM

1. We are there already.

Everyone will eventually get Covid 19. If not Delta, then Omicron; if not Omicron then ?

The only question is how well vaccines and therapeutics will ameliorate the disease when you get it.

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