Endemic: Living with Covid-19

The key question—which the world hasn’t had to deal with at this scale in living memory—is how do we move on, rationally and emotionally, from a state of acute [emergency] to a state of transition to endemicity - Jeremy Farrar

Endemic: Living with Covid-19

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

The good news: while it’s 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…

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