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Endemic or Pandemic?

Discussion in 'COVID-19' started by eskirvin, Jan 14, 2022.

  1. eskirvin

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    Has anyone else been tracking the governmental shift, in the US at least, towards calling COVID endemic rather than a pandemic? I've seen many posts about vaccinations, boosters, and rules for COVID and as many of you know, I've been jumping through whatever governmental hoops Kuwait puts up to avoid affecting my livelihood. Do you think this shift will continue and finally end the frequency hopping rulesets of governments worldwide, or will the world continue to treat this as a pandemic, despite expert opinion? I've linked one such opinion below.

    https://swprs.org/professor-ehud-qimron-ministry-of-health-its-time-to-admit-failure/
     
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    There is still political gain and power to be made off of COVID. Politicians can act like they are actually doing something and earning their paychecks. I doubt it will be labeled as endemic until nearly every person of voting age has been personally touched by it and sees through their BS.
     
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    As long as a much less lethal variant of the virus like the current omicron stays the dominant one, pushing out the remains of delta in its path, and succeeds in infecting close to half the population in Europe and North America in just a few months, then the "let's call it endemic" opinion will keep gaining ground I think.
    However, as soon as there would be a different more pathogenic strain of the virus gaining substantial ground, then these voices will quickly drown out again.
    So, in my view, it's too early to make a call on the pandemic/endemic thing.
     
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