Epidemic To Endemic: COVID-19

Epidemic To Endemic: COVID-19

Sahana Donepudi

The COVID-19 virus is close to transitioning from epidemic to endemic status. A disease goes from epidemic to endemic when it becomes something that is no longer a public health emergency. The omicron variant seems to have helped boost immunity to those who aren’t already protected. This means that future cases are less likely than before to result in serious illness. Although this will result in a decrease of fatal cases in the future, there still will be people who will be severely impacted or die due to the virus.

Last week, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention eased its COVID guidelines for about 70 percent of the nation’s population. Healthy individuals in regions with low COVID levels can now be indoors without masks, as per the CDC’s latest regulation. The system is based primarily on the impact the coronavirus is having on local hospitals. Coconino, Maricopa, Santa Cruz and Yavapai counties currently fall into the medium range, while Arizona’s 11 other counties are in the high range.