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Why COVID-19 will never become endemic

/ 04:36 PM January 30, 2022
Why Covid-19 will never become endemic

The Nation/Asia News Network

BANGKOK — Renowned virologist Dr Yong Poovorawan has dismissed ideas that Covid-19 will become endemic, as predicted by health authorities in Thailand and around the world.

Posting on his Facebook page, Yong noted that the words Covid-19 and endemic were frequently being used together.

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However, he pointed out that “endemic” describes a disease that is confined to a certain area – such as Yellow Fever in Africa or MERS in the Middle East – while a pandemic describes a worldwide outbreak.

He explained that Covid-19 has spread all over the world and will not be confined to a certain area, so there is no chance it will become endemic.

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Other communicable diseases that have been controlled by vaccines, such as measles and diphtheria, are not called endemic, he added.

Instead, Covid-19 would eventually be controlled by vaccination and naturally immunity, reducing the mortality rate. At this stage, it would become a respiratory disease we live with, like seasonal flu.

Thailand and other countries will then be able to lift all restrictions being used to control the spread of Covid-19, said Yong.

Why Covid-19 will never become endemic

The Nation/Asia News Network

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