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COVID-19 pandemic could become rampant in early spring: expert

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COVID-19 pandemic could become rampant in early spring: expert

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Based on how Omicron spreads and affects hospitalization rates, an infectious disease specialist says the COVID-19 pandemic could begin to tip towards endemic status in high-income countries in early spring.

“The Omicron push will likely drive us fully into endemicity, where our COVID death rates are low, where our hospitalizations are low. But it’s going to outrun the Omicron push,” Dr. Monica Gandhi, an infectious disease specialist at the University of California, San Francisco, told CTVNews.ca in a video interview Tuesday.

Gandhi said it is far too early to suggest there is currently a transition from pandemic to endemic – which is defined as when a disease is regularly found in particular people or in a certain area.

But she suggested the transition could begin in late February to early March, at least for high-income countries like Canada. This will strongly depend on the decline in hospitalizations.

Gandhi said the transition to endemic would still involve people wearing masks, but potentially a relaxation of mask requirements in some cases and a greater emphasis on adequate ventilation in enclosed spaces.

Watch his full breakdown in the video above.



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