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How Omicron May Change How We Live With COVID

Source: Rachel Gilmore Global News, January 6, 2022

“If you would like us to reach an endemic state in another 10 or 20 years, don’t get vaccinated,” said infectious disease specialist Dr. Gerald Evans.. “If you’d like this to end in the next year or two, get vaccinated.”

The Omicron variant is causing the virus to spread fast, and experts say that could speed up the timeline for COVID-19 to shift from a major health crisis to something we live with on a regular basis.

The concept is known as “endemicity,” and it refers to a time when a circulating virus no longer has the steep waves of outbreaks that hammer hospital capacity and force society to adapt, according to doctors. Instead, an endemic virus continues to circulate through our population — but in a way we can handle, like the flu.

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