We’re close to the point of a shift in the way we think about the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s time to start adjusting from living in a pandemic to living with an endemic disease. What does this mean?
Pandemic is when the infectious disease is spread across the whole world. That’s a big “Check”.
Endemic is when it is maintained at a baseline level in a geographic area. We’re heading in this direction.
What this means this SARS-Co2 family of viruses are with us for the long haul. COVID will be part of our health as the flu has been for 100 years. Like influenza, there will be waxes and wanes in severity of the particular circulating coronavirus strains. Similar to our established medical response systems to combat influenza, we need to establish ways to combat new and potentially more dangerous coronaviruses. We need to continue to improve the COVID-fighting tools in our toolbox.
Good news, bad news.
The bad news is pathogenic human coronavirus are here to stay.
The good news, however, is we have the tools, the experience, and the ability to fight back. All we need is the will to make decisions to take care of our business. We need the will to do what’s necessary to keep ourselves, our families, and our circles of people as healthy as we can.
I guess that’s the bottom line: Do what you need to do to keep yourself and your people living your best lives.
Use your available tools.
Be safe, my friends.
Do what you need to do.