Some political leaders are calling for COVID to be treated as an endemic disease, but scientists warn that talk of a pandemic endgame is premature.
Almost two years into the COVID pandemic, some countries have declared their intention to start treating COVID-19 like other endemic diseases, such as seasonal flu.
Despite witnessing relatively high infection rates amid the frenetic spread of the Omicron variant, which appears to cause less severe disease but is highly transmissible according to early studies, countries including England and Ireland have drastically loosened restrictions on public life.
Denmark has announced plans to lift all restrictions next week, as its health ministry announced that COVID “will no longer be categorised as dangerous to society.”
Official messaging from political leaders in Spain, the United Kingdom, and elsewhere has stressed that societies need to learn to live with the virus.