The World Health Organization or WHO says that COVID-19 is likely to become endemic. This was mentioned in a press conference last year, namely (29/12/2020).
In fact, previously in May 2020, Chair of the WHO Strategic and Technical Advisory Group on the Dangers of Infectious Diseases Professor David Heymann predicted that the corona virus will be on earth for a long time, so humans must get used to living together with the COVID-19 virus.
“It seems that the destiny of SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) is endemic, like the other four coronaviruses (which also) infect humans,” he explained at that time.
So, What is Endemic?
Quoted from Very Well Health, endemic is a disease that is always present in a certain population or area. An example of an endemic disease is malaria which occurs in most parts of Africa and South America.
Endemic diseases always appear in a group or geographic area. This disease develops from an epidemic, which was a disease and spreads to one to several populations.
Infectious disease expert Dr Pritish Tosh from the Mayo Clinic explained that endemic is a disease that occurs in several areas within a certain time span.
“In epidemiological terms, an outbreak refers to a number of cases that exceeded what was expected. A pandemic is when there is an outbreak affecting a large part of the world. We use the term endemic when there is an infection in a geographic location that is there forever,” explained Dr Pritish.
Meanwhile, quoted from the official website of the University of Puget Sound, how to prevent it endemic disease or the spread of infectious diseases is to diligently wash hands, carry out vaccinations, and stay indoors if you experience symptoms of infection.
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