Omicron: The End of the COVID-19 Pandemic?
Amidst surges, numerous reports are saying that Omicron is potentially the end of COVID-19. Is there any truth behind this claim?
Infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, hopes that Omicron would be the variant to push COVID-19 to its “more manageable, endemic phase.”
An endemic disease is constantly present, but doesn’t affect a large number of people, such as malaria or influenza for example. It doesn’t disrupt society as much as a pandemic does.
Experts believe that since Omicron is highly transmissible, but appears to be less severe, it could mark the beginning of the pandemic’s end.
However, Dr. Fauci said it still depends on whether or not another strong variant would surface.
Experts: ‘Don’t Deliberately Contract Omicron’
It’s easy to see why some people would want to contract Omicron. One, it appears to be less severe than Delta, and it might also give you some kind of immunity against the more severe variant. Others also want to have Omicron just to “get it over with.” Omicron has become the dominant variant, after all.
But experts vehemently disagree.
Omicron may appear to be less severe, but it could still lead to hospitalization. Getting infected means adding stress to the loaded healthcare system. Also, getting COVID increases your risk of developing long-term symptoms, such as loss of smell and taste.
Finally, getting Omicron means you might spread it to others, including people with comorbidities and unvaccinated children.
Omicron has been the dominant variant in the country, based on the latest sequencing data. Countries like France and the United States also said this variant has already taken over.
Experts hope that Omicron will be the variant to push the COVID-19 pandemic to its more manageable, endemic phase. But they strongly advise people to not deliberately seek infection.
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