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Who says, “it is too soon to treat COVID-19 as flu”

Who says, “it is too soon to treat COVID-19 as flu.” 

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Omicron variant COVID-19 could infect more Europeans than half. Still, it shouldn’t be considered the endemic flu.

Hans Kluge, WHO Europe director, stated that Europe had more than 7,000,000 newly reported cases in the first week of 2022. This is more than doubled over two weeks.

Kluge spoke of a University of Washington research center.

Kluge stated that cases of the more contagious variant had been reported in fifty of 53 countries in Europe or central Asia.

However, evidence is mounting that Omicron may be affecting the upper respiratory tract more than the lungs. This causes milder symptoms than with previous Omicron variants.

Pedro Sanchez, the Spanish Prime Minister, suggested Monday that it might be time to switch to a similar method to track COVID-19’s evolution. This is because its lethality had fallen. 

This would mean that the virus is treated as an endemic disease and not a pandemic.

However, that is still “a long way off,” Catherine Smallwood, WHO’s a senior emergency officer in Europe, stated at the briefing. She added that endemicity requires stable and predictable transmission.

“There is still a lot of uncertainty, and the virus is constantly evolving. This creates new challenges. Smallwood stated that we are not yet at the point where it is endemic.

“It could become endemic in the future, but it is difficult to pin that down to 2022 at this stage.”

 

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