WHO Has Not Changed The Covid-19 Pandemic Status to Endemic

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The World Health Organization (WHO) confirms that the Covid-19 pandemic has not shown transitioning signs to becoming endemic.

This was conveyed by the Director of the WHO Health Emergencies Programme, Michael Ryan. He said that the assumption that the Covid-19 pandemic had subsided and became endemic was wrong.

“I certainly don’t believe we have achieved anything close to an endemic situation with this virus. It [Covid-19] is not yet an endemic disease,” Ryan said, quoted from Al Jazeera, Thursday (14/4/2022).

Ryan said that the coronavirus has not entered into any seasonal or transmission pattern, and is still capable of causing a major epidemic.

He also compared Covid-19 with Tuberculosis (TB) and malaria, which are now endemic but are still the cause of death for millions of people around the world every year.

“Don’t believe that endemic means light or it doesn’t matter. It’s not at all,” he said.

Furthermore, another official at WHO, Maria Van Kerkhove, said that the Covid-19 virus still has a high level of spread, so it has the potential to cause death.

“We are still in the middle of this pandemic. We all wish it wasn’t. But we make sure we have not entered the endemic stage,” he said.

The WHO noted last week that the number of deaths from Covid-19 was the lowest since the beginning of the pandemic in 2020. However, with the death toll of more than 20,000 people, the WHO believes that vigilance against Covid-19 must not be relaxed.