Will the COVID-19 pandemic become endemic? André Picard
2021-09-14 from theglobeandmail.com
On July 22, Alberta Premier Jason Kenney tweeted that the province was “moving from a pandemic to an endemic state of COVID-19.”
The analysis, which led to a lifting of virtually all public-health restrictions, was dreadfully wrong. It was based on two wrong assumptions: That case numbers would remain low and, even if they did rise, severe illness and hospitalizations would not.
On July 22, Alberta recorded 106 cases; this past Friday, the daily case count had soared to 1,473. The number of hospitalizations and intensive-care admissions are ugly, too – 686 and 189, respectively – to the point where elective surgeries have been cancelled because some hospitals are overwhelmed.
Saskatchewan is, in many ways, worse than Alberta because Premier Scott Moe doesn’t even pretend to have a strategy other than denying the reality that the pandemic is still a threat.
Everyone desperately wants the pandemic to be over. It would be great to move from a pandemic state (where the coronavirus is circulating widely and sometimes out of control), to an endemic state (where the virus is circulating at a low level and under control).
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