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Omicron could burn through the U.S. — and potentially hasten the Covid pandemic's end, says expert

Some researchers say omicron could hasten Covid's transition from pandemic to endemic, albeit with large numbers of illnesses and potential deaths along the way. Here's how.

Some researchers say omicron could hasten Covid’s transition from pandemic to endemic, albeit with large numbers of illnesses and potential deaths along the way. Here’s how.

Summary

  • Now, some researchers say omicron could actually hasten the virus’ transition from pandemic to endemic, albeit with large numbers of illnesses and potential deaths along the way.
  • Omicron is highly contagious, but its influence on hospitalizations and deaths is yet unconfirmed by researchers.
  • That means the pandemic’s future timeline is highly uncertain, even as experts broadly agree that Covid will eventually become an endemic and potentially seasonal disease.
  • Dr. Timothy Brewer, a professor of medicine in the division of infectious diseases at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, is one of those experts: Covid isn’t ever going to disappear completely, he says.
  • “There will be periods when there will be more cases and [fewer] cases, just like it occurs with influenza every year.”