While Covid-19 has been part of our lives since 2021 it seems like a very long time ago that the pandemic began. Covid-19 is different from the flu or allergy. It has the highest rate of mortality.
This pandemic claimed the lives of over 6 million people worldwide, despite the best possible protection that Solutions offers. Given how dire our lives are now, it’s easy for us to wonder if this pandemic has ended.
Every day, we continue to witness thousands of -related deaths and -related infections. Is this really the end? What happens if the determination is made in writing
It’s hard to define the start and end of a pandemic
Many people waited eagerly for the pandemic’s end. Medical experts from all over the world came together to determine the conditions that had been the starting point. The pandemic was declared officially over once these conditions were gone.
It is not an easy task. Although it may sound strange, there isn’t one universal definition of a pandemic on which all countries, world leaders, and health organizations can agree. The root of the word is the Greek words Pan (meaning everyone) and Demos (meaning people). This is logical. Everyone is affected by the pandemic.
Let’s look at some commonly used definitions.
- An outbreak of disease that has a large impact on many areas (multiple countries, continents).
- A rapidly spreading epidemic affects large areas, continents, or the whole world due to a vulnerable population.
Even if everyone agreed on the definition, it is impossible for any one person, government agency, or public health organization to declare a pandemic over.
The transition between Pandemic Panic and Acceptance
A common belief is that people will act as if there were no pandemic. There are no restrictions, precautions, or behavior changes.
People will become more tolerant of recommendations and less concerned about restrictions if this is true. This gives the illusion of a pandemic ending, even though there are still many people who have been affected and more deaths worldwide.
COVID is currently in this exact situation. Many pandemics eventually become endemic. This means that although the virus is still around, its behavior is predictable. The death and number of cases do not increase.
Pandemics are when the virus becomes so severe that you cannot live without it. It can be difficult to distinguish between a pandemic and an endemic.
What can we do until Covid-19 is over?
It doesn’t matter if this pandemic has an end date. It doesn’t really matter how many people have infect or how many deaths are there.
Winter is unpredictable. It’s impossible to predict if there will an increase or decrease in deaths.
These common measures have prove effective in preventing Covid-19 from spreading.
- Stay current with Covid-19 vaccinations
- Move indoor activities outdoors.
- Protect your face in high-risk environments (e.g. Wear a well-fitted mask to protect your face from danger in high-risk situations (i.e. indoors, public transport, crowded places). This doesn’t necessarily mean you shouldn’t use masks anymore.
- Social distance is a method of keeping others at least six feet away from you while you interact with them.
- Clean high-touch surfaces such as tables, doorknobs, and switches as well as desks and phones regularly.
- Hand washing should be done every 20 seconds with antibacterial soap or liquid handwash. This is particularly important if your hands have been touched by public surfaces, sneezed or you have been in public.
- You should isolate immediately if you test positive for Covid-19 or have any symptoms that might indicate COVID-19. You should see a doctor if you have diagnose with COVID-19.
Experts, leaders, and organizations might one day come to an agreement on the definition of “Pandemic”, as well as how it should be marked. It is problematic to suggest that we have moved on from the pandemic and need policies (including financial assistance) regarding it.