“Influenza will never become endemic. It’s an epidemic virus. It comes back in waves every year.
“SARS2 will never become endemic. It’s an epidemic virus. It comes back in waves every year (sometimes twice a year).
“THIS is what epidemic covid looks like. This is it.”
“To figure out if we have reached endemicity with a disease, we have to answer the question: Can our society function if current moment became status quo?
“The surge of cases leading to worker shortages and still overwhelmed hospitals tells us for COVID, the answer currently is NO.“
“I don’t know who needs to hear this, but ‘endemic’ means a stable baseline rate of disease.
“It doesn't mean record hospitalizations, cancelled cancer surgeries, school closures due to sick teachers, and the military staffing ERs and ICUs.
“We'll get there, but this AIN'T it.”