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Top health expert predicts coronavirus will change from ‘pandemic’ to ‘endemic’ | TheHill – The Hill

Posted: August 15, 2021 at 1:47 am


Former Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb predicted Friday that COVID-19 will likely transition to an endemic disease following the peak of the delta wave.

An endemic is a disease outbreak in a particular region that is present in a community at all times but in relatively low frequency, such as the common cold.

Were transitioning from this being a pandemic to being more of an endemic virus, at least here in the United States and probably other western markets. Theres still going to be a pandemic in a lot of parts of the world where you dont have high vaccination rates, Gottlieb told CNBCs Squawk Box on Friday morning.

Its not a binary point in time, but I think after we get through this delta wave this is going to become more of an endemic illness where you just see sort of a persistent infection through the winter ... but not at the levels were experiencing right now, Gottlieb told CNBC.

"We are transitioning from this being a pandemic to being more of an endemic virus at least here in the United States," says @ScottGottliebMD. "It's not a binary point in time, but I think after we get through this delta wave this is going to become more of an endemic illness." pic.twitter.com/lDVl2NofNm

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Gottlieb said the U.S. may hit the other side of the delta outbreak sometime in November, and he expects there wont be a large spike in cases following the recent wave.

He said the recent approval for booster shots by the FDA will likely help the U.S. transition to the endemic phase of the coronavirus outbreak.

The top health experts prediction comes as the U.S. is again averaging more than 100,000 new COVID-19 cases each day due to the highly contagious delta variant.

The current seven-day average for new hospitalizations also increased nearly 30 percent from the week prior, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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