Spain is calling for Covid-19 to be treated as an endemic disease, like the flu, becoming the first major European nation to suggest that people live with it.
As the idea gains traction, it could prompt a re-evaluation of government strategies on dealing with the virus.
It was the Omicron variant’s lower hospitalization and death rates, despite record infections that prompted Spain to suggest moving beyond restrictions onto a normal life.
In places like France, Germany, Italy and Romania – all of which are recording the highest average daily case levels of the entire pandemic – it might be too early for such talk.
Also, the World Health Organization said Tuesday that at the current clip, more than half of the people in Europe are on track to contract the Omicron variant in the next two months.
But as governments work on keeping schools open and economies functioning as normally as possible, lower hospitalizations may prompt a review of strategies.
If European countries manage to relax restrictions in the coming weeks, last year’s experiences will remain a cautionary tale. Denmark removed all Covid restrictions last fall, while the Netherlands dropped all masking requirements. Both countries currently have some of Europe’s highest case rates and have reimposed restrictions.
Sources: BusinessTech, NDTV
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