The term "endemic" usually means that an infection is stable, not that it is less deadly or that protective measures are no longer required. With the omicron variant surging, covid-19 is unlikely to become endemic soonHealth | Analysis 13 January 2022
By Clare Wilson
Commuters in London this month
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The term “endemic” is increasingly being used by politicians in relation to covid-19. But the term has no single agreed definition and doesn’t mean that it is safe to stop restrictions, such as wearing masks and limiting social gatherings.
On Tuesday, Marco Cavaleri at the European Medicines Agency told a press briefing that “what we’re seeing is that we are moving towards the virus being more endemic”. The previous day, Spain’s prime minister, Pedro Sánchez, said European officials should reclassify covid-19 as an endemic …
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