Health Products For You has been your trusted partner throughout the COVID-19 crisis. Many are now wondering how the pandemic has evolved into an endemic and what this means.
We are sure everyone has had their fill of the COVID-19 pandemic by now, but let’s be honest it will no doubt be with us for quite some time. Let’s take a look at where we are today.
With the global spread of COVID-19, the term pandemic is now a permanent fixture in everyone’s vocabulary. The question is, do we know what a pandemic is and how is it different from an endemic?
Throughout history, viruses have spread to pandemic levels. It has been two years since the World Health Organization (WHO) identified COVID-19 as a pandemic. A pandemic is an outbreak of a disease (in this case a virus) that affects a wide geographic area. In the case of the coronavirus outbreak in 2020, every continent experienced large outbreaks of this virus and the subsequent deaths that occurred. Other historic pandemics include:
As you can see, there have been numerous times throughout history that the globe has been in the grip of a pandemic. So, how does a virus such as COVID-19 evolve from a pandemic into an endemic?
The study of the distribution and determinates of health-related events such as viruses is called epidemiology. Epidemiologists often determine the levels of these viruses as they impact global populations. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) uses infection rates to measure how many people have been affected by a certain virus and how far it has spread. The CDC rates them as:
As we develop vaccines and more of the general population is vaccinated, infection numbers normally decrease, but there is a good chance that this Coronavirus may well become an endemic across the
globe. Fortunately, antiviral medication, hospital treatment, and even at-home care have evolved to be more effective in treating the virus. Health Products For You has all the covid supplies you need to manage the virus such as:
Treating COVID-19 at home is manageable if the symptoms are mild. Immediate medical attention may be necessary if oxygen saturation levels go below 92% or if symptoms such as trouble breathing, persistent chest pain/pressure, bluish lips/face, or difficulty staying awake persist. Always consult with your doctor for the best way to safely treat COVID-19.
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Kevin Cleary has been a Health Products For You contributor for many years and has a degree in marketing. His health and wellness journey has a very personal meaning and has guided him in his content writing for HPFY.
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