Many countries no longer attach too much importance to the number of new cases
Denmark became the first country in Europe to end all regulations related to the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
Even to accelerate the economic recovery, many countries have fully opened up and are preparing to treat COVID-19 as endemic diseaseor common endemic disease.
Last February, Denmark became the first country in Europe to end all regulations related to virus SARS-CoV-2. In the view of the Danish Government and the vast majority of the Danish population, the SARS-CoV-2 virus is no longer considered a “serious threat to society”. The number of infections is still high – very high but the Danes are ready to move on. Even if the test is positive, the infected person is no longer legally obligated to self-isolate.
Following Denmark, Norway, Sweden and many European countries are also preparing to announce their exit from the COVID-19 pandemic in early April.
Hans Kluge, World Health Organization’s regional director for Europe, said: “It is logical that Europe is approaching the end of the pandemic, not the end of COVID-19 but the end of a pandemic. “.
Across the Atlantic, in a statement marking a shift in pandemic response strategy, US President Joe Biden recently announced, COVID-19 will no longer control the lives of the American people. “Thanks to the progress made over the past year, COVID-19 is no longer in control of our lives. But I would say we will continue to fight the virus as we do these diseases, because we will continue to fight the virus as we do these diseases,” he said. The virus is still mutating and spreading, we have to take precautions.”
COVID-19 will no longer control the lives of the American people.
According to Dr. Daniel McQuillen, President of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, COVID-19 is becoming an endemic disease that will always be with us. Circulating does not necessarily mean mild, but there are indications that with high levels of population immunity, the severity of COVID-19 becomes close to that of seasonal flu.
In Southeast Asia, Singapore was the first country to change its approach to COVID-19, to treat it as a “commonly endemic disease”. Instead of counting new cases, Singapore will only track the number of COVID-19 patients hospitalized or being treated in intensive care units.
Mr. Paul Tambyah – President of the Asia-Pacific Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases said: “It’s important not to record every asymptomatic case. We monitor people who are about to go severe, people who have symptoms, we put them in the right hospital and make sure they’re being watched closely.”
According to Mr. Dale Fisher – Yong Loo Lin Medical School, Singapore: “We are not trying to stop transmission anymore. So we do not put in place measures to prevent, we accept there is transmission, but we are protected by vaccination”.
Thai Ministry of Public Health plan to declare COVID-19 as an endemic disease within the next 4 months with three criteria: Number of new cases per day under 10,000 cases; The mortality rate is not higher than 0.1% of people infected with COVID-19 and more than 80% of people at high risk of COVID-19 have received 2 doses of the vaccine.
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