The President of Spain, Pedro Sanchez, said that it might be time to change the way you follow the evolution of the coronavirus to use a method similar to the one in gripe, because its lethality has decreased. That would involve treating the virus as a “Endemic disease”, rather than a pandemic.
In this way, each positive case would no longer be registered and tests would not be carried out on all persons with symptoms. However, that is still “a long way off,” said the WHO emergency director for Europe, Catherine Smallwood, adding that endemicity requires stable and predictable transmission, NA reported.
“We still have enormous uncertainty and a virus that evolves quite quickly, imposing new challenges. We are certainly not at the point where we can call it endemic, ”Smallwood said. “It could become endemic in due course, but pinning that down to 2022 is a bit difficult at this stage,” he added.
“We have been working on it for weeks. We have the conditions so that, with caution and little by little, we open the debate at a technical level and begin to evaluate this disease as endemic, “said Sánchez in Cadena Ser, Reuters published.
The Health portfolio has specified that the Ómicron variant continues to maintain rapid expansion globally and in Spain it is already predominant. In the last weeks, it reached percentages between 48.7 and 90.9%, while in the previous week it ranged between 22 and 79.4%, according to random samplings with PCR carried out in 13 communities.
Regarding vaccination, 90.4% of the population over 12 years of age is fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, while 92.4% have received at least one dose. To these, 1,704,493 third administered doses are added. The country accumulates a total of 7,592,242 infected by coronavirus and 90,383 deaths since the start of the pandemic.