Wait … Are We Really Done With COVID-19?

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President Joe Biden recently caused a stir during an interview when he declared that the COVID-19 pandemic is “over.”

That led to some backpedaling from the White House and attempts to explain that he really meant the worst of the global health crisis is in the past. Nevertheless, there are some encouraging statistics related to the pandemic even as cases of COVID-19 continue to spread across the U.S. and around the world.

So are you wondering what to believe? As it turns out, that depends on who you ask. Even medical experts are divided over when to make the announcement that the pandemic has ended.

University of Minnesota Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy Director Michael Osterholm outlined two schools of thought. The first relates to how the pandemic is impacting physical health while the other is more concerned with its psychological impact.

“Everyone right now is fairly focused on the psyche,” he said. “They want to move on. They’re done with the pandemic.”

It is by this metric, he reasoned, that Biden made his sweeping statement that the pandemic is over. On the other hand, there’s still plenty to worry about in terms of COVID-19’s physical toll.

Osterholm concluded: “We’ve been in this high-plains plateau for 12 weeks. I don’t know how anyone can say the pandemic is over for that reason. In addition, we don’t yet know what the next shoe to drop is.”

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