COVID-19 Should Be Treated Like Flu, FDA Says

COVID-19 Should Be Treated Like Flu, FDA Says

FDA Finally Confirms What We Knew Was Coming

(UnitedVoice.com) – The writing has been on the wall for months: COVID-19 isn’t going away. In April, NIAID Director Dr. Anthony Fauci said the pandemic would likely enter the endemic (common disease) phase. On May 2, the Journal of the American Medical Association published an opinion piece written by a number of top US officials expressing the same belief.

FDA Commissioner Dr. Robert Califf and vaccine expert Dr. Peter Marks revealed they believe Americans will need to receive periodic COVID-19 vaccines. They explained the vaccine and other therapies will help reduce the spread of the virus, but it “will likely circulate globally for the foreseeable future.” Further, the doctors said the coronavirus will join other endemic “common respiratory viruses such as influenza.”

The officials’ opinion seems to contradict the narratives in 2020 and 2021. At the beginning of the pandemic, the federal government stressed the virus was not at all like the flu; are they now changing their minds? Not exactly.

COVID-19 might end up sticking around like the flu, but it’s still more contagious and has shown to be deadlier. Influenza kills between 12,000 and 52,000 people annually on average. The coronavirus killed more than 400,000 people in the US in 2021. It’s important to note the death rates for COVID-19 depend on the variant. For example, the Delta variant was extremely deadly while the Omicron variant has proven to be less so. As the officials mentioned in the article, various methods could continue to suppress those death rates.

How do you feel about the possibility of COVID-19 sticking around?

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