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Potential COVID-19 endemic occurring despite steep winter increases

Irvine Weekly, Jan. 19, 2022

January 19, 2022

Potential COVID-19 endemic occurring despite steep winter increases

Despite the recent rise in cases, Andrew Noymer, epidemiologist and associate professor at UC Irvine, explained that the less severe Omicron variant may be a sign of an endemic. … “One of the biggest misunderstandings with COVID-19 endemicity is that endemicity means we go back to 2019. — COVID-19 endemicity means never-ending winter cycles of COVID,” Noymer explained. “We’re going to be having this conversation next January — and hopefully next January will be milder than this January.”