Will COVID End In 2023?
Since the COVID-19 epidemic began in early 2020, the entire planet has undergone a great deal of transformation. Uncertainty seemed to permeate every element of daily life, and everyone’s lives appeared to be turned upside down.
Fortunately, after three years, life has begun to slowly return to what we now consider a new normal. But the fact remains that COVID continues to play a significant role in our lives. Therefore, it is reasonable to inquire: Will COVID-19 end in 2023 and when will it do so?
In this article, we’ll look at predictions made by experts for the upcoming year.
Current COVID-19 Pandemic Situation
Over 100 million COVID cases are currently confirmed in the US as of this writing, and the CDC reports:
- Average number of new COVID cases: 487,387 (per week)
- Average hospitalizations are 5,374 (per day)
- 2,952 fatal cases on average (per day)
- Currently, only 14.6% of Americans have received at least one booster dose.
We can all agree that COVID is far from over based on these stats. Even though booster immunizations are freely available, most people have opted not to have chosen not to receive them.
Furthermore, just 69% of Americans have finished their initial vaccination routine. And you’ve heard specialists say in the past that when certain people don’t get their vaccinations, the community is weakened.
Moreover, the following details should be considered:
Omicron variants are highly contagious, despite being generally less deadly; some viruses from the Omicron family have developed resistance to the currently available vaccines; many cases go unreported because infected people get tested at home or don’t get tested at all. COVID-19 variants and sub-variants can still spread and mutate among the community, affecting both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals alike.
The virus may still surprise us in 2023, as it has in the past.
Could COVID-19 Stay Within 2023?
The World Health Organization (WHO) predicted that COVID-19 will no longer be a worldwide health emergency by December 14, 2022. Why? Since the most hazardous part of it is over.
COVID-19, though, doesn’t look to be going anywhere anytime soon. In fact, it’s likely that COVID will stop being a pandemic and become endemic in 2023. In other words, like the flu, COVID has the potential to become a well-known and seasonal illness.
Potential Long-term Health Issues Remain With COVID.
Whatever stage we place COVID at, allowing it to grow unregulated or untreated can result in a variety of long-term consequences. Research into “Long COVID” and Post-COVID Conditions continues.
There is no test that can tell you whether COVID-19 is the cause of your symptoms or disease. Post-COVID illnesses are not all the same. Your doctor will review your medical history, including if you have ever been diagnosed with COVID-19 due to a positive test result, symptoms, or exposure, as well as do a physical exam.
How COVID-19 Will Spread and How to Remain Protected in 2023?
An illness is referred to as “endemic” if it persists constantly in a certain community (e.g: HIV, flu, or malaria). Even though endemics are challenging to eradicate, they are still controllable, particularly if the affected community is informed of how to avoid it.
When dealing with an endemic, the major objective is to reduce social harm by stopping the disease’s transmission. As a result, if COVID spreads widely, there will probably be seasonal measures to suppress it, like receiving your annual flu shot.
For instance, at specific times of the year, wearing a mask may be necessary in congested areas. Restrictions on quarantine may also become commonplace. In the end, remaining at home if you have COVID will prevent infection in others, much as keeping at home if you have the flu.
Covid booster doses once a year may potentially become the “new normal.” Keeping up with the continually evolving COVID variants/sub-variants may require annual vaccinations, just as flu strains.
Overall, the likelihood that COVID won’t pass away is high. However, using masks and getting vaccinated can help avoid hospitalizations and control the illness.