Coronavirus: Is COVID-19 turning into an endemic in India? What does it mean?

World Health Organisation (WHO)’s chief scientist, Dr Soumya Vishwanathan recently commented on the spread of COVID-19 in India, adding that while the virus is showing exponential growth rates across the world, India, which saw the worst outbreak during the second wave may not continue to witness serious waves and spurts of outbreaks in the coming future, terming COVID-19 to be possibly becoming endemic in India.

While several experts have pinpointed that India’s large population, geographically diverse climate and pre-established immunity may lead to a differed timeline of COVID-19 peaking in the country, or a possibility of different regions witnessing different severity with the outbreaks, the rather low levels of transmission may actually mean that coronavirus pandemic, is indeed turning into an endemic. A statement reads:

“As far as India is concerned that seems to be what is happening and because of the size of India and heterogeneity of population and immunity status in different parts of the country in different pockets, it is very very feasible that the situation may continue like this with ups and downs in different parts of the country, particularly where there are more susceptible population, so those groups who were perhaps less affected by first and second waves or those areas with low levels of vaccine coverage we could see peaks and troughs for the next several months”

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