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It’s been nearly two years since the Covid-19 pandemic entered our lives. It took weeks to get used to the idea that a tiny virus is spreading across countries and killing thousands of people globally. Half of February has passed now, and globally, everyone wonders- how the pandemic will play out in 2022?
With the spread of the Omicron variant, hopelessness was evident among people. Despite efficient vaccination, the variant spread through countries. Consecutively, most countries adapted to boosters, and fortunately, cases declined gradually.
As the Omicron peak has passed in most countries, the World Health Organisation (WHO) released a positive report on the pandemic. Let’s dive into it deeper.
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WHO’s recent report on the coronavirus pandemic
In its recent report on the pandemic, the WHO showed that the new Covid-19 cases have dropped by around 19% in the past ten days. Additionally, deaths have also become stable. During the second week of February 2022, the total number of new cases were just over 16 million, with total new deaths under 75000.
Looking at demographics, Southeast Asia saw the biggest fall among WHO's six regions, with new cases dropping by 37%. Additionally, Western Pacific is the sole region where weekly cases have risen.
Other variants like Alpha, Beta and Delta have been gradually declining, majorly Omicron is spreading across. More than 98% of cases have been Omicron affected ones.
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What does the rest of the pandemic look like?
With the Covid wave subsiding, people wonder what the rest of the pandemic looks like. So, there are few insights based upon the comments made by WHO and how the world citizens are reacting to boosters and new variants.
Looking at the pandemic trends, the WHO has said that it is probable that the acute phase of the Covid-19 pandemic may get over this year. However, this is only possible if more than 70% of the world’s population is fully vaccinated by mid-2022. This might seem easy for developed nations; thus, the real challenge is vaccinating African, Middle Eastern, and South Asian populations.
Additionally, boosters have shown substantial efficacy against new variants of Covid-19. Thus, boosters will continue to play a significant role in the pandemic. The WHO has previously made it clear that there will be new variants of Covid-19. Therefore, boosters are the best way out!
If you expect the pandemic to go away in a blink, you have misunderstood its existence. Covid-19 is likely to stay with us for long; thus, people, governments and industry runners have to make peace with it and accordingly find safer ways to bring the old normal back.
Since most of us have gotten used to living with a pandemic; thus, things may get more streamlined in 2022 concerning work, travel, and lifestyle. The facilities of home-test kits are also helping a lot of people.
Coronavirus-inflicted deaths are getting stabilised with new cases falling worldwide; this is an excellent piece of news. However, vaccinating 70% of the world population must be the foremost priority of governments globally.
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