The pandemic’s next stage is endemic COVID, UT health expert says

Will this pandemic ever end? How much harder does the delta variant make reaching herd immunity? Might the delta surge just peter out soon? Epidemiologist Catherine Troisi, with the University of Texas School of Public Health, spoke with us Wednesday.

It depends on what you mean by “end.” Is the virus going to disappear? Probably not.

Now, viruses surprise us. But if I were a betting person, I would bet a lot of money no.

What’s probably going to happen is, it’s going to become what we call “endemic” instead of “epidemic.” “Endemic” means that it’s around but at

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