Spain’s Prime Minister has called for officials to classify COVID-19 as an endemic disease, like the flu, and suggesting that people live with it.
According to Bloomberg, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez wishes to have a flu-like monitoring system to replace pandemic tracking.
“I believe that we have the conditions for, with precaution, slowly, opening the debate at the technical level and at the level of health professionals,” Sanchez said, “but also at the European level, to start evaluating the evolution of this disease with different parameters than we have until now.”
The idea that the virus that causes COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2, is not going away have prompted governments to rethink their strategies on how to deal with living with it.
“It’s a necessary debate; Science has given us the answer to protect ourselves,” Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said in interview yesterday with radio station Cadena Ser, adding that the virus’s lethality has been dropping since the beginning of the pandemic. “We have to evaluate the evolution of covid from pandemic to an endemic illness,” he said. Spain Calls for Debate to Consider Covid as Endemic, Like Flu
The Spanish government's plans to view Covid-19 as an "endemic disease" similar to seasonal influenza would mean infections aren’t counted so rigorously, a strategy that not all health professionals in Spain agree with as cases continue rising. Although Sánchez didn’t offer many details about these new parameters to monitor Covid-19, he did say that the exhaustive control of cases would be abandoned, and therefore also the call for testing upon the onset of any Covid-19 symptom. According to the Socialists’ leader, his government has been “working for weeks” with the country’s Centre for Health Alerts and Emergencies (CAES) to determine these new parameters and is now agreeing on the final details with the regions. – Spain’s health experts divided over whether Covid-19 should be treated like flu
This seems like good news, but something tells me that they'll be pushing at least an annual covid-flu shot or push the pills. Time will tell. These annual flu shots are dangerous.