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Covid declared a pandemic two years ago. Health experts warn it’s still not over


A coronavirus-related patient (COVID-19), is treated by medical staff at Providence Mission Hospital, Mission Viejo (California), January 25, 2022.

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LONDON — With war raging between Russia and Ukraine, the world’s battle against the coronavirus has been largely sidelined and the second anniversary of Covid-19 being declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization could easily pass us by.

Covid was, or still is, an earthquake that affected millions of lives. This caused heartache and anxiety for many who lost loved ones.

Of course, the long-lasting impact on many individuals’ mental and physical health is yet to be fully measured or appreciated, with the effects of the virus — whether it be the malingering Covid symptoms or “long Covid” many people are experiencing, or its impact on the brain and body — still being investigated by scientists.

When the WHO declared that Covid could be classified as a pandemic on March 11, 2020 we didn’t know we would have over 452,000,000 cases and 6 million deaths. Johns Hopkins University continues to track the numbers and death tolls.

It’s hard to believe that these deaths are such a large number, it is easy for people or families not to remember how devastating each one was.

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Vaccine triumph

The human costs and emotional loss caused by pandemics are immense, but it is worth celebrating all the accomplishments made during this time with lots of optimism on the day that the first preliminary clinical trial results emergedOn Nov. 9, 2020 PfizerThis indicates that Covid was created with German biotech BioNTechIn record time, Covid was defeated.

Stock markets rose, signaling that there was hope for a cure from the pandemic and the vaccine maker hailed the discovery as a “great day for science and humanity.”The announcement of the good news was followed up by similar results. Moderna, AstraZenecaOthers.

A variety of manufacturers around the globe have made millions of Covid vaccinations. Since then, those who are most fortunate received their standard, two-dose Covid immunizations as well as a booster. A Covid vaccine is not available to the poorest in the world. Experts say that this, along with other basic healthcare, should make the West ashamed.

Only 13.7% of low-income people have had at least one dose. 63.4%, or 63.4%, of the global population, has received at most one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine. There are more than 10 billion administered globally. according to Our World in DataAnother source of valuable data was the CDC during the pandemic.

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Covid remains a mystery. One of the most pressing questions is: How did it get here?

It quickly became a hot political topic in China during the Pandemic of 2019. The virus was first discovered in Wuhan late in 2019, but it has been denied by many that it is responsible for the current pandemic. A long delay resulted in an international team made up of public health specialists and scientists being allowed to enter the country. but they struggled to ascertain the origin of the virus. Although scientists have eliminated the possibility of a “lab-leak” theory, they still believe it to be a mystery.

Public health professionals are keen to emphasize that while major global economies have reopened and many countries are learning to “live with” the virus now, the pandemic remains.

It has been proven that each strain of virus we have discovered is more dangerous (but fortunately less fatal) than its predecessors.

The emergence of the omicron variant — which proved far more transmissible but less deadly, and led to a sharp peak and fall of cases around the world — caught some governments by surprise and illustrated the different levels of tolerance that leaders were willing to demonstrate toward “living with” Covid.

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Some countries, such as the U.K. were willing to wait and see how severe the variant would cause damage, while other nations, including Germany and the Netherlands who are mindful of the stress on their healthcare systems, introduced partial restrictions and lockdowns late in 2021.

While protests were raised in Europe, many others demonstrated against Covid. Virologists, epidemiologists, front-line workers and virologists treating Covid patients have found myth-spreading to be a persistent problem.

One person holds a sign during protests against mandatory coronavirus disease vaccines (COVID-19), in New York on September 27, 2021.

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It’s ‘not over’

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (Director General of WHO) stated on Thursday that while reported deaths and incidences are falling globally and several countries have relaxed restrictions, the pandemic was still far from ending.

Tedros reiterated Thursday’s WHO mantra about Covid that it “will not end anywhere until it ends everywhere” in a tweet. He said that the WHO is concerned by the fact that testing has been reduced in many countries, which “inhibits the ability of our ability to determine where and how the virus spreads and evolves.”

The government of the U.K. has decided to end all lateral flow testing on April 1. This is worrying for public health professionals who say that cases have been rising among older people due to increased socialization and the wear-off of booster jabs. However, it is not clear if booster shots may be continued to occur.