One year after the COVID-19 pandemic was declared, we are still taking measures to prevent the virus’s spread. While many leaders and experts had expected an end to the pandemic in 2020, that was unfortunately not the case. Instead, the virus spread even more, taking the lives of millions of people throughout the world.
However, this new year brings some hope to the situation as the vaccines are now being distributed worldwide. Still, the question that lingers on all of our minds is this: when the pandemic will be over?
What Takes Place When A Pandemic Ends?
To better understand when the COVID-19 pandemic will be over, it’s essential to learn more about what a pandemic is and how one ends in general.
A pandemic is an epidemic that occurs throughout the world or over a large area that crosses international boundaries. It usually affects a large number of people. COVID was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization in March of 2020.
An epidemic is when there are more cases than expected of a disease inside a specific area or a particular group of people over a particular time.
Based on its definition, a pandemic would end when the virus is no longer spreading throughout the world in multiple countries. The virus is still spreading across the globe and there are even new strains being discovered in different areas. To stop the virus from spreading at its current pace, a few things need to happen first.
How to Stop a Pandemic
Here is what must happen to put an end to any type of pandemic, including COVID-19:
● A vaccine or other form of effective treatment must be developed. That is the optimal solution because we have seen vaccines end epidemics in the past, such as polio.
● The positive cases and death rates start to decline rapidly, which is also known as a medical end. In 1918, the Spanish Flu pandemic came to an end when those infected either developed immunity to the virus or died.
● People learn to live in a world where a disease is present. That is known as a social ending, when people decide they no longer want to live in fear. This is not an actual end to the disease since it has not been eliminated. In this situation, the virus could continue to spread, which would delay the medical end.
What We Can Do in the Meantime
As we wait for the number of cases to drop and the pandemic to be declared over, we must continue to take steps to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe. Living in a world where COVID is still present doesn’t mean we must remain in permanent quarantine. We can live our daily lives with a few modifications that will ensure everyone is safe.
By following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidelines for wearing a mask, hand washing, and social distancing, we can protect ourselves and others until a medical ending is declared. As more vaccines are expected to be administered within the coming months, many are hopeful that we could see an end to the pandemic in 2021.
Do You Have Questions About COVID-19?
If you are wondering what the symptoms of COVID are, how to quarantine, or where you can get a vaccine, get in touch with our experts here at Bass Urgent Care today by calling (925) 350-4044 for more information. Our medical staff is here to address any concerns you may have and answer your questions to the best of our ability.