This researcher says Omicron could indicate a move towards an endemic species, but that depends on mitigation efforts.
PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – History is thought to often repeat itself, and a researcher at Oregon State University says he’s seeing it happen right now, as the COVID-19 pandemic’s wave of omicron variation parallels the influenza pandemic of 1918.
OSU Associate Professor Christopher McKnight Nichols published an op-ed in the Washington Post The second highlights the consequences that cities had to pay in 1918 and 1919 when business lobbyists and public protest persuaded public officials to ditch their masks and close businesses.
Cities that adopt more conservative measures will be more successful in mitigating flu, he said.
“For historians, it’s strangely similar,” he said in an interview. “Protest, against the closing of businesses, schools, churches, the act of wearing masks, the fines, and people going to jail if they don’t wear masks.”
The main difference, he said, is the acceptance or rejection of virus prevention policies that are inconsistent with political parties.
As the world nears the two-year anniversary of the start of the pandemic, he said, fatigue has certainly affected the community. However, he said if history teaches us anything, it is that public officials need to protect the public interest.
Another parallel McKnight Nichols found between the COVID-19 pandemic and the 1918 flu pandemic was that both viruses spread easily among young healthy people. In 1918, he said the virus spread rapidly in communities with a larger military presence. It’s similar to how COVID-19 has spread among students at OSU, he said.
“These infectious diseases are airborne and we’re seeing that in colleges and universities and that’s why we’ve worked hard to stop the spread in the country,” he said. K-12.
McKnight Nichols said that based on his studies, the omicron variation could actually be an encouraging sign that the virus behind the pandemic is moving toward pandemic status, meaning COVID-19 will always be around. but its spread and rate will be predictable rather than exponential.
Studies show infections from the omicron . variant have a lower risk of hospitalization compared with other COVID-19 variants. McKnight Nichols says that could mean this form of COVID-19 is what exists here, but is still less of a threat to the population. That’s what happened with the flu of 1918, he says – it still exists, but is less deadly and deadly.
However, he added, if cities and states fail to try to limit the spread of the virus that could lead to an even more dangerous rise before we reach endemic status.
“This can get a lot worse before it gets better,” he said.
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