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From Pandemic to Endemic? Plus, What’s Up with the Delta Variant?

While the world watches, the viral agent that causes COVID-19 is morphing from the driver of a pandemic to one that may become endemic in humans. This is truly one for the history books.

More than a year-and-a-half since the pandemic began, country after country has proven unable to stop the original SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19 from spreading—not to mention successive waves of its genetic variants. Reasons the virus continues to spread stretch well beyond its high transmissibility rates and infectious disease dynamics[i] to include more complex factors such as: