Task Force Leader COVID-19 The Indonesian Doctors Association (IDI) Prof. Zubairi Djoerban said that he had no problem if the government declared it was ready to enter an endemic. However, there are several things that must be done to reach the endemic phase.
“It means we have to adapt to a new mindset: living with SARS-CoV-2. The big question is, is it too early for the transition or what will it take to get there (endemic)?” explained Prof. Zubairi through his official Twitter account @ProfesorZubairi, Wednesday (15/9/2021).
Prof Zubairi also said, ending the pandemic COVID-19 does not mean the COVID-19 virus will disappear and there will be no new cases. There are several factors that make the pandemic move to become endemic.
These factors explained by Prof. Zubairi will be different in each region in Indonesia. Moreover, there are still gaps in the health facilities and the varying uptake and availability of vaccinations.
“I think this improving situation is the right moment to prepare for the transition,” he explained.
“Yes, the condition is that there must be solid coordination of all parties and there must be no lowering of vigilance. If it is too loose, it might even become a hyperendemic, instead of leading to an endemic,” he added.
For additional information, Prof. Zubairi gave an example, the H1N1 influenza pandemic in 1918 turned into an endemic and appeared in smaller seasonal outbreaks in the following 40 years. Then, the SARS-CoV-1 outbreak that had been endemic since 2002 stopped until July 2003. However, it was discovered in 2004 in China.
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