The pandemic is officially ending today in the US. Also, I’ll give a case update.
The CDC has announced that the state of emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic is officially ending at the end of the day today, May 11, 2023. This will end all federal restrictions for travel, as well as make some regulatory changes to testing, treatments, and funding. Some things are not changing, and the list of changes is complicated. Most people have been behaving as if the pandemic is basically over in my area for many months now, and you may not notice any differences to your life.
Most scientists agree the SARS-2 virus is now endemic, and will continue to circulate. Those with natural immunity will probably not be effected by this, and new cases of COVID will be mild for most. If you are one of the few who haven’t had COVID yet, you may want to continue to take precautions, but most even high risk people I know have chosen to go back to normal life.
Case update: There are still cases around, but the numbers are low, and we haven’t had a big wave of deaths since the Omicron variant arrived in December and January of 21/22.
As I stated above, the SARS-2 virus is now endemic, and we’ll probably never be completely rid of it. But it’s significance will continue to decline as new variants continue to become less pathogenic, and the human population continues to build resistance.
I’m going to re-post my lessons from the pandemic below.