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COVID-19 endemic? In Indiana it’s closer than you might think

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) β€” When children were able to receive COVID-19 vaccinations, Indiana was one step closer to an endemic COVID-19.

β€œIt could be endemic as early as the holiday season this year, especially toward the end of this year,” said Brian Dixon, the director of Public Health Informatics at the Regenstrief Institute in Indianapolis. “Next year we should really start treating this disease like we do everything else.”

Dixon has added together the number of Hoosiers vaccinated and the number infected with coronavirus. Allowing for some overlap, he estimates that about one in four residents is still vulnerable to SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19 infections. As the state approaches herd immunity, COVID-19 will become more seasonal, like the common cold or flu.

“We will probably continue to have it on our list of diseases we watch for every year,” he said. “It’s probably going to be a virus that needs to get a vaccine booster every one to two years instead of every six months like we have now.”

Dixon thought the World Health Organization would maintain global pandemic status until 2023 or 2024, as the vaccine is not as readily available in Africa and South America.

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