2022

"‘The pandemic is over,’ some declare. It again misses larger point of COVID-19, experts say"


The Los Angeles Times interviewed Dr. Robert Kim-Farley about how the World Health Organization decides if a pandemic has ended.

“The pandemic is over."

It’s a pronouncement we’ve heard several times in the more than 2½ years since the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic.

As California enters fall with the coronavirus very much on the decline, some are once again declaring victory. But health experts say that despite the significant progress, it’s less about turning the page than about understanding that COVID-19 remains quite unpredictable.

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