The COVID-19 pandemic will soon reach a “long period of tranquility” in Europe.
This news comes from the World Health Organizations European director.
What is a COVID-19 ‘ceasefire’?
Dr. Hans Kluge is the director for the European content for the WHO. He said that high vaccination rates and a less severe Omicron variant could help Europe find some peace. Read more about it here.
Kluge said that, “this period of higher protection should be seen as a ‘ceasefire’ that could bring us enduring peace.”
Despite COVID-19 cases still being prevalent in Europe, there have been fewer hospitalizations. This has made the virus less of a threat.
Denmark became the first European Union country to lift its COVID-19 restrictions. This includes masking.
Norway has also relaxed their COVID-19 rules, and Sweden is lifting their domestic restrictions soon.
What does this mean for the U.S.?
Europe’s ‘ceasefire’ could be a good sign for the United States. Throughout the pandemic, the U.S. has lagged a few weeks behind European countries.
Dr. Scott Gottlieb, the former commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, thinks that the U.S. should start lifting restrictions.
Gottlieb also said, “we’re going to probably have to tolerate, and probably should, a higher level of baseline spread at the point at which we consider withdrawing some of this mitigation.”
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