Although several health authorities and governments have terminated the pandemic or they assure that their end is closer than ever, specialists from various areas have some points to contrast or at least qualify these affirmations.
In this text we compile the points of view of a economistan expert in education and a scholar in Health about the moment in which humanity finds itself facing the crisis that caused for more than two years the disease of the Covid-19.
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For Lisa Miller, assistant professor of epidemiology at the Anschutz Medical Campus of the University of Coloradonot everything is simple:
“President Biden has answered the question of whether the pandemic has ended with a clear ‘yes’, but this is not a black and white issue.
It is true that, thanks to the immunity widespread of the vaccines and infections, countries like the United States are already in a very different place than they were even a year ago. But how epidemiologistI believe that the continued occurrence of between 350 and 400 deaths per day in the country and hundreds of deaths per week in other countries of the world still constitutes a pandemic.
I understand the need that Biden faces as a public figure to try to succinctly indicate where the country is and to provide some hope and reassurance, but the experts in public health are still in a situation where no one can predict how the world will mutate and evolve. virus. These mutations can make the virus be less dangerous, but it is also possible that the next variant is more damaging.
At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter what you call the current situation: the COVID-19 it still represents a significant and continuing risk to the world. Pandemic or not, it is important to continue investing in the development of vaccines and strengthen the preparedness of public health and medical systems.
As the COVID-19the risk is that decision makers lose sight of these important goals.”
The economy: return to a new normal?
For his part, William Hauk, associate professor of economics at the University of South Carolinaensures that as a specialist you can talk about the impact of the pandemic in the economy and its lingering effects:
“The good news is that the worst of the impact of the pandemic in the economy ended some time ago. After hitting a postwar high of 14.7 percent in April 2020 as the ravages of the pandemic were taking their toll, the unemployment rate has remained at or below 4 percent through 2022.
Although the working market has largely recovered, there are still economic ripples from the pandemic that the United States will feel for some time.
There are still supply chain difficulties in some key areas, such as computer chips. While we might have expected stronger recoveries in this area, geopolitical issues such as the war in Ukraine continue to cause problems.
Finally, many people may be reassessing their work-life balance as a result of the pandemic. Aggregate workforce figures suggest the “Great Resignation” could be more of a job reshuffling. However, the rise of “silent resignation”—the phenomenon of employees limiting their productivity and not going “beyond it”—may lead many to conclude that workers are not as intrinsically motivated by their jobs as they once were. of Covid.
So while the “pandemic” phase of Covid-19 may be over for the economy, the rise of a new normal could be seen as the beginning of an “endemic” effect. That is, we are no longer in an emergency situation, but the “normal” to which we are returning may differ in many respects from the world before the covid”.
The pandemic exacerbated the gaps
Finally, Wayne Au, who is a professor of education at the University of Washington, says that while it is true that public schools may have largely returned to “normal” operations in terms of not using face maskreturning to using high-stakes tests to measure teaching and learning, and in-person attendance policies, schools are not done with pandemic:
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“Traumas induced by pandemic that many students have faced at home, through the deaths of friends and family, the impact of covid In the long run, isolation and anxiety caused by parental job insecurity and unequal access to education medical carelive inside them as they attend classes today.
The gaps in educational outcomes at this time are the same as before the pandemic and they appear at the intersection of race, class, and immigration. In the same way that the pandemic has exacerbated socioeconomic inequalities in general, it has also widened existing educational inequalities.
These issues have been intensified by the pandemic and may affect students, predominantly from low-income backgrounds, for years to come.