What does it mean for a disease to be ‘endemic’? | Live Science

In the context of a disease, the transition from “epidemic” to “endemic” means a pathogen is no longer causing outbreaks but isn’t disappearing.

You may have heard the term “endemic” used to describe diseases, often in comparison with the terms “epidemic” and “pandemic.” Many health officials say that COVID-19 is likely transitioning from pandemic to endemic status in many countries. But what does that mean?

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