Too soon to treat COVID-19 like flu, say experts
The Omicron coronavirus variant should not yet be seen as a flu-like endemic illness, the WHO has said in response to calls for such a move.
On Monday Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez mooted that it may be time to change how it tracks COVID-19's evolution to instead use a method similar to flu, because its lethality had fallen.
That would imply treating the virus as an endemic illness, rather than a pandemic, without recording every case and without testing all people presenting symptoms.
The debate comes in the wake of new data from the