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Missouri will stop treating COVID like a pandemic

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Missouri is reportedly planning an official "end" to the COVID-19 pandemic as a public health crisis, and will transition to treating the virus as endemic, much like it does the seasonal flu. What will that mean for the state?

Missouri, like many states around the nation, is switching to an "endemic strategy" of approaching COVID-19. This will cause a big shift in how the state approaches public health, and how it reports data on the disease.

We spoke with independent science journalist and COVID-19 researcher Betsy Ladyzhets, who helped break this story for the Missouri Independent, about what this will mean for Missouri residents.

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