“We have to learn to live with COVID-19” is a phrase we’ve been hearing all too often these days. Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin has reiterated that we need to reopen safely and to start treating COVID-19 as endemic. Our neighbour down south, Singapore, has stayed the course of reopening the economy, despite rising COVID-19 cases. Over in New Zealand, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has finally dropped their zero-COVID strategy as the Delta variant persists. But are we truly ready to treat COVID-19 as endemic? Well, ready or not, the virus is likely here to stay. Prof Dr Ooi Eng Eong from the Emerging Infectious Diseases Programme at the Duke-NUS Medical School joins consultant urologist Dr George Lee to discuss how we can prepare ourselves for this new reality.

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Produced by: Lim Sue Ann
Presented by: Tee Shiao Eek

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