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Understanding Endemic Diseases: Will COVID-19 Ultimately Become One?
Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic which has been dragging on for over a year now, questions are being asked as to how the disease will mutate and whether it will become even more severe or simply weaken to become something akin to the seasonal flu.

In a survey conducted by Nature on over 100 immunologists and infectious disease experts working on the coronavirus in January 2021, nearly 90% thought that SARS-CoV-2 will become endemic, i.e. that it will continue to circulate in pockets of the global population for years to come.

Many questions abound as to what an endemic COVID-19 will mean for all aspects of life: work, play, travel, culture and traditions, social mores, business, the economy and political leadership.

This two-hour masterclass by the World Editors Forum’s Science in the Newsroom programme aims to help journalists and editors understand the implications of COVID-19 becoming endemic.

It will help journalists and editors confidently write and edit in-depth reports on the latest developments, explain difficult concepts, and how new diagnostic and management techniques can help in disease control and improved patient care.

It is designed to familiarise journalists with little or no formal training in science with commonly-used terms in disease reporting, illustrate the socio-political factors in the management of endemic and epidemic diseases and its implications, and how to formulate new story ideas, writing approaches and story treatments around this topic.

For more experienced science journalists, the session will also look at quality science writing and best practices through case studies.


Trainer: Boo Su-Lyn, Editor-in-Chief CodeBlue, Malaysia

Guest Speaker: Dr Gerald Kost, Professor Emeritus UC Davis, USA

Aug 4, 2021 11:00 AM in Singapore

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