Friday, November 12, 2021

Back to Normal?

I have to admit to being of 2 minds about Covid measures now. On the one hand (the MAJOR hand), I agree with the recommendation to move one, spelled out well below in that NY Times Morning update. But on the other hand, there are still some very overworked hospitals.

See this is the problem;

  • IF we all got vaccinated, we could go back to normal
  • IF we can't have everyone vaccinated, I want to say fuck 'em. If you won't do it for yourself, or your family, or your country, fine. Just don't go to the hospital when you're sick.
  • BUT, then I see over worked hospitals, delays of other operations and an exhausted staff, many already quitting.
  • SO, I am of two minds.

Anyway, I agree with this from the times.

If not now …

Among the Covid experts I regularly talk with, Dr. Robert Wachter is one of the more cautious. He worries about “long Covid,” and he believes that many people should receive booster shots. He says that he may wear a mask in supermarkets and on airplanes for the rest of his life.

Yet Wachter — the chair of the medicine department at the University of California, San Francisco — also worries about the downsides of organizing our lives around Covid. In recent weeks, he has begun to think about when most of life’s rhythms should start returning to normal. Increasingly, he believes the answer is: Now.

This belief stems from the fact that the virus is unlikely to go away, ever. Like most viruses, it will probably keep circulating, with cases rising sometimes and falling other times. But we have the tools — vaccines, along with an emerging group of treatments — to turn it into a manageable virus, similar to the seasonal flu.

1 comment:

  1. Covid19 is never going to go away completely and we will all have to re-create our own "normal." That may include wearing masks in crowded venues and probably yearly boosters. At this point, I don't understand why unvaccinated people with Covid take priority over anyone else who comes into the hospital that needs a bed or surgery. Unvaccinated Covid patients should all be on Crisis Standard of Care protocol, the mostly likely to survive are treated first/come first served. And hospitals should no longer go to extraordinary to create more beds and work staff to death.


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