Omicron is bad. But we don’t need to resort to lockdowns.

1/10/22
 
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from The Washington Post,
1/3/22:

We are entering the third year of the pandemic with a confusing state of affairs. The United States has far surpassed the number of daily covid-19 infections compared with the previous peak last winter, yet many businesses remain open, stadiums are packed and children are headed back to school. News headlines announce that “omicron infections seem to be milder” than earlier variants, yet this could be the “worst public health challenge of our lifetimes.”

Here’s how to reconcile the seeming contradictions of where we are: The risk to individuals is low, while the risk to society is high. Policy solutions that demand substantial individual sacrifice will not work; instead, we need to acknowledge the public’s very real weariness and come up with practical strategies that keep society functioning.

As a result, it’s unreasonable to ask vaccinated people to refrain from pre-pandemic activities. After all, the individual risk to them is low, and there is a steep price to keeping students out of school, shuttering restaurants and retail shops, and stopping travel and commerce.

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