Opinion | The Covid Emergency Must End
Closure and restrictions harm the economy and mental health, resolves the risk of disease, The skeptics insisted. Well, perhaps in some cases, as primary school closes – but in general a disease that has been killed At least 500,000 americans A strong effort to prevent its spread at most is justified. However: Once the older and weaker people are truly protected, the death toll decreases, and vaccines are generally available, which provides emergency measures just about everyone – business owners , College children, churches, parents, school-age children, lonely and old – will actually be worse than whatever coronovirus threat remains.
but because some The threat will probably be tolerated – perhaps through the winter, perhaps indefinitely – by pressuring anxious governments to put emergency measures in place or try to elevate them gradually, and on public health officials Similar pressure to eliminate ongoing risks.
For example, the fact that a vaccine for children may not be approved until 2022 may still cause virtual learning for schools for another semester – even if teachers can be vaccinated and Coronovirus does not appear to be more dangerous for children. Flu.
Or, the fear that a lethal or vaccine-developed version might come along could lead to a ban on restaurants, church services, or private ceremonies through the fall or winter – even if a new version is more than likely easily May be with us every year, for decades, and we can begin to be familiar right now.
Or fear of Long haul – which is Really frightening Part of this disease – can be cited as a cause until the virus is completely eradicated. But other diseases can also have chronic consequences, and still life continues around them: We do not close schools for the Epstein-Barr virus, despite links to chronic fatigue syndrome, or hope that New England State parks close all spring and Lyme disease becomes chronic due to summer.
To be clear, I can envision scenarios for the fall or winter of 2021 that include a particularly deadly version or that it is more dangerous for children, where it may be necessary to choose emergency measures again. And if we live a little longer than we need to maintain masks until the end, and in the winter months wearing more masks and moving on public transport, is hardly the greatest burden in the world.
But the danger of Biden and Fauci’s over-zealous, wait-for-Christmas public rhetoric is that it provides cover and encouragement to terrified officials to extend the entire suite of emergency measures for several unnecessary months.