We will just have to learn to live with Covid-19 risk
by Mary Foran
By the end of March, most mask mandates in US States will be dropped, in spite of recommendations from the Center for Disease Control, which still advocates the use of masks in schools and public settings.
Most American citizens want to return to normalcy after two years of fighting the Covid-19 pandemic and many people ignore the mask mandates which are still in place.
Booster shots are still being pushed for those with high-risk of contracting Covid-19 or with underlying conditions.
For many, a mask will become optional in the fight against this dread disease.
Studies have shown that the mask does little to reduce the chance of catching Covid-19 or its variants. But since it was an all-out war, all means were put into effect to diminish the risk of infection.
Social distancing was tried with a six-foot spread between people in public, but that didn’t seem to work either.
Then experts began to say that we would just have to learn to live with Covid-19 risk.
The Omicron variant seemed to have milder effects and people recovered more rapidly. And once infected, immunity to the disease went up.
Many European countries have lifted Covid-19 restrictions, including masks, to confront changing statistics.
The pandemic isn’t over, but our response to it has certainly changed.
We have to remember that there are still fatalities involved.
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