Yooper In Training
While I agree, I don't think that's anyone's long term plan. As we've talked about countless times, the hope and expectation is that this will eventually evolve into something more in line with the flu. It'll still spread, it'll still kill, but it'll be manageable for day to day life. Just like the flu. Hell, it already is compared to where we were with previous waves, but if you look at hospitalizations and death, it's still a big problem. The fear mongering is annoying no doubt. Some is warranted, some is for ratings because fear sells. The omicron variant's severity is a step in that direction of a milder manageable virus, problem is it's also become the most contagious virus of our lifetimes, so the high caseloads are enough to overwhelm hospitals even with the lower likelihood of severe disease. Between high caseloads and vaccines it'll hopefully run out of viable hosts quickly and get us closer to some level of normalcy. They're already saying number of active cases is less relevant this go round, which I agree with, but hospitalizations were already at a problematic level thanks to delta and the coming weeks are likely to be very, very ugly in that regard. A lot of people are going to die who shouldn't, but hopefully once we're past that we'll be well on our way to this being endemic. And hopefully another nasty variant doesn't come along and flip that plan on its lid.My thinking is that we as a country cannot immunize everyone every six months. We need to live with what's going on. We get sick and get better and live our lives. We cannot live in a state of panic and fear as the powers that be want us to. They, the media and government report on it multiple times a day 24/7/365 now since it all began. Living in a state of panic and fear is unhealthy for everyone.