Do you have a link?
My wife, mother, and I all wear our masks still (mostly due to my insistence, probably). I still see masks down here in a pretty red part of Texas, which feels good. But for the most part, it's looking like most people are back to normal.
It's very weird. I'll get my 4th dose when it's time (and my wife asked me about getting her 3rd), but I'm genuinely curious how the more cautious among us get back to normal when it's time. When it's officially an endemic, will we still mask? When the deaths stop? When cases drop enough? Or will we still do it, either seasonally or all year?
I don't know how to feel about that. Obviously, I would like to get back to normal at some point, but I also want to do the responsible thing for my family and myself.
I think endemic is considered when there is no spike over the normal. Unfortunately, we are setting a new baseline for what's normal but that maybe we haven't established the new baseline just yet.
With omicron, at least in the U.S. the IFR (death rate) was fairly low and comparable to the flu but spread so much more abudundantly. Really unprecedented. Probably 2m cases a day at times (even if only 1m were captured).
Public health officials should IMO stressing ventilation (HEPA filteration systems, you can build yourself for 50 bucks with a box fan, ductate and filters) or even purchase floor units of varying sizes. They should actually do a good job of explaining what masks work, and of the ones that do, how well. We have a video of biden and cdc officials promoting masking with surgical masks (and doctors and medical staff wearing them quite a bit). No wonder people are confused.
We should be educating the public on antivirals, monoclonals, early invention/treatement and rapid tests. I bet at least half of the people who died from covid/complications would have lived with these early interventions. Maybe as much as 75 percent. The Biden White House treated the vaccine as a magic bullet, that could stop transmission and eliminate severe cases. It didn't stop tranmission. It greatly reduced severe cases.
The problem is we have so much institutional mistrust, we have people who think the vaccine side effects are horrible but covid is nothing, and at the end of the day this is an experimental vaccine with a lack of transparency (won't get into that), and so there was always gonna be some hestitancy. And there was way more than they expected because to some degree, their world is their own bubble, and they don't always understand some of america outside of it. The america that doesn't trust institutions or trusts putting it all in god's hands, even though I am pretty sure god didn't want any of the 1m americans to die (and potentially 18m across the world in some estimates).
The new normal has to be educating the public on the virus, on long covid, on the tools we have in our arsnel (it's not just vaccines!) and empowering people to make individual choices while also implementing measures when necessary to assist the most vunerable populations. Institutions and leaders need to not bend the truth (avoid the noble lie or telling part of the truth) because there's been too much of that from the get go and it has created even more distrust as the public has latched onto these things.
As of now heart disease and cancer combined kill about 2-3x more americans than covid per year. Not sure numbers in canada. We now have another major cause of death to contend with. So it sucks because the older everyone grows, the less the immune system is in shape, it becomes more of a threat. Just a bout with it can age the immune system. People need to do what they can to avoid obesity, diabetes, etc and the governments should be supporting that and including that in the messaging. Hopefully more money goes into medical funding and hopefully there are more breakthroughs in medical technology because of this.
We need to try to come back better out of this but in the short term we have to manage this as best we can, understandingly some people are more risk averse folks, some people just want to live their life and not be fearful about it, we have put our hospital workers through a god awful time and we have various ways of trying to let people live their life while reducing death and severe cases if we don't become political or irresponsible about it.