Of course the Omicron situation isn’t good. We’ve known that for over a week. But we can “Keep Calm, Fight Om!”
From Kai Kupferschmidt, writer at Science Magazine:
The only solution to this is to realize that we are part of a community, a country, a world and that we cannot extricate ourselves from that web of interdependencies. So think things through starting at the end. And then act accordingly.
I understand the frustration at the unvaccinated. I feel it. But they are part of our community. If a lot of these people end up in hospital (plus lots of staff out sick), then healthcare is likely to collapse and that will affect you too. And your neighbour and your parents.
So giving up simply is not an option. We have to try and reach these people and we have to try and understand their fears and address them and we all have to work to build trust in each other.
But the truth is: Whatever we do now in terms of vaccinating the unvaccinated, it won’t do anything for this rapidly building wave. We are stuck with our collective (political, societal) failures and we will have to deal with it. So expect significant restrictions again.
Just remember: It may feel like 2020 all over again, but your PERSONAL RISK if you are vaccinated and boostered is a LOT lower than it was then. Omicron presents a SOCIETAL RISK because it makes up for that by infecting many more people at once.
So for many of us when we think about our own personal health and well-being the next weeks, we should concentrate more on how to stay connected to friends and family, how to stay active. So: Talk to people, prepare, do things you enjoy, make plans for the summer, for after.
Kai Kupferschmidt, Science Magazine
I would just add that we need a single payer / Medicare-For-All national health program in the United States. Insurance companies are getting in the way of good health care. We need much more resources for public health and federally qualified community health centers. We need our leaders to lead, but they will only do that if we force them to lead. There’s too much money and inertia getting in the way of change.
That’s all I have for today. If you have any comments, please feel free to leave them below! And remember, my blog is entirely free. Thanks, Phil