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Editorial

“Yes” to Normalcy, but with a Mask

I have been confused, like many of you, regarding the issue of governmental decisions on coronavirus measures.
On the one hand, nine states in America have decided to lift measures that call for the mandatory use of masks indoors. On the other hand, the CDC advises that it is still too early to lift the measures. So what should we do?

I looked into the matter. I sought the opinion of an expert, and during my reading, I stumbled upon an article by Harvey Risch, a professor of Epidemiology at Yale University that was published in the Wall Street Journal.

“The time has come for states and the federal government to end their Covid declarations of emergency and the accompanying closures, restrictions, propaganda, distancing requirements, forced masking and vaccine mandates.
Covid may circulate at some level forever, but Americans can now protect those vulnerable to it with standard medical procedures. They can treat it as they would the flu. Emergency measures need continuous justification and there isn’t one anymore.”

Nevertheless, while it is a fact that the rate of infections is constantly decreasing, they have not been eliminated.

On the contrary, hundreds of thousands of people are still ill.

However, the symptoms of Omicron, according to all the evidence, are much milder than with Delta.

And yet, and perhaps more importantly, after almost two years of living with the coronavirus, we are tired. I am very tired.

We are ready to return to normalcy, whatever ‘normal’ is in the post-coronavirus era. I say that because it does not seem to me that everything will be the same as it was before the pandemic.

The decision to lift safeguards against the coronavirus is a very difficult one – but the time has come for the great effort to move beyond the terror, the fear of COVID.

We must still be careful. As for me, I will continue to wear a mask and maintain social distance, as much as possible.

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