I’m stunned at the number of people who are sick with Covid. Two years into this, it feels like it might not end.
The Wall Street Journal has a piece called “Omicron and the week America is calling in sick.” It really does feel that way.
The piece talks about hundreds of first responders in Los Angeles. Housekeeping staff in Florida. Medical lab workers in Denver. All have Covid or are in quarantine.
A shortage of tests isn’t helping either. Even if you can get tested, the lines are long.
Here we are. Again. It’s the beginning of the new year and America has Covid.
I remember when Covid started. The biggest concern was getting it. Now, it feels like everyone is going to have it.
Fortunately, we know more about Covid. We know how to treat it. We now have vaccines and boosters.
That’s good news as we talk about the spread of the omicron variant. According to Johns Hopkins University, the U.S. is averaging more than 700 thousand cases a day. Last week alone, we had almost five million cases.
It might get worse. Dr. Fauci says he wouldn’t be surprised if the U.S. starts averaging more than a million cases a day.
While omicron is fueling the spread, there are other strains to worry about. In Cyprus, researchers believe omicron has merged with delta. They are calling it “deltacron.” There’s another variant in France.
The New York Times is reporting that President Biden’s former transition team has called on the president to adopt an entirely new domestic pandemic strategy. Learn to live with Covid indefinitely. Don’t expect to beat it.
Covid fatigue has set in. I’m just over it. Tired of hearing about it. Tired of reading about it on TV. Tired of writing about it right now.
I just hope that in 2022 we get a better handle on this. Get back to living and not worrying. I realize I’m asking for a lot.