According to Anthony Fauci the Chief Medical Advisor to the President of the United States, the Omicron variant of Covid-19 is perhaps not as mild as we all hoped. Sure, Omicron is a bit less deadly but more contagious.
Fauci says the end of the pandemic is not clearly in sight. Right now, the FDA has approved an oral antiviral for Covid-19. The best way to protect ourselves is still with vaccination.
We all hope the sun was setting on the Covid-19 pandemic, and perhaps it will soon. But Fauci’s warning gave me pause to reflect on all that has changed over the couple of years since this all kicked off.
A lot of us work from home now. Those at home feel disconnected; companies looked for “team building games on zoom” to try and solve the problem.
On the other hand, the essential worker’s compensation and day-to-day lives stayed mostly unchanged, apart from being harder and worse in nearly every way. Single parents looked for childcare options because essential these days means not from home.
This transition period has lasted so long; normal will be an adjustment. TikTok surpassed Google as the most-visited website as SEO company’s hemorrhaged money when marketing budgets for most companies dropped. Many s restaurants closed, hotels cut staff, but pizza delivery thrived.
Elective medical procedures like chemo were paused, and healthcare workers got pushed as if they were in a war zone for nearly 24 months. We’ve tried to stay healthy, we’ve been attempting to stay sane, and we will have to do so a little longer.
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