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'How long should individuals organize lives around fear of COVID?'

- THE BLAZE - PAUL SACCA - NOV 12, 2021 -

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People desperately want to know, "When will the pandemic end?" For months there has been debate on when society should attempt to return to a version of the pre-pandemic normalcy. Months ago, life returned to somewhat normal in many Republican-governed states after restrictions were lifted, yet there are still mask mandates in several Democratic-controlled states.

In Friday's edition of the New York Times' "The Morning" newsletter, the "paper of record" asked, "Is it time to start moving back to normalcy?"

Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times columnist David Leonhardt admitted that COVID-19 restrictions have had a negative effect on society: "Remote school has been a failure. Remote office work hampers collaboration. Social isolation causes mental-health problems."

Leonhardt notes that a "society permanently dominated by Covid" is "jarring."

"Eventually, the costs of organizing our lives around the virus will exceed the benefits," he writes in the left-leaning outlet. "In some cases, we may have already reached that point."

Leonhardt ponders, "For how long should individuals organize their own lives around a fear of COVID?" To answer this question, Leonhardt drew on the expertise of Dr. Robert Wachter – professor and chair of the department of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. Wachter is saying that "now" is the time to return to normalcy.


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