A Quick Opinion: Another interesting year comes to a close

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A Winters Express opinion column

By Charley Wallace
Publisher Emeritus

Jean-Baptiste wrote “The more things change the more they stay the same.” He wrote that about 150 years ago, but it could have been written yesterday. We got our hopes up that 2021 would be the last year of the pandemic, but now the experts are telling us that COVID will probably we with us forever. We should remember that the Spanish flu from 1918 is still around, as is the AIDS virus.

The first line of defense against preventable diseases is to get vaccinated. Children now get 16 vaccines by the time they are 18 years old. Writing from experience, the shots don’t stop once you hit 18. There are shots for shingles, Tdap boosters, pneumonia and an annual flu shot that will now include a COVID booster.

What if we all just decide that the COVID-19 virus pandemic is over? Could we claim victory and get on with our lives? The new variant, omicron, seems to be more like the flu than a killer SARS virus and maybe it is time we start treating COVID-19 like the flu. Especially now that Pfizer has antiviral pills that you can take once you catch COVID that lowers your chance of dying and will keep most out of the hospital altogether.

I am afraid that the new Pfizer pills will be another reason for people to not get vaccinated, but maybe that is what we need to end this pandemic. Let those that aren’t vaccinated get the virus, take the pills and get natural immunity. With the way this omicron variant is spreading it might only take a few months before everyone either has COVID or takes that long sleep.

I read that the death rate for those under 30 that are fully vaccinated is zero. I also read that colleges are demanding that every student must be fully vaccinated and get a booster shot to start the next semester. If the death rate is zero, why insist that they get a booster shot? Save the vaccine for someone else.

If you are fully vaccinated, with a booster shot, and catch the omicron variant of COVID-19, your chances of even feeling sick are slim and being hospitalized and dying almost non-existent. Even the non-vaccinated, with the new Pfizer antiviral pills, chances of dying are less than catching the flu.

So, let’s just declare victory and get on with our lives.

Happy New Year.

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