The pandemic vibe shift: A return to status quo

The pandemic vibe shift: A return to status quo

The pandemic vibe shift: A return to status quo By MYAH WARD 04/18/2022 08:00 PM EDT With help from Joanne Kenen SHIFT KEY — Welcome to the end-of-community-responsibility era of the pandemic. The cases-don’t-matter stage of the pandemic. The we-have-the-tools-to-protect-ourselves span of the pandemic. There is a vibe shift in the way society is interacting with Covid. Many local and state leaders are resisting new mandates. D.C. elite are marching on with large social gatherings, even after the Gridiron Club dinner spurred an outbreak and raised concerns about the virus’ vicinity to the president. Doctors have anecdotes about patients not testing for Covid, brushing off their symptoms as a cold or allergies. It’s a concerning shift — especially for vulnerable groups like the immunocompromised or lower income individuals who don’t have access to “tools,” like antiviral Paxlovid or monoclonal antibodies, politicians keep referring to. But it isn’t a surprising one, Abraar Karan, an infectious disease doctor at Stanford University, told Nightly. Americans placing more focus on their own individual risk is a return to the pre-pandemic status quo. This change can be explained by what drives public health policy in the U.S. While lower-income Americans, who make up the majority of the country’s frontline workers, were forced to continue in-person work from the beginning of the pandemic, public health policy is largely determined by how these measures affect middle- and upper-middle-class groups, Karan said. These groups have the highest vaccination rates and have decided it’s safe to return to […]

Click here to view original web page at The pandemic vibe shift: A return to status quo

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.