Sumary of The pandemic did not end, but several countries believe that it is necessary to learn to live with the virus:
- People are being encouraged to change their pandemic mindset and focus on avoiding getting seriously ill and dying rather than getting infected, something that is inevitable.
- Plans include focusing on monitoring how many people become seriously ill, how many require intensive care, and how many need to be intubated, rather than targeting infections.
- The country has reimposed the mandate to wear face masks indoors.
- “It’s important, but it’s quite annoying,” said Danny Levy, a 56-year-old Israeli civil servant who was waiting to go in to see a movie in a Jerusalem cinema complex last week.
- Levy said he would wear face masks inside the theater, but found it frustrating that restrictions were being reimposed as new variants entered the country because little testing was done and incoming passengers were not sufficiently supervised.
- Only 1 percent of people in low-income countries have received a dose of any vaccine, according to the Our World in Data project.
- In the United States, where state and local governments make much of the decisions, conditions vary widely from place to place.
- Some schools and universities plan to require campus students to be vaccinated, but several states have prohibited public institutions from imposing such restrictions.
- In Australia, several state congressmen suggested this month that the country was at a crossroads where it must decide between long-term restrictions and learn to live with contagions.