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COVID Is Coming Back

Susan Estrich on

Shh. It's bad enough that the economy is going to hell. Don't tell anyone, but COVID is coming back.

I've been spending too much time in doctors' offices, where they still wear masks, doing deferred maintenance, as it were. And everywhere I go -- from one -ologist to the next -- the message is the same.

Have you gotten your boosters? Plural, my friends.

Have you heard the news?

The news is that the positivity rate is going up quickly. The news is that the intensive care units are filling up. The news is that more people are being hospitalized. The news in Los Angeles County is that the case rate has gone up over 40% in the last week. Cedars Sinai, the hospital of choice for glitterati and lucky regular people, has no ICU beds available.

The solace in all this is that the number of deaths is not going up at the same rate.

 

Not to say that it couldn't. But better care and vaccinations mitigate the harms, at least for those not suffering from serious preexisting conditions.

COVID has killed 1 million of our fellow Americans. It can still kill you.

But for most of us, thankfully, the question is how to live with COVID.

It's not an easy question to answer. You can be careful. But presumably, the president's daughter and the secretary of Health and Human Services were being careful and are still today's headliners of the "who tested positive" sweepstakes.

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