Here we go again. 2022 begins with confusion and mix messages from Government Leaders, Health Experts, CDC and Employers when the Omicron and Delta Variants daily case numbers and hospitalization are sky rocketing heading to the moon.
December 1, 2021, California announced first Omicron Variant in the United States. 35 days after, Omicron new daily cases has reached 1 million in one day. The message, “Be concerned, but do not be alarmed.” My opinion? Be alarmed. Start buying toilet papers and necessities before the next shocker announcement. People have no idea that we are being prepared again for the next Emergency.
Omicron cases doubles by the day. Most infectious of all Variants yet shortest quarantine time. Does that make sense? New Year’s first 4 weeks will reach 500,000-1,000,000 new cases per day in the U.S. alone.
Tuesday, we surpassed 1 million new cases in one day. But sure, let us spread it more. Perhaps this is how we achieve Herd Immunity were the vaccines have not achieve yet.
Economic Normalcy: Okay to self quarantine for 5 days then go back to work and community infectious or not.
Safety: Wear mask for 5 more days after initial 5 days quarantine because the asymptomatic carrier or recovering sick could still be infectious. So, really it should be 10 days total quarantine time as previously practiced based on Science.
Reduced 5 Days because it’s what’s tolerated and not what will slow down the Omicron and Delta Variants Outbreaks and Mutations.
Voluntary testing for the vaccinated after travel and out of town holidays. If I don’t feel like testing because I feel fine, I just report to work like it’s the most natural okay thing to do. No question asked. I did it twice. Millions of the vaccinated are doing the same. Again, no question asked. HIPAA Confidentiality is a serious basic right protected by laws.
If work outbreaks happen, then it will happen, just like in the Airline Industry recently. This would be the normal expected events in all Work Force in 2022. And we deal with it as it arise.
Healthcare Staff, Airline Workers, Direct Customer Service Work Force are on a different quarantine category because they belong to the needed “Essentials.” It’s recommend that the “safer” quarantine time is 7 days but if “Short Staff,” it’s 5 Days. But since it’s Short Staff almost everyday, then it’s really 5 Days Quarantine for all. Again, back to work infectious or not.
Is tolerance okay when there are harmful risks involve? Is tolerance an alternative to being responsible and conscientious? Or is tolerance another Political trade off?
Is tolerance ethical when we have a vulnerable group of population that are unvaccinated? We still have millions of the unvaccinated, and likely will choose to remain unvaccinated. What happens to them? Do we pretend they don’t exist? Is their safety unimportant?
Isn’t this crazy? Are convenience and money more important than people’s health and well being?
We’re concerned about new outbreaks, but we just let these outbreaks run loose in our community anyways.
The Government and CDC may all together divert the Public’s focus on daily new cases to stop the virus from disrupting Economic Recovery. No reports. No alarms. No caution.
“Conspiracy Theories have truths in them. But we are not suppose to know, learn and reason. We are suppose to just accept what we are told and not ask questions. We all have been victims of them, willing or not since COVID started in China. Lies and coverups one after the other. Lies became Truths. Truths became Lies. Ignorance and Confusion became Wisdom and Worship.”
Weird, strange, astonishing. People, like COVID have mutated in its handling and response of the Pandemic in just 2 years. And that will continue to evolve year after year.
Only a third or less with COVID are staying home. Most because they are unaware they have COVID. Some by choice. There will come a time, many of the sick will just join the healthy and it’s a normal okay.
For the vaccinated, COVID testing is voluntary. So really, many workers will be unknown asymptomatic spreaders because they may not feel sick yet give COVID to their customers, co-workers and Family members.
If future new variants continues to be less dangerous, People may opt to skip testing all together and just go on living their lives. COVID becomes insignificant by choice.
This is the concerning dilemma of COVID in 2022. It’s possible that everyone can just go back to work, school, dine, shop, go to crowded public places and parties while sick with COVID. It’s already happening.
Should we just ignore the dangerous COVID numbers so Economy can bounce back? Should we just modify critical safety measures to please People?
If we are not careful and just allow People to dictate Leadership and Public Safety, the chaos and suffering of 2021 is just a prelude of what’s going to explode in 2022.
Happy New Year? That’s the hope. That’s the dream. Better New Year? Only if People give a damn. The action of some are the outcome for all. 2022 is no different.
“I started my first day of work confused. Several Patients with possible COVID, standing next to other Patients sick from different ailments. The lobby is small. Everyone’s breathing the same air. Who should I protect first? Who should I keep safe? After a few minutes, critical thinking and common sense kicked in. Shit, 2022 definitely will outdo 2021.”
We should have accepted COVID as an everyday virus by now and just live life with less disruptions as possible. It should not be something that keep tearing us apart. Spending a week in Southern California made me appreciate what I’m missing in Northern California.
Even in the same State and Cities, Americans have different perceptions, attitude and behaviors when it comes to COVID. I’m liking it more and more the group that is into Freedom, Liberty and Happiness.
We can still have fun and not be reckless. We can still enjoy our wants and still be mindful.
I’m appreciating more the perks of living without fear and just enjoying life as it comes.
I have accepted COVID as an everyday normal occurrence both at work and my community. It’s no longer an inconvenience nor a threat. It has become ordinary as colds and plain sore throat. Having a different mind set about it made me move forward.
From my observation of the outside world, many already have moved on regardless of what President Biden, Fauci, the CDC and the News says.
People are tired. People want to be free in their choices. “My Life, My Choice,” because it is the truth.
What’s your opinion of 2022? Explosive? Muted? Better? Razzle Dazzle Bedazzled? Moving forward I will do whatever?
Will you allow COVID, Leaders and Experts dictate your Dreams for 2022? We can’t change 2021, but we’re fortunately given another year to rewrite our stories and adventures. Be generous to yourself. 2022 is your year, not someone else’s.
Self care, Happiness and Meaningful Relationships will be top priorities for the New Year. As my Son says, “Dad, New Year, New You.” I can only try with patience and kindness in mind.