Note: This “Moore to the Point” commentary aired on NewsTalkSTL on Monday, August 15th. Audio included below.
I lost interest in COVID long about the time I got over it. It took two-plus years for the virus to sink its spiky teeth into me and once it did, I felt awful for two days and meh for about a week. I’d characterize my bout with it as more than mild, but less than moderate. To be clear, I don’t say this to minimize the suffering or loss that many experienced from it (and I mean the virus, not the overreaction to it).
But, if I’m being perfectly honest, I pretty much stopped caring about it – I certainly stopped constantly thinking about it and allowing it to influence every personal interaction I have. And I’m not alone in that. Look around. Oh, there are still vestiges of it, most notably resting on the faces of those who continue to sport masks. But for the most part, people are getting on with the business of living and not viewing every other humanoid as a potential deadly vector.
And just in time, the CDC has announced updated guidelines – which largely reflect this evolution. Rather than leading the charge now, the government is rather quietly adapting its preaching to what the vast majority of Americans are already practicing. And it is well past time.