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Is there a Covid crisis anymore?

Is there a Covid crisis anymore?

It has been a while since I have commented on the Covid-19 issue.  It is still a mainstay in the mainstream media – and almost as fearsome as ever in the leftwing press.  That is because certain portions of the politico-medical community are keeping pandemic panic alive.

Throughout the two-plus-year pandemic, there has been confusion – too much confusion.  Much of it is driven by politics-over-science – too much politics-over-science.  But as the pandemic (if it can even be called that anymore) wanes, the confusion reigns.

Those who have followed my commentaries for the past couple years, know that I have never been an alarmist.  I have often used the scientific and statistical data to put things into perspective.  That means I used reasonable mitigating measures – mostly in obedience to imposed regulations out of concern for my well-being.  I masked when required to do so.  And did not, when not.  Never outside.  Same with social distancing.  I continued to shake hands, hug and kiss (although not many opportunities for the latter at my age.)

Once I was vaccinated, I declared the pandemic over – for me.  I still must mask where required, but I honestly think it is overdone.  I was surprised and pleased that a senior residency where I visit a 91-year-old friend has ended indoor masking.  My local Publix grocery store has done away with all signs of the pandemic.  No more one-way aisles – which were ended more than a year ago.  No more masks – which ended within the past year.  But the final concessions to Covid are now gone.  No more spacing markers on the floor.  No more plastic shields between cashiers and customers.  

You may have also noticed that the daily hospitalization and death counts have disappeared from the television screens.  Even the once ubiquitous Dr. Anthony Fauci has exited from the public stage – for the most part.  I guess that there is no longer enough bad news to report.  Fearmongering is much more difficult in the face of the new reality.

But that does not mean it is over.  Even as the Covid ceases to be a pandemic – and maybe not even an epidemic – the fearmongers are still at it.  It may be – as some suggest – that we should think of the Covid family of viruses as a perennial disease – much like the common flu, which is sometimes mild and sometimes more serious.  We just need to learn to live with it – and not from some medical bunkers that the fearmongers would keep us.

Here is the hard information the national media no longer finds sufficiently important to report.  Currently (as of April 12), three-tenths of one percent of the American population has Covid – mostly the newest and most mild variant.  The daily death tool has dropped to under 500 – 330 on April 12, to be precise.

So, why do we have masking on public transportation?  And it was actually extended recently by the Center for Disease Control (CDC).  Why are some communities going back to pandemic-level regulations?  Why are our school kids being tormented with mask-wearing … terrorized by fear of the virus … and damaged educationally and psychologically by harsh regulatory measures?  Why are we being told that we need the booster (which I got) and a second booster (which I did not get) — and maybe boosters ad infinitum.  We can understand Pfizer’s promotion of endless vaccinations – but that should not be the primary driver of policy.

Supposedly more than 70 percent of the American public is vaccinated.  Many more have natural immunity from having had Covid.  That should give us something close to herd immunity.  At least that is what we were told.

We have entered an era of Covid hypocrisy – with no better example than the one coming from the White House.  No adherence to indoor masking and social distancing.  Then there was the smack heard around the world, (No, I do not mean Will Smith slapping Chris Rock). There was that kiss between President Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi – who later tested positive.  They know that Covid is not the dreaded grim reaper that it was a year or so ago.  But they still want us, we the people, to be oppressed by the disease – or at least our governments imposition of increasingly irrelevant regulations.

Perhaps the scariest example of government over-reach is proposals in California that would require all children to be fully vaccinated.  Personally, if I had children in the under 10 age group, I would not have them vaccinated – and no one loves kids more than me.

A lot of people scare easily.  You see them donning masks that are ineffective in places where they are unnecessary.  But I am okay with that.  As I have said previously, if a person wants to don rain gear on a bright sunny day, that is their right.  Just do not force me.

We may never live in a Covid-free world, but we do not have to act like it is the scourge that it once was.

So, there ‘tis.

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Larry Horist

So,there‘tis… The opinions, perspectives and analyses of Larry HoristLarry Horist is a businessman, conservative writer and political strategist with an extensive background in economics and public policy. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman. He has served as a consultant to the Nixon White House and travelled the country as a spokesman for President Reagan’s economic reforms. He has testified as an expert witness before numerous legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress. Horist has lectured and taught courses at numerous colleges and universities, including Harvard, Northwestern, DePaul universities, Hope College and his alma mater, Knox College. He has been a guest on hundreds of public affairs talk shows, and hosted his own program, “Chicago In Sight,” on WIND radio. Horist was a one-time candidate for mayor of Chicago and served as Executive Director of the City Club of Chicago, where he led a successful two-year campaign to save the historic Chicago Theatre from the wrecking ball. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He is praised by readers for his style, substance and sense of humor. According to one reader, Horist is the “new Charles Krauthammer.” He is actively semi-retired in Boca Raton, Florida where he devotes his time to writing. So, there ‘tis is Horist’s signature sign off.

10 Comments

  1. Thomas

    We don’t hear about Covid as much anymore

  2. Ben

    It’s always been leftist bull shit

  3. Ben

    Over 1.000,000 Americans dead sort of bull shit.

    Idiot.

    • Ben

      Misdiagnosed. Fool!!!!

  4. Ben

    Head in sand.

    There are death certificates. Or are coroner’s in 50 states all wrong? You got a million dollar story or a tin doul hat. Hows that hat?

    • Mack ewing

      Falsified death certificates. It’s already been found out but communist in America killed it. So many lies from the left. But truth is marching on.

      • Bdn

        Yet another conspiracy.

        Answer to any hard truth.

        Can’t fix stupid.

        Prove there’s 1,000,000 falsified death e certificates in 50 states covering 2.5 years.

        Really Joe, your site is a manure pile of fKe news, lies, and propaganda. You should be proud of your achievement in first amendment. The founders are choking on their vomit.

        • Perry

          What would you suggest? Stopping people from posting their thoughts? Cancel us? Yes, the founders are probably choking on their vomit.

          • Ben

            I suggest having rules canceling ad hominem attacks, foul language and stuff pike that.

            It’s a private site. Joe’s choice. Legally and ethically. Joe has one of those.

  5. James

    Then you should cancel yourself. You might not mention queers but your f bomb works well Careful. You might get canceled. I refuse to be