Posted by John Posey
I recently came across a Wall Street Journal article by Holman Jenkins that I believe provides a useful perspective as we continue to feel and anticipate the effects of a widespread virus. To me, Jenkin’s quote below is a probable reality for many and is delivered in a “slap in the head” kind of style that got my attention.
“If you haven’t had Covid yet, you will. If you’ve had it once, you’ll have it again. If you’re vaccinated or were infected previously—which will one day be most people except the very young—your symptoms will likely be mild or nonexistent, but it’s not guaranteed. Words the CDC says about the flu it will say about Covid: ‘Vaccination is especially important for people 65 years and older because they are at high risk of developing serious complications from flu. Flu vaccines are updated each season as needed to keep up with changing viruses.’ Nobody is surprised when they get the flu for the second, the third, the eighth time in their lives. This is what epidemiologists meant when, for the last 15 months, they said the new coronavirus was likely to evolve and become endemic.”
Endemic refers to the constant presence and/or usual prevalence of a disease or infectious agent in a population or geographic area. The flu falls into this category. Remind you of anything else in particular? And with that, I'll conclude the reality check. Be smart and be safe.
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