• Doug Most

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    Doug Most is a lifelong journalist and author whose career has spanned newspapers and magazines up and down the East Coast, with stops in Washington, D.C., South Carolina, New Jersey, and Boston. He was named Journalist of the Year while at The Record in Bergen County, N.J., for his coverage of a tragic story about two teens charged with killing their newborn. After a stint at Boston Magazine, he worked for more than a decade at the Boston Globe in various roles, including magazine editor and deputy managing editor/special projects. His 2014 nonfiction book, The Race Underground, tells the story of the birth of subways in America and was made into a PBS/American Experience documentary. He has a BA in political communication from George Washington University. Profile

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There are 9 comments on Biden Says the Pandemic Is Over. Is It?

  1. Yes, the pandemic is over. It’s been over for a year now. Biden realizes that there’s no more political mileage to get from it, so it’s over.

    Sadly, we now find ourselves in a mental health pandemic that few are taking seriously.

  2. Colloquially, yes, the pandemic is over, in that nobody is going to accept masks, more vaccine mandates, online school, testing, or social distancing again. Biden was obviously talking about it in this sense and not making a scientific judgement. Some will continue to live in fear, but for most of us, the pandemic has been over for at least a year if not more. Sorry, but that’s reality.

    1. Many folks I know whom I’d define as being very cautious from March 2020 – early 2022 have accepted that the pandemic is over in the colloquial sense. Yes, the case count is still high given its transmissibility and getting COVID is disruptive, but it no longer puts a strain on health care resources. The general public also has more tools available – OTC tests, therapeutics, masks, knowledge – to “live with COVID”.

      Just because many people have chosen to resume living life like it was before March 2020 doesn’t equate to them disrespecting COVID. In my circles, most everyone I know is vaccinated and many still got COVID thanks to Omicron and is sub-variants. But everyone I know who had COVID (including my entire household) since Omicron have had minor/mild bouts.

      My observation is that based on their 1st-hand experiences, they’ve accepted the risk that COVID will continue to bring while resuming most aspects of their pre-COVID life.

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