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There are 18 comments on You Answered: Are You Ready to Start Living with the Virus?

  1. I’m relieved to see so many people in this article bring up how horrifying it is that these relaxed measures just disregard children, the immunocompromised, and the disabled. These are people, members of our community, and it scares me so much that they continue to be invisible in conversations about this when they make up such a large part of our population and our families. I will continue to wear my mask; we are nowhere near close enough to vaccinated herd immunity in the US or understanding of the virus in different types of people for me to feel comfortable removing it.

  2. BU Today can be a useful tool to hear opinions we might not otherwise hear, but care should be given to avoid sharing misinformation that will be taken at face value.

    “We were lucky that Omicron was less deadly. Imagine if it was super contagious.”

    There are several comments like this that are not necessarily supported by the findings we do have. Some preliminary trends from months ago have turned out to not be correct in the long run.

  3. Realistically, most people just don’t care about this anymore. It’s time to stop living in fear. Also, if you actually do care about Covid than nothing is stopping you from taking YOUR OWN precautions and distancing. But that shouldn’t stop the rest of us from going back to normal.

    1. Unfortunately, people can become infected with viruses like this one even if they take precautions. This is one of the foundations of public health policy and a need for collective action.

  4. Super happy to see so many students, faculty that are ready to lift restrictions and go back to regular life! I hope the school reads this article and plans accordingly to lift the last remaining restrictions (especially the classroom mask mandate!) I was really expecting this to be like a 90% “no” and 10% yes, but I feel good and optimistic about the school’s population after reading these replies! It is time to move on!

  5. Some of these responses are incredibly selfish and show a distinct lack of understanding of what COVID-19 entails. It’s not just people getting sick and then recovering, it’s people taking up beds in hospitals that otherwise would have gone to seriously ill people; it’s potential longterm symptoms that we can’t possibly understand yet; it’s the idea that while it may not kill you, you could be the vehicle for it to kill another. Do people not care about any of this? We don’t get to decide when the virus is done with us, the only way to get through this is to continue being careful and caring to others.

    1. It would be great to compare the cost of increasing the number of hospital beds to the cost of shutting down the economy, depriving children of proper education, covid tests, vaccines, masks, etc.

      My guess that the cost of hospital beds is a fraction of the health premiums that we pay, and the cost of th covid response is the inflation that we see.

      I am shocked that we do not have the ability to increase the number of beds in response to an epidemic or the use of biological weapons by terrorists or a foreign state. These threats are real, and require real preparedness not some social window dressing.

  6. It’s encouraging to see some of the sentiments from others who recognize it is time to move on. Looking forward to removing my mask, and seeing faces of colleagues and students who choose to do the same. No issue with those who continue covering their face. I’m curious if BU will require a 4th booster (!), and what the community response will be. As someone alluded to above, I was diligent and trusting of local and national authority at the beginning of this pandemic. I watched as the ‘noble’ lies piled up, and the goal posts moved. I’m also off the train.

  7. Getting back to normal (i.e., removing mask mandates) does not discriminate against the immunocompromised or populations that are not yet eligible for the vaccine.

    Science teaches us that masks protect their wearers, so if you need or want to take more precautions than the average person, wear one. Ableism is about the absence of special accommodations for those who need them, not about asking all to use these special accommodations.

    When you ask for mask mandates to stay in place, are you considering those in public-facing jobs who, under mandates, have no choice but to wear masks for eight or more hours at a time? It’s easy to ask the world to continue to wear masks if you sit alone behind a computer for work.

    1. I’d agree with you if we weren’t still so early in this. Those who need to take more precautions from COVID have likely needed to do so for other diseases for some time; we have decades of experience with those other concerns (flu, etc.) however, and know what to expect from their behavior. Yes, COVID case rates are very low right now, but that’s a recent development from having just had the HIGHEST rates of the pandemic, and we don’t know how things will continue. We obviously won’t have measures like mask mandates forever, but I’d hope we could put up with it for at least a little beyond the initial indications of the situation improving. Even for hours at a time (which I have to do myself), wearing a mask is not that big of a burden.

  8. “Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking others to live as one wishes to live. And unselfishness is letting other people’s lives alone, not interfering with them. Selfishness always aims at creating around it an absolute uniformity of type. Unselfishness recognizes infinite variety of type as a delightful thing, accepts it, acquiesces in it, enjoys it.”

    Oscar Wilde.

    1. I don’t understand your purpose in posting this quote, it could easily apply to either side of the debate, with one wishing to force compliance to precaution on everyone, and the other wishing for everyone to throw it all away. You might say that it’s only the pro-precaution side of the fence trying to tell others what to do, but that is so painfully, heartbreakingly far from the truth for the chronically ill and immunocompromised who have now essentially been told by the majority “we will not compromise, you have to severely restrict your own lives now because we don’t want to make *any* minor alterations to ours”.

      Previously I was able to visit my mother because masks, bubbles, work from home and social distancing gave some measure of confidence that I wouldn’t become the walking bomb that killed her. I was able to stay away from potential threats so that I did not inadvertently relay them to her. Now that everyone else has stopped caring I have no idea who I’ve been in contact with or whether I’m safe to see her, so the sad reality is that I can’t. She is more isolated now than she was mid-pandemic just because employers find it easier to micromanage from a central office and people can’t be bothered to keep up mask wearing. I wholeheartedly believe that she and others like her are in more danger now than they were a year ago. The “live with it” camp have forced that situation for these people, denying it is pure cognitive dissonance.

      By your own stance, forcing someone else to live to your standards is selfish. Would it be selfish for the immunocompromised to dictate that the healthy should still forgo seeing their own families? Of course. But for the healthy to dictate that the immunocompromised should become *totally* isolated in the way that they have is every bit, if not more brutal. The reality is that if it were an even split the only fair solution would be a middle-ground compromise – something in the region of reopening retail and businesses and removing crowd restrictions, but retaining work from home, masks, and maybe the two metre rule. This would put a few restrictions on everyone, yes, but there would be a balance, a give and take, “I’ll wear my mask if you have the sense to avoid large venues”. As it is, a minority are being crushed by an impossible burden because they don’t have the numbers to be heard.

  9. I’m currently living on two very different spectrums of covid consciousness. When I’m on campus, it almost feels like covid doesn’t exist anymore with the mask mandates lifted. But when I go home, my family is still extremely conscious about it. They still wear a mask everywhere they go, they wash their hands every time they get home, and they are still spraying down every package we receive. The main factor that is causing this at home is that I have my parents whom I have to worry about. They both are in their mid-50s and don’t have an amazing immune system. If I were to catch covid, I would probably be completely fine but they might get extremely sick. Because I see my parents constantly worrying, I think that the mask mandate was lifted too early and we need to be more considerate of the immunocompromised. I believe those who are happy with the lifted mask mandate are just selfish and not considerate of others.

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