It’s time to put the era of pandemics behind us


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Are we finally at the end of the pandemic? Perhaps the madness of COVID, which has been more harmful than good for the past 19 months, has finally receded. There are some hope flicker.

The UK Government will announce December 27th this week, ending mandatory facial covers and vaccination passports. The government quoted the fact that the waves of Omicron have already peaked and more people are being boosted by what is now considered an endemic virus.

On January 20, the Ontario Government announced plans to gradually end COVID restrictions. “We can be confident that the worst is behind us,” said Dougford. The plan, which goes into effect on January 31, will raise restrictions on meetings and allow restaurants, cinemas and malls to operate again at 50% capacity. Around March 14th, vaccination proof will be required, but all restrictions on the meeting will be lifted. It’s not clear when the Maskman Date and Vaccine Passport will end, but if the government sticks to it, plans to phase out other measures are certainly a step in the right direction. If so, other states may follow suit.

Given the rapid decline in the desire for further blockades among Canadians over the past few months, that is the right direction to go.

Last year’s Ipsos poll showed support for blockade measures dropped from 70% in July to 56% in December. A December poll by Maru polls showed that Canadians were ready to live with COVID, and the majority of respondents did not change their habits much to avoid infection and lived daily. It states that it continues.

One of the reasons for the decline in support for blockade measures may be partly due to the long-term side effects of the measures.

One of the depressing examples was the increase in deaths from overdose during a pandemic, a record high. Earlier this month, Saskatchewan Coroners Service reported that overdose killed 464 people in 2021, up from a record high of 327 in 2020. The British Columbia Coroners Service reports that 1,782 people died from overdose in the first 10 months of 2021. , 1,765 people died in 2020. The COVID-19 Science Advisory Table in Ontario reported in September 2021 that opioid overdose has increased by 60% since the start of the pandemic.

In addition to this, there are also mental health implications for young people due to school closures. In July 2021, Sick Kids published a study showing how dire the situation is and how long the effects of the COVID-19 period last. For example, the second wave demonstrated that more than half of the 758 children surveyed and 70% of teenagers develop symptoms of clinical depression. Studies show that the causes of increased anxiety and depression in adolescents include a lack of extracurricular activities and other support services that inspire and put them on the right track for growth.

These problems continue to worsen, and given the calmness of Omicron, it’s time to focus on recovery from fallout caused by COVID-19 and restrictions, and finally move beyond the pandemic stage. I did.

Of course, there are obstacles to overcome, such as the superpoliticalization of pandemics and the cynical use of the crisis by elites. Over the course of several months, it is becoming increasingly clear that many of the decisions have been communicated almost entirely by political calculations rather than being dictated by data. This explains why many of the kneeling and inconsistent measures are just theaters.

The enthusiasm of the media must also be stopped.

For continued doomsday predictions from public health experts in the limelight, elected officials eventually need to take their time and move quickly to put this era behind us. there is.

Canadians are ready to move on.

The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Epoch Times.

Shane Mirror

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Shane Miller is a political writer based in London, Ontario.