Is Omicron the Beginning of the End?

Muddy early data mean that, for now at least, the immediate epidemiological future is uncertain. We could be in for a few months of relatively mild inconvenience before Omicron goes out with a whimper. Or we could be about to experience yet another exponential rise in hospitalizations and deaths.

And yet I wager that, whatever course Omicron—or future strains of the disease—might take, we are about to experience the end of the pandemic as a social phenomenon… More here.

I suspect that the majority are done with the pandemic now in terms of moving on regardless. In a way this is healthy and will likely be the quickest way out of this, but the trick will be balancing fixing health services so that can cope while opening up at the same time.

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