• Acceptance is the key!

    From (David P.)@21:1/5 to All on Mon Aug 30 11:32:02 2021
    Britons, Unfazed by High Covid Rates, Weigh Their
    ‘Price of Freedom’
    By Landler & Castle, 8/28/21, NY Times

    Nearly 60K packed the stadium last Sunday to watch
    Chelsea outplay Arsenal. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical
    “Cinderella” made its glittering debut in the West End
    after multiple Covid-related delays. On the subway,
    where masks are still mandatory, half go barefaced.

    All of this at a time when Britain is reporting over 30K
    new cases a day, hospitals are coming under renewed
    strain, & prelim data shows the protection provided by
    the vaccines ebbs several months after the 2nd dose.

    Such is the strange new phase of Britain’s pandemic:
    The public has moved on, even if the virus has not.
    Given that Britain has been at the vanguard of so many
    previous developments — from incubating variants to
    rolling out vac's — experts say this could be a glimpse
    into the future for other countries.

    “We don’t seem to care that we have these really high
    infection rates,” said Tim Spector, prof of genetic
    epidemiology at King’s College who's been leading a
    major study of Covid symptoms. “It looks like we’re just
    accepting it now — that this is the price of freedom.”

    Some of that equanimity may stem from the fact that
    Britain’s case rate, while high, has not yet risen
    anywhere near the level that officials predicted when
    they lifted virtually all restrictions last month. Some
    may be because so many Britons are vaccinated, fewer
    serious cases are being reported. And some of it may
    simply reflect fatigue, after 17 months of baleful
    headlines and stifling lockdowns.

    “There’s a feeling that finally we can breathe; we can
    start trying to get back what we’ve lost,” said Devi
    Sridhar, the head of the global public health program
    at the U. of Edinburgh. “It’s really difficult to ask
    people not to mix for a prolonged period, esp. if
    there's no solution.”


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