As the COVID-19 pandemic and the Western world’s unprecedented approach to it enters a new phase, with the Omicron variant becoming more prevalent, an opportunity presents itself to effect dramatic and much-needed changes to COVID policy.
When the global pandemic was in its early stages in early 2020, very little was known, and our leaders feared the worst. Some understood, knowing the Chinese Communist Party’s response to SARS1, that the regime would avoid culpability at all costs, indeed at just about ANY cost, with possibly devastating consequences. Others, facing dubious models touting millions of deaths being brandished by supposedly eminent scientists, and with the “extreme safety” being demanded by some elements of Western societies, were likewise in a panic.
Fear gripped Western societies in a way unseen in generations.
Coupled with the Chinese regime’s extreme censorship of COVID-related data and workers, along with apocalyptic COVID propaganda spread by its mouthpieces and sycophants, it can be argued that the West largely threw out the tried-and-tested traditional pandemic playbook in favor of extreme top-down policies eerily similar to those the Chinese regime was celebrating. Most notably, we locked down our societies, in multiple ways, shuttering businesses and schools, with only “essential” work continuing—something we stuck with, despite ample evidence pointing at the dubious nature of those policies. Basic principles of public health went out the window.
In our frantic quest to find solutions, we seemingly miraculously developed vaccines to stop the virus, but enamored by and in our rush to deploy our new miracles, we neglected key safeguards, such as collecting proper safety data. We vilified early clinicians and the therapeutic treatments they were finding success with, pushed vaccines as a panacea only to find that many didn’t want them. Then we adopted all sorts of tyrannical policies to “encourage” adoption, even for healthy children who are at minuscule risk from the virus. We spent a year and a half breaking up society, chipping away at our most cherished of basic rights, and hunkering down into tribal camps, creating a new “unclean” caste: the unvaccinated.
Given the magnitude of our failure as a society in dealing with COVID, and the cardinal rule that human beings (but especially politicians) will go to gargantuan lengths to avoid responsibility, I posit that Omicron provides an off-ramp that doesn’t require admission of guilt. We need to halt the highly objectionable COVID policies being employed today, while giving up, for now, the assigning of blame.
- Omicron is more contagious than Delta and other variants
- COVID vaccines seem to do little to stop Omicron infection
- Remarkably, there is some evidence that Omicron is breaking through natural immunity from previous variants
- Omicron is much less severe than other variants, with many scientists comparing its symptoms to the common cold
- Omicron is unexpected—its high level of mutation leaves scientists asking questions
The obsession with asymptomatic testing for COVID can be left behind with heads held high, as can masks. Ignorance of the past power of natural immunity versus the virus becomes a non-issue at present. And, unlike past variants, Omicron is indeed a bit of an enigma in terms of both its genetics and how it functions.
In other words, a perfect opportunity to effect a dramatic shift in pandemic policy, for example to policies laid out in the Great Barrington Declaration and past pandemic public health standards. Vaccine mandates can be dropped in an instant, policy can indeed be “left to the states” as President Joe Biden has suggested, and state leaders can also follow in kind.
It’s an opportunity for leaders to use the novel Omicron variant to save face, as an “off-ramp” from the current authoritarian and unpopular policy track, enacting policies that will have them celebrated and also work well, helping us start to heal our society. The sooner, the better.