Chicken Fried News: It’s starting to seem a bit like that “Mission Accomplished” deja vu moment George W. Bush had on the aircraft carrier when it comes to getting a handle on COVID-19. 

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Jerry Bennett

It’s starting to seem a bit like that “Mission Accomplished” deja vu moment George W. Bush had on the aircraft carrier when it comes to getting a handle on COVID-19.


By the metrics, it seems like the Omicron wave that washed over the state in late December through early February is finally starting to recede.


But, in the larger war against the novel coronavirus, it seems that the humans have lost. California recently announced that it is shifting from handling COVID-19 as a pandemic and is now considering the disease to be endemic.


In other words, it’s just a part of all of our lives now. And while the “it’s just the flu, bro” bros have been proven wrong time and time again over the past two years, it seems as if, just like the flu, we’ll now have to contend with “COVID seasons.”


Now, this isn’t completely the fault of gas-on-the-fire numbskulls like Kevin Stitt, who had the dubious honor of being the first governor diagnosed with the virus, but they certainly haven’t helped.


And while the vaccinations and boosters have certainly taken the sharpest sting from COVID-19, at least in variants to date, it’s a sad state of affairs that nearly a million people have died from the virus.


There will certainly be more variants coming but, with any luck, they’ll continue to do what viruses do and mutations will become less lethal as time goes on.


In the meantime, let’s look at the silver linings.


  • With masking becoming commonplace and sometimes fashionable, fewer women will be ordered by leering men to smile. Also, we’re all imminently aware of when we need a breath mint instead of being embarrassed by having one offered.

  • Anyone can always use COVID-19 exposure or concerns to get out of any burdensome or tedious social engagement.

  • And, between open carry laws and masks, everyone has the opportunity to look like a Wild West outlaw any day of the year, not just on Halloween.


COVID-19 may not be truly conquered now or ever, but when Elton John tests positive for the virus and then plays an arena concert to a packed crowd five days later within the same walls that brought the NBA season to a screeching halt nearly two years ago, it certainly seems like the days of most of us giving a damn are behind us.


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