Ignore the hysteria: It’s time to move past COVID, America

Team Biden sure threw the nation into a state of confusion last week with its scary, flip-flopping COVID rhetoric, but Americans should rest assured: America’s pandemic is over, slain by Operation Warp Speed.

Yes, COVID will still take lives, but it’s simply not a major threat to people with immunity, whether natural or from a vaccine. Despite the new alarms from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about the Delta variant’s dangers, and the media hype amplifying them, the bottom line remains: Only a tiny fraction of those who are vaxxed have been infected and hospitalized, as The Post reported last week. An even smaller fraction have died.

Fact is, as a society, we have to move on — and not be paralyzed by the vax-resistant or those demanding zero risk. The good news: Most of us are moving back to normalcy already.

Don’t stop now, America. The latest Team Biden and CDC guidance is a hopeless mishmash based on fear, politics and butt-covering, not solid science. The data behind new guidance about the Delta variant, as Dr. Joel Zinberg noted in Saturday’s Post, are “preliminary,” based on small, possibly unrepresentative samples. One study involved the AstraZeneca vaccine that isn’t even used in America.

Let’s face it: The CDC and its public-health peers have been disaster shows all pandemic long (recall the test it insisted was the only acceptable one, until it turned out to not work?), but the failing has reached the level that the only rational thing to do is to not take its hopeless advice as gospel. Be sensible, but don’t let the scaremongering stop you living your life.

The risk of death or hospitalization for anyone who’s gotten jabbed remains very, very low. Kids under 12 are also extremely safe. And, yes, even a single shot of the two-step Moderna and Pfizer jabs does a world of good.

So get vaxxed. Don’t make a scene over the stupid “Mask on the planes, trains and taxis” rules. Try to persuade any unvaxxed friends and family to get jabbed. (But don’t scream: It doesn’t help; people have reasons that make sense to them.)

Look: If the jabs had any significant side effects, the media would be blaring about them.
Basically, stay sane — and try to spread the sanity. Humans are social animals; the holdouts will catch up eventually.

The coronavirus may be here to stay, but the menace is gone. From 1918 through 1920, the Spanish flu infected roughly a third of the world population, killing tens of millions. The distant descendants of that virus still kill tens of thousands of people globally each year — but life goes on. That’s the inevitable future of COVID because evolution favors strains that are more contagious but far less deadly, since killing your host is a losing “strategy.”

In the decade after the Spanish flu, the nation saw an explosion of social, economic and cultural exuberance. Something like that is our own future, too, once our elites get past their hysteria. It’s now time to move on — and let the good times roll.

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