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Great piece from The Australian's Adam Creighton - it's time to move on from Covid

https://www.theaustralian.com.au/commentary/i-caught-covid-and-it-was-no-big-deal/news-story/9d4567ba4e93d7deca93d7a589ed8cec

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“Living with Covid” became a real­ity for me a few weeks back after I contracted the disease on a trip to New York at what turned out to be a superspreader event.

Three friends and I, all fully vaccinated, at least according to the prevailing definition, had a week of fever, aches, fatigue and some of us, not me, temporarily lost our sense of taste and smell.

It was unpleasant, but we’d all been sicker before and we’re all back to normal. My Johnson & Johnson one-shot vaccine, which I had in April, probably helped soften the blow, although a recent research paper found its effectiveness dropped to 13 per cent after six months.

 

Whatever, it’s obvious vac­cines do not stop transmission of Covid-19, which was the only justification, however flimsy, for mandating them.

Not wanting to become an official case, further fuelling the interminable hysteria, we tested ourselves at home using $US24 ($34) test kits that are widely available at pharmacies in the US, a reminder that official Covid-19 case tallies are likely gross underestimates of the number of cases.

Whether it was Delta, Alpha, Mu or, heaven forbid, Omicron I do not know, but the bright pink line from the testing kit was unambiguous: Covid-19.

It’s tempting to brag about becoming a Covid survivor, given the relentless obsession with how many people have died from or with it during the past two years. But it’s not really much of an achievement.

After eight months in the US, a country supposedly ravaged by the virus according to the mainstream media, it has been shocking to me how few people seem to know someone who has died from or with Covid-19.

In the US alone, the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention estimates more than 146 million people – or 44 per cent of the total population – have been infected by SARS-CoV-2.

In October last year the World Health Organisation estimated 10 per cent of the world’s population had contracted Covid, and that was before the highly transmissible Delta muscled out Alpha.

A year later, perhaps a quarter of the world are now Covid survivors, a group that includes everyone from obese former New Jersey governor Chris Christie to Europe’s oldest woman (a French nun who in February survived Covid-19 at age 116).

My experience with Covid has only underscored the urgency of not just “living with Covid” but preferably forgetting about Covid.

It has been 21 months of rolling restrictions in what can be described only as the greatest, and arguably one of the most destructive, obsessions in world history given the economic and social chaos governments have caused. We urgently need to move on.

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