Dec. 22, 2021

A wish for peace and tranquility during Christmas

What I want for Christmas is a pause in covid talk from 12:01 a.m. Friday, December 24 until 23:59 p.m. December 27. We have earned a 96 hour reprieve from verbal diarrhea on coronavirus variants.

There is nothing governments or health care professionals can say or do in that interval that will have any effect on covid spread.

It is far too late for booster shots to help. Vaccines take about 14 days to be effective, and no province has the infrastructure or manpower to deliver millions of booster shots in a short period.

Announcing that everyone over the age of 18 is eligible for a booster shot is ridiculous. We are putting elderly people with mobility issues in with the young and fit waiting in long lines outdoors in winter weather. Medical people who would allow this are as incompetent as governments.

By now, the penny should have dropped. We have to learn to live with covid over the foreseeable future. It is a contagious disease not unlike its flu cousins. We can take reasonable, rational precaution to avoid infection, but never acquire full immunity because there are so many variants. That was the situation pre-covid and nothing has changed.

Christmas 2021 restrictions will not work better than they have over the past two years. If anything, they give rise to rebellion and resentment. At the very least, allow us some peace and tranquility during the Christmas holiday.