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The end of COVID-19 will be on our minds, not in real life

I’ve been traveling a lot lately and here’s what I’ve noticed about America’s current response to COVID-19: It’s all over the map.

On the streets of New York, I saw people riding bicycles in masks, and I was asked to show a vaccination card before sitting down in a restaurant. At the famous St. Louis Arch, I saw people posing side by side for photos, no masks anywhere. In a library talk in Connecticut, people in clusters, socially distant, put on masks. At an event in Ohio, every seat next to each other was full, distance didn’t matter.

I’ve been to hotels where clerks are still behind glass, and restaurants where the waiters lean in unmasked to take your order. There are workplaces that meet the Biden administration’s mandate that everyone should be vaccinated, and there are workplaces that challenge this. Many large offices warn: no shot, no job; some small offices say come in, we’re taking a chance.

In other words, COVID-19 practices, policies and attitudes all depend on where you go, what you do, and who you do it with. There is no predominant national approach. No size fits all. And there probably won’t be another.

So the question is, as Captain America once asked his fellow Avengers:

“Are we done here?”

Andrea Sandoval, certified nursing assistant and patient service representative at Wayne Health, talks to April Rogers of Redford before Rogers' Covid-19 booster shot outside Third New Hope Baptist Church in Detroit on Thursday, Nov. 4, 2021.

Comfortable with coronavirus

When will the COVID-19 plague be over? At what point does the crisis turn into something else we have to deal with, such as the flu, drunk drivers, food poisoning or the risk of robberies?

This question has been postulated by various media lately. Of the many I’ve read, the most notable quote comes from an epidemiologist at Johns Hopkins University who, when asked by the Washington Post when the pandemic would end, said, “It’s not going to end. We just stop caring.”