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The Great Covid Pivot Of 2022

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by quoth the raven
Wednesday, Feb 09, 2022 - 17:29

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I started out 2022 by predicting that capitalism and common sense would catalyze a massive pivot in how the mainstream media reports on Covid.

I believed that the media would eventually start the process of pivoting from hysteria and that politicians, understanding full well that they can’t get re-elected during mid-terms this year on a platform of locking people in their homes, would follow.

All I can say one month into the year is holy shit, does it look like I was right.

So far in 2022, innumerable U.S. states, in addition to countries like Sweden, Norway and Denmark, are lifting Covid restrictions.

Connecticut and Delaware are planning on lifting school mask mandates by the end of March. Oregon officials have also announced that general mask mandates would be lifted March 31. Even New Jersey and California announced they would ease mandates in coming weeks.

And the media narrative has very quickly changed, too.

Dr Leana Wen, columnist with The Washington Post and CNN medical analyst who has, in the past, gushed non-stop about following the government’s Covid guidance, has now completely changed her playbook for her appearances on CNN.

On Monday of this week, she told CNN:

"There was, and is, a time and place for pandemic restrictions. But when they were put in, it was always with the understanding that they would be removed as soon as we can. And, in this case, circumstances have changed. Case counts are declining. Also, the science has changed. The responsibility should shift from a government mandate imposed from the state or the local district of the school … it should shift to an individual responsibility by the family, who can still decide that their child can wear a mask if needed."

In addition to sounding like she was erring on the side of freedom of choice, a concept Democrats may only now be conveniently adopting ahead of mid-terms, she also promptly took to Twitter to represent “the other side” of the Covid argument that, days ago, would have been written off as “conspiracy theory”. She Tweeted on Tuesday night:

  • “It can BOTH be true both that covid-19 causes illness and harm, and ALSO that its continued prioritization, to the exclusion of other issues, does, too.”

  • “It can BOTH be true that masks reduce respiratory infections and ALSO that they can have unintended harms”

  • “We must have an honest conversation about masking in schools. Two things can be true at once. Masks work to reduce transmission. And they could cause harm to kids, especially to young learners. There needs to be an ongoing risk-benefit analysis, as there is for any intervention.”

She also retweeted this statement from David Rubin, Policy director at CHOP:

"This is a moment to start removing the restrictions that have been placed on kids. Because the risk to their mental health, learning loss, those types of things are now far greater than the virus itself."

 

She’s right: we do need to have an honest conversation. But the question is why are we having it now and why weren’t we allowed to have it just weeks ago?

In fact, where the fuck was this woman 6 months ago?

On New Years, she was urging people to mask up while heading outdoors to watch the ball drop:

“Make sure that you’re vaccinated and boosted. Make sure that you’re wearing a mask even though it’s outdoors. There are lots of people packed around you, wearing a three-ply surgical mask.”

In Spring of last year, she was expressing “fears” about the U.S. not being able to reach herd immunity.

In Summer of last year, she was spreading the narrative that “we can’t trust the unvaccinated”.

Heading into the Fall, she was writing op-eds called “Why Covid-19 Vaccines Should Be Required For All Americans”.

And now - and only now that millions of vaccines have been distributed and the public’s trust in the President and in his Covid response is at all time lows - she has completely and totally changed her tune.


The left is also starting to talk about concepts that they were completely silent on for the last 2 years. Most notably, natural immunity.

It was less than a month ago that I wrote a piece arguing why I thought “Capitalism and Common Sense Would End Vaccine Mandates in 2022”.

As part of that article, I wrote that natural immunity would soon have to be talking point due to omicron potentially acting as “nature’s vaccine”:

First, after this omicron wave passes, it should hopefully stir up a discussion about natural immunity that’s about 18 months overdue. Putting vaccine mandates aside, Omicron, given its extremely infectious nature and mild effects, may wind up acting like nature’s vaccine for almost everybody anyway. People will start to understand this concept and push harder on “the science” as to why it has conveniently ignore the topic of natural immunity - which has been proven to be more robust than vaccination - thus far.

And lo and behold, as The Hill pointed out this week, the CDC is - all of a sudden - starting to talk about natural immunity. A report published by the CDC on January 28, 2022, “finally acknowledges what many have suspected for a long time — that surviving COVID-19 provides excellent natural immunity not only....(READ THIS FULL ARTICLE FOR FREE HERE). 

 

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