In trying to write a snapshot of where Covid stands today, we were struck by the divergence between the data and the public. In the United States, for instance, over the past several weeks, hospitalizations and deaths have been skyrocketing, quite literally. The problem is that most of these cases and deaths are among the unvaccinated. And yet, resistance to both masks and vaccines continues among too many.
Simultaneously, there is now talk of booster shots. Should they be considered before there is even a critical mass of initially immunized individuals? Israel has opted for a go-ahead on booster shots with, as of today, nearly 40% of the Israeli population receiving a booster shot. The US is timidly pursuing the same route, but remains cautious about making it a mandate.
The rest of the world is, frankly, disparate in their situation. Multiple countries are lacking access to the vaccines. They want it but either cannot afford them or they are simply not being made available by the global supply chain. Other countries are attempting to open their doors. Canada has recently opened their border to visitors from the United States, even though the U.S. has not reciprocated. Europe, on the other hand, is considering closing down again.
Offices are like countries: to open or not to open? To mandate vaccines or not?
In short, as we enter the fourth semester of this pandemic, the way forward is foggy at best. One thing is clear, the virus has no intention of letting up on its own and it is taking advantage of our unwillingness to tackle it with full force.