It feels like deja vu all over again.
Rising infection rates, canceled Broadway shows, restaurant closures, etc., in New York City bring back memories of the pandemic's early days. Outside testing facilities, long lineups have also developed again.
As the year draws to a close, we see a terrifying rise in Covid-19 cases with warning signals from countries like Denmark and the United Kingdom, where Omicron is soaring. It has been over two years since the outbreak began, and the aim of controlling the new coronavirus has yet to be realized.
President Joe Biden has never faced a challenge like this before. So, Biden must deliver now on his promises.
Biden cannot control everything, but there are several areas where he must exhibit strong presidential leadership. Here are some of them:
Vaccines And Booster Shots
Vaccines are still the greatest way to protect yourself from Covid-19-related disease and death.
Vaccines can save lives and reduce the strain on already overworked health care systems.
If the worldwide acceptance is high enough, they can also prevent the emergence of new variations.
Although Biden's vaccination rollout has made great progress, it is not enough. When it comes to convincing people to receive booster shots, he should emphasize its significance.
This country's fast testing program is woefully underfunded. Despite the administration's efforts to speed up and increase the production of at-home examinations, there is still more work to be done.
In nations like the United Kingdom and Germany, fast testing is straightforward, ubiquitous, and inexpensive or free.
There is still a long way to go before at-home testing becomes commonplace in the United States.
At-home tests should be readily available. If the government can afford weapons overseas, it should subsidize the cost of fast testing kits for American citizens at home.
To lock down or leave companies open dominated the Covid issue in 2021. There are, of course, enormous expenses to each alternative. There are too many risks to our physical health to keep corporates open when there are surges.
But closing things down harms the economy, family, education, and mental health.
In the next months, strong political and scientific leadership can play a vital role.
Biden should find a middle ground that allows businesses and educational institutions to reopen without incident. Masks, distance, outside space, periodic testing, and immunization requirements may be used as a stricter rule for keeping businesses open.