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Maybe President Joe Biden could have chosen his words a little better on “60 mins” when he said “The pandemic is over.” But then again, one can understand the political expediency of making such a statement as voters prepare to head to the polls.

Biden was a little closer when he said “We still have a problem with COVID. We are still working on it a lot… I think that is changing.

It’s changing; it’s true. But West Virginia officials were right to shake their heads at any statement from Washington, D.C. that could prevent residents from getting their full vaccinations or receiving their boosters — especially as new, still-lethal variants continue to emerge. ‘to arrive.

“If we just put it all together and say the pandemic is over…more people will die,” said Gov. Jim Justice. “I know we are saving lives by being here. If we only save one, that’s enough, but I know we save a lot more than one.

Although Justice tends towards the dramatic, he’s right on this one. Leading people to believe that the worry is over will mean unnecessary deaths.

It’s tempting to hear Biden’s words, breathe a sigh of relief and say “Phew! Glad it’s over.

But don’t give in to the temptation to skip the vaccine or the booster, to ditch the tests and stay home if you feel sick, or forgo the precautionary measures that we know will stem the spread not only of this virus but of many others.

There is indeed still a lot of work to be done.




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