The time has indeed come. Feb 1, make it a PITA for anyone to demand a mask or a passport, etc. Vote with your wallet, your attitude, etc.
2022-01-23 updated Jan 26, by Jay Bhattacharya, Harvey Risch, Paul E. Alexander. Emphasis added.
The time has come to terminate the pandemic state of emergency. It’s time to end the controls, the closures, the restrictions, the plexiglass, the stickers, the exhortations, the panic-mongering, the distancing announcements, the ubiquitous commercials, the forced masking, the vaccine mandates.
We don’t mean that the virus is gone—Omicron is still spreading wildly, and the virus may circulate forever. But with a normal focus on protecting the vulnerable, we can treat the virus as a medical rather than a social matter and manage it in ordinary ways. A declared emergency needs continuous justification, and that’s now lacking.
Even in places with strict lockdown measures, there are hundreds of thousands of newly registered Omicron cases daily and countless unregistered positives from home testing. Measures like mandatory masking and distancing have had negligible or at most small effects on transmission. Large-scale population quarantines only delay the inevitable. Vaccination and boosters haven’t halted Omicron disease spread; heavily vaccinated nations such as Israel and Australia have more daily cases per capita than any place on earth at the moment. This wave will run its course despite all of the emergency measures.
Given that Omicron, with its mild infection, is running its course to the end, there’s no justification for maintaining emergency status. The lockdowns, personnel firings, shortages, and school disruptions have done at least as much damage to the population’s health and welfare as the virus.
Americans have sacrificed enough of their human rights and of their livelihoods for two years in the service of protecting the general public health. Omicron is circulating but it’s not an emergency. The emergency is over. The current emergency declaration must be canceled. It’s time.
WIND: a sad state of affairs to have to call for what was already clear 20 months ago in the Great Barrington Declaration.
Cowards and fascists need popular opinion to turn their path. We are now seeing the first signs of that, you need only watch CNN or its ilk.
Here in California, the COVID-terrorized are still masked-up outdoors and alone walking and on bicycles. Most people will do just about anything their government tells them, up to and including killing (history shows that).