The political scientist Mounk: “Omicron? It is the beginning of the end of the pandemic as a social phenomenon “

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“Omicron marks the beginning of the end”: this is the title of a recent article signed by political scientist Yascha Mounk for the magazine The Atlantic. Achieved since Corriere della Sera, the political scientist explains that “there are two ways in which the pandemic could end in 2022. The first is biological, the second is social”. As for the first, he states:

“Discovering that Omicron does not make the vast majority of people seriously ill and that exposure to this variant, when vaccinated, protects against future strains; thus the objective threat of Covid would cease to be significant. But this is a conjecture. We do not know if this will be the case, even if it is a hope and a plausible scenario “.

On the second, the social end of the pandemic (the one illustrated in the article by The Atlantic) dice:

“It consists of saying that we have become accustomed to the fact that our lives will involve more risks in 2022 than in 2019, but collectively and individually we choose that living more normally is worth taking those risks.”

For Yascha Mounk, this new phase will be possible thanks to vaccines but not only. The political scientist identifies three aspects:

“… Not being able to see your family for Christmas is only sustainable for a limited time. The second is that the objective risks of the virus are significantly lower now than in March 2020 because in a country like Italy over 80% of the population is vaccinated and many have had some contact with the virus, and then the ability has improved thanks to the experience of doctors and new drugs. The third aspect is tiredness: we have been worried for so long, we can’t take it anymore “.

Consequently, the expert concludes, “governments apply some restrictions, people are a little more careful, but they are not willing to turn their lives upside down like in the spring of 2020”.


Source: Huffington Post Italy Athena2 by www.huffingtonpost.it.

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