With the rise of the omicron coronavirus variant, public health conventional wisdom has seemed to flip almost overnight — but don’t expect any apologies.
The liberal political establishment seems to think it can dictate truth and morality, but reality is getting in the way.
Jen Rubin — a fiercely anti-Trump essayist who served as the Washington Post’s token “conservative” before disavowing the label last year — declared Tuesday it was time to “stop agonizing over ‘cases'” as a pandemic barometer and instead focus on hospitalizations and deaths.
As we recognize that covid-19 is not a deadly or even severe disease for the vast majority of responsible Americans, we can stop agonizing over “cases” and focus on those who are hospitalized or at risk of dying.https://t.co/S4OQD7R58u
— Jennifer 'pro-voting' Rubin (@JRubinBlogger) December 28, 2021
By contrast, Rubin in July criticized Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis for downplaying rising case numbers in his state.
- “Now that Joe Biden is about to have an all time covid case high set one year into his administration his allies are suddenly arguing cases don’t matter and it’s time to get back to normal for most people,” conservative sports pundit Clay Travis tweeted in response to Rubin.
Rubin’s tweet was part of a larger flipping of the COVID-19 script as omicron has blanketed the U.S. in relatively mild illness.
1. Then: Contracting the coronavirus is a moral failing.
Being a conservative anti-mask activist or radio talkshow host getting Covid now seems to come with the territory. Like sailors of old infected with the French Pox, they’re suffering from both impulsivity and ignorance.
— Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) September 1, 2021
Now: Don’t be a COVID-shamer.
Opinion by Helaine Olen: The covid blame game focuses on the wrong thing https://t.co/leRBXMIzPu
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) December 24, 2021
2. Then: The goal is zero cases.
“We also collectively need to keep focused on what should be our main target: a path to near zero case incidence,” Danielle Allen, director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University, said in July of last year, echoing other public health experts.
Now: Everyone’s going to get it at some point.
I've accepted that we are all going to get covid. Vaccines and treatments will keep us from dying. The unvaccinated won't be as lucky — and frankly at this point I have zero sympathy for whatever horrors they face. They've had every opportunity to protect themselves.
— Emily C. Singer (@CahnEmily) December 22, 2021
3. Then: Masking is salvation.
— Jill Lawrence (@JillDLawrence) June 24, 2020
Now: Most masks don’t actually work.
And just like that CNN admits cloth masks do not stop COVID
We are in the turn pic.twitter.com/qzbzOellzC
— Jack Posobiec ✝️ (@JackPosobiec) December 28, 2021