Our View: Restrictions, either from Society or Our Government, May Be Following Omicron | Our opinions
Deceive me once, shame on you. Cheat on me twice, shame on me.
But one fifth ascend?
In Louisiana, the crowd that is ashamed of us is a lot of people, and not just those now familiar to hear criticize, the unvaccinated population.
From just one or two cases, the highly contagious omicron variant has spread like wildfire across the state, with every region affected. The new variant was responsible for the majority of cases in Louisiana within just a few weeks.
And the number of cases has exploded, even as some test sites were closed for the winter holidays.
The good news is that so far many people have a relatively mild case, although it can be quite painful even at home. Events changed so rapidly in just a few days and the authorities of President Joe Biden have struggled to cope with this new crisis. There can only be speculation as to how a return to actual winter weather would hurt Louisiana more.
Our balmy days of late are not likely to continue. Any disease will thrive in closer neighborhoods, whether in the cold northern states or in slightly less cold weather in our regions, when people are further indoors.
The Louisiana Department of Health is working overtime to address issues with the omicron variant. And most of their advice is as familiar as the experience of the past two years: even people who have been vaccinated should wear masks in indoor public spaces, in any indoor space with people outside of their immediate household and away. ‘outside if it is not possible to keep at least 6 feet from others
Social distancing is back, with a vengeance.
Authorities said people who can work remotely should do so, and everyone should limit exposure to people outside their daily homes.
From experience, we wonder if such exhortations will be enough and authorities like Governor John Bel Edwards, who has not hesitated to do what good science recommends in this crisis, will impose additional demands.
But if we accepted it, we wouldn’t welcome it. Society is at its lowest as omicron threatens the progress made by our painful pandemic adjustments. A mask warrant isn’t a critical issue after all of this, but it’s not something that will bring joy to anyone.
Especially the vaccinated, who considered themselves for a time as a presbytery protected by elected officials during the crisis. Omicron has brought social distances back into our lives.
This is not to say that vaccination is not an extremely important way to protect yourself against the disease.
The low vaccination rate in our state is indeed criminal negligence on the part of thousands of our friends and neighbors. Many are paying for the mistake, as the health ministry has said about four in five patients in today’s growing hospitalizations are unvaccinated.
We deeply regret it. As no less than former President Donald Trump said, vaccinations and the booster must be taken by all eligible people.
With medical resources and hospitals in such strain, Trump’s statements are welcome, because in Louisiana we are trying to manage the hand that has been given to us.