Heading into the Thanksgiving holiday, hospitals across the United States are overwhelmed by a potent three-headed respiratory monster of COVID, seasonal flu, and Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). The situation is expected to get worse before it improves, and yet our public officials are sticking with their tired “vaccine only” containment strategy. The Biden Administration has even resorted to promoting $20 dollar discounts on groceries to boost flagging vaccine rates.
It doesn’t have to be this way. Among the key takeaways from the 2022 elections was voters yearning for a sense of normalcy. The populace wants to turn the page on the pandemic and the containment strategies that have been imposed upon us.
For doctors, that means returning to a pre-pandemic mindset of applying critical thinking and pushing