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An Endless Pandemic

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Omicron shows us the end of the pandemic because people have realized that they cannot stop their lives because of mild flu-like symptoms. Despite mandates and lockdowns, we are all getting infected and everything remains the same. If the fear of COVID is over, the pandemic is equally over, because the only thing that keeps it going is hysteria.

With a minimal mortality rate in most of the countries where vaccination has advanced, it makes no sense to keep intact the tyrannical sanitary restrictions that are having more lethal consequences than the virus itself.

For example, this week we learned that suicide took more lives among young people than the coronavirus itself during all of 2021. It would not be unreasonable to assert that quarantines and lockdowns would have something to do with it.

But now, when it is clear that we have to put this bitter episode behind us, we are told that a new variant has emerged that is the mixture of the other variant with I don’t know what. And so on, every week. When we lose our fear of a variant that was presented to us as doomsday, another one appears, with a more complex name to trigger panic. And so on, an eternal, senseless, irrational loop, but very convenient for sanitarily authoritarian governments, such as the one in Australia.

Now, changing the subject a bit, did you see that the left  tried to cancel J.K. Rowling and erase her from the highly successful Harry Potter saga? It sounds absurd, but there was a campaign. They couldn’t and no one paid attention to them. That, to me, shows that we are facing the end of cancel culture.

Orlando Avendaño is the co-editor-in-chief of El American. He is a Venezuelan journalist and has studies in the History of Venezuela. He is the author of the book Days of submission // Orlando Avendaño es el co-editor en Jefe de El American. Es periodista venezolano y cuenta con estudios en Historia de Venezuela. Es autor del libro Días de sumisión.

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