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COVID-19: We can do more to end this pandemic

We’ve gotten through our Thanksgiving family gatherings, and just as we await any potential increase in the number of COVID-19 cases brought on by all that together time, Americans get word that a new version of the monster has emerged: the omicron variant.

“There is concern that this new variant demonstrates one, that COVID’s not over but two, it just demonstrates the capability the virus still has to try to navigate our immune response,” West Virginia COVID-19 czar Dr. Clay Marsh told another media outlet Monday.

With the omicron variant popping up all over the world and prompting travel restrictions, it is only a matter of time before we learn whether it creates the surge caused by earlier variants.

“At least early in this assessment in South Africa, the omicron variant has been very able in certain areas of South Africa to outcompete delta, which is a concern for us because delta, as you know, has been the dominant virus for the past several months,” Marsh told MetroNews.

It is simply common sense that the longer we hesitate to do ALL the right things to stem the spread of COVID-19 and its variants, the more chance we give it to evolve. The more time it has to evolve, the longer we will be in its grip.

For goodness sake is that what those who are hesitating to get vaccinated or arguing about wearing a mask want? Surely not. But the evidence is right in front of us, folks. We have the tools to squash this thing, and instead, we keep giving it windows to find new ways to kill us.

Get vaccinated. If you are fully vaccinated, get the booster, if you are eligible. Wear your masks even once you’ve received those shots. Wash and sanitize your hands, stay distanced. Be smart.

It has been nearly two years, folks. There’s nothing political about it. While COVID-19 mutates its way through the Greek alphabet, we are failing each other. We can and must do better.

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