Saturday, February 5, 2022

'Living with COVID': Another government lifts restrictions

The Canadian province of Saskatchewan, bordering Montana and North Dakota, is the latest government to conclude that COVID-19 is "no longer a socially dangerous disease," meaning restrictions and mandates should be lifted.

"It's time to look at ending all remaining COVID measures and restrictions," said the province's premier, Scott Moe.

He explained that the move is not because COVID is over but because "people understand it better."

"They understand what they need to do, they understand the risk, and they are prepared to live with that risk more than they are prepared to live with the ongoing government intrusion into their lives," Moe said.

He explained that while some people may be against lifting the measures, it's clear that "eradicating COVID is not realistic" or "achievable."

"But normalizing COVID, or living with COVID, most certainly is," the premier emphasized.

Moe said the "perpetual state of crisis is having a harmful impact on everyone."

He noted he recently heard someone say, "I did everything right and I still got COVID."

Moe explained that SARS-CoV-2 is a "highly transmissible virus that many people are contracting." And in its current form, the omicron variant, "both vaccinated and unvaccinated people are getting it and they are getting it at virtually the same rate."