As the nation re-opens in the sunset of coronavirus, Americans have begun to shed the masks and return to normal with live music and summer travel putting the pandemic in the rear-view mirror.
Life is moving on across the country, even in New York and California, whose residents suffered the most severe restrictions of their lives and liberty while the free states of Texas and Florida moved on from Dr. Anthony Fauci’s draconian prescriptions months earlier. But America isn’t back to normal.
Masks are still required in planes and airports, millions of kids remain uncertain over what the fall classroom looks like, and hysteria grips no small part of the population, who cling to their facial coverings while summer camps hesitate to offer relief to children after a long, arduous school year. Yet some parents gripped by pandemic fear even in the presence of not one, but three effective vaccines for the novel coronavirus still won’t let their children go to camp.
On Sunday, one mother wrote into a Slate advice column asking whether it was safe to send her 15-year-old daughter to a two-week art camp after a “terrible” school year.
“My every instinct is screaming at me that this is a bad idea,” she wrote, “plus, I don’t want to pretend I’m OK with the camp happening at all under these circumstances, and I think there’s a good chance somebody’s kid is going to get sick.”
Except, of the more than 600,000 Americans estimated to succumb to COVID-19, about 300 among those were under the age of 18.
Slate’s advice is awful, bordering on misinformation. *Vaccinated* teenagers are not at risk whatsoever. The advice-seeker said her kid was vaccinated, so for that kid it’s safe. pic.twitter.com/9FjTq6OvYP
— Robby Soave (@robbysoave) June 16, 2021
Such unwavering hysteria exemplifies many in the nation’s struggle to embrace a true return to normal, rejecting science and personal responsibility for the sake of those who demand life with absolute zero risk at others’ expense. But as most of the nation sees normal return, Americans must not become apathetic to the mitigation efforts that threaten
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