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News - March 4, 2022

COVID-19: What it means to move from a pandemic to an endemic

Stanford epidemiologist says that COVID-19, in some form, is likely to persist

by Sue Dremann

The number of COVID-19 cases in California is steadily declining. Mask mandates are being peeled back. And Gov. Gavin Newsom recently unveiled "California SMARTER," a plan outlining a future of public health support during the next COVID-19 phase.

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Posted by Bystander
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 4, 2022 at 12:23 pm

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As a quick look around Palo Alto in the few days since the mask mandate ended, people are still wearing masks even when they don't have to such as outside and driving alone in their cars. It will take these people sometime to change their habits because to some extent it is habit rather than any other reason. Go to other areas of the State and the country, and people are abandoning their masks and fears.

As some are still fearing the virus, as far as they are concerned this is still a pandemic. They are overly cautious and attempting to continue to spread fear of new variants. To those people, ask them what will allow them to have enough peace of mind to remove their masks and they seem to have no real idea, either by time, or by numbers, or by news.

There will be a time when entering a bank wearing a mask will be reason to expect a robbery. We are far from that yet.


Posted by The Tiger
a resident of Midtown
on Mar 4, 2022 at 1:03 pm

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“Attempting to continue to spread fear of new variants”. You should rephrase this statement or complete delete it.. I still wear mask because I am at high risk of being infected, prudent, and would rather be safe than sorry. The last thing I would want to do is to sow fear amongst the members of the community.


Posted by The Tiger
a resident of Midtown
on Mar 4, 2022 at 1:10 pm

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I still wear mask because I am at high risk of being infected. I am also being prudent since technically we’re still in pandemic mode. I would rather be safe than sorry for now. Finally, I have no intention of sowing fear amongst members of the community.


Posted by Paul
a resident of another community
on Mar 4, 2022 at 1:52 pm

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"COVID-19 infection has thus far killed 1% of the world's population, an estimated 5 million people,"

One percent of the world's population would be 79 million people, so either the percentage or the number of people is wrong, here.

By the way, the commentor who said the people are trying to spread fear is either wildly misinformed or is being malicious; best to ignore them.


Posted by Bystander
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 5, 2022 at 7:54 am

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People are trying to spread fear, rather than allow us to make up our own minds. If I want to know what is going on I can look it up myself. I do not need to be reminded that "it's still with us, it hasn't gone anywhere" everytime I look at social media or turn on the news. Yes, it is still with us, but reminding us about it for 2 years on a daily basis is spreading fear and not helpful.


Posted by John B. Sails
a resident of Midtown
on Mar 5, 2022 at 8:28 am

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Agree strongly with Bystander. The ultra-cautious and extremely sensitive appear to be unable to accept criticism. I really do not think that this yes, fear, should be the preferred role model for defeating COVID or any societal obstacle for that matter...


Posted by Sue Dremann
Palo Alto Weekly staff writer
on Mar 8, 2022 at 11:15 am

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Hi Paul,

Thank you for pointing out that the world's population number in the story is incorrect. I've updated the story with a correction.


Posted by staying home
a resident of Crescent Park
on Mar 8, 2022 at 12:03 pm

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Information does not equal fear mongering. Nor does taking pre-cautions mean I am afraid. I don't fear an accident on my bicycle but I still wear a helmet (not mandated for my age). I don't fear a car crash, but I still wear a seatbelt. I don't (didn't) go into work when I have the flu. Facts enable informed decisions.


Posted by Bystander
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 8, 2022 at 1:58 pm

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Staying home.

Thank you for making informed decision on your helmet and seatbelts. Good decision for you and everyone else.

However, we are not bombarded daily with emails, news items, social media posts, County health advisories, etc. about the need to wear a helmet and seatbelts. I also do not get the same bombardment about flu shots, shingles shots, or other health screenings either.

We are going to have to live with Covid. The clue is that we are going to have to live and Covid is now a fact of life. I hope you and I both do not have bike/car accidents, and I hope that we both do not get a bad dose of Covid. But the reality is we are going to have to step out into the world again and live our lives.

Fear mongering is no longer going to work. In fact, the more we are bombarded with news, the more likely we are to turn off the news. The information is there if we need it and we can choose for ourselves what our plans are going to be moving forward. I don't need any pictures of car crashes, smashed bike helmets, or images of needles going into arms any more. I got the memo, I don't need it repeated several times each day.


Posted by Gracie
a resident of Mountain View
on Mar 8, 2022 at 11:31 pm

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Just an FYI, many people are wearing masks because it's allergy season, and they have discovered that masks do a fantastic job of filtering out pollen. That's why I'm wearing a mask even when I'm bicycling. It's a blessing not to be besieged by allergy symptoms when I step out of the filtered air in my home.


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