Do Eased Restrictions Mean the COVID-19 Pandemic Is Over? – FNHA

​It’s best to hang on to your masks and sanitizers for now. Meanwhile, get your booster shot!

A message from Dr. Helena Swinkels, Office of the Chief Medical Officer

After a long two years of trying to avoid COVID-19, many of us are starting to feel like we can breathe safely again. As mask mandates and other COVID-19 restrictions have become a matter of personal or community choice, it may even feel like the pandemic is over.

While that may be true to some extent, COVID-19 is definitely here to stay—as an “endemic” virus, which means one that affects far fewer people and is manageable, like the seasonal flu and other respiratory viruses.

Knowing this, we need to find the right balance to live with COVID-19 and its many variants (known and yet to be identified) while minimizing its impacts. In doing so, we must be mindful to move forward with thoughtfulness, kindness, and consideration towards individuals and communities for whom the risk of COVID-19 infection remains high.

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