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Tuesday, January 31, 2023
Editorial: Let’s stay home a bit longer

Our chief medical officer says if we are smart and keep COVID cases down, it’s possible we won’t see a third wave.

That’s a reason to celebrate — but not with your friends and family, just yet.

With news like that, it seems a small price to pay to continue to stay home, if it means we might not end up going back into another mandatory lockdown.

There’s no doubt people are feeling the effects of this lockdown. Combined with crummy, cold weather, it’s enough to drive us all a little bit crazy.

But keeping it up for just a while longer is so worth it.

It’s worth it for our business community, which can’t handle another forced closure.

It’s worth it for those among us who are more susceptible to COVID-19 and face a real risk of dying if they are infected.

It’s worth it to see our families again, not just for a week or two before yet another lockdown.

It’s worth it for those of us who just want to get to the pub and have a good, old-fashioned in-person conversation with a complete stranger.

It’s just worth it.

So as we head into the next few months, with spring on the horizon, let’s be cautious and heed the advice of our public health officials.

Let’s be vigilant in letting our friends and family know we want them to just stay home for now.

As the people who know the most about this are saying, even when we open up, it’s a risk.

So let’s not immediately return to sneezing on each other.

Let’s keep up the good fight — which it appears we could win.

And while we do that, let’s celebrate the fact we’re living in 2021 and the medical science is there to get us through a major pandemic.

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