A year ago, Ontarians were in a very bad spot. Bruce Arthur writes:
This time last year Ontario’s previous chief medical officer of health was worrying about how you cooked your turkey, and the premier was recommending gathering indoors and said the curve was flat. It wasn’t. It was a year ago, and a lifetime.
Since then, holidays have come and gone, and time has been stolen from people, and families and friends have often followed a grim new ritual of staying apart. The pandemic, though under control at the moment in Ontario, is still on. We’re not back to normal.
But we're getting there:
Thursday chief medical officer of health Dr. Kieran Moore delivered public health recommendations around Thanksgiving, and if you remembered you could see how much has changed in a year. Moore opened a door we all knew was there.
“When gathering indoors with a group of fully vaccinated individuals, you could consider removing your face covering if everyone is comfortable,” said Moore. “But if you gather indoors with people from multiple households who are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated, or you don’t know whether they’ve been vaccinated, you should wear a face covering and physically distance.”
So we still must be cautious. Dr. Isaac Bogosh, an infectious disease specialist at Toronto General Hospital says, "What’s public health going to do? [Say], ‘well if you have this many vaccinated people, and this many unvaccinated people?’ I think it’s fair to say, be cautious about a couple things: one, unvaccinated individuals; two, symptomatic individuals; and three, being around frail, elderly individuals or immunocompromised individuals. And then, is anyone at risk for infection based on what they do or where they go? And then, let common sense prevail."
I note that Maxime Bernier -- and many of his followers -- are still not vaccinated. So common sense is still having a hard time. Nonetheless, when it comes to COVID, common sense seems to be making a comeback.
Something to be thankful for.