(November 14–21) On pandemic normality — Austria, and Germany, in lockdown for the un-vaccinated (and regionally even for the vaccinated) / Excluding the unvaxxed from daily life (and making them pay)

/ On pandemic normality — Austria, and Germany, in lockdown for the un-vaccinated (and regionally even for the vaccinated)

Pandemic normality in New South Wales (NSW) these days means about 200 daily new cases, continued high numbers of testing, stellar vaccination rates for those 16 and older, and also for those aged 12–15. (Here are yesterday’s numbers, as provided by NSW Health.) Life is back to some sense of normalcy, lots of outdoors, and indoor, dining and the like. (Someone send Sydney university administrators the memo, please.) In a quarter-mile radius of where I live in Surry Hills, there are now more than a dozen cafés of which about half opened recently. It’s beautiful to see monopolistic competition at work. No protests about pandemic powers worth mentioning. It’s just not a major issue.

/ Excluding the unvaxxed from daily life (and making them pay)

It is surprising that we really have to discuss that vaccination is the solution; NSW and Victoria are pretty convincing exhibits for the claim. The pandemic really has become one of the unvaccinated. Here is an excellent thread worth reading.

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