1) WE’RE NOT DONE WITH COVID
We’d love to shout, “The End!” and have COVID stop making people sick, but that’s not something we can do. What public health and partners can do is shift out of emergency mode and approach COVID as a threat that is here to stay, like many other contagious and potentially severe diseases.
The end of the emergency doesn’t mean the illness is less serious. We can’t lose sight of the toll it has taken – more than 1,500 lives lost in Snohomish County since 2020.
We’re focusing now on long-term efforts to reduce the spread and impacts of this disease. We have vaccines, treatments, and knowledge we didn’t have when the emergency was first declared, as well as good prevention habits we’ve used throughout the pandemic like handwashing, masking when appropriate, and staying home if we are ill.
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