Restraint is key as COVID-19 continues on

Source: Orange County Register
by the editorial board

“The United States and the state of California are in a much better position than anyone could have imagined at the start of the pandemic. The vast majority of Americans are now vaccinated, and about a third of vaccinated Americans have already received a booster shot. Effective treatments are constantly being developed to dramatically reduce the harms of COVID-19, while testing is now broadly available and commonly utilized. While some Americans have chosen to make the wearing of masks a culture war issue, most Americans have developed sensibilities about wearing them when it makes sense to do so with or without a government mandate. Taken together, it makes sense for states to have more autonomy from the federal government in how they handle the pandemic and it similarly makes sense for individuals and businesses to have more autonomy from state mandates.” (12/31/21)