Next Phase on Omicron Pandemic: Live-with-it


According to Politico, the White House is considering a new Covid pandemic strategy which aims is to “containing the coronavirus and conditioning Americans to live with it”. What this means is that virus infections may remain high but at manageable level dubbed as “new normal”.

“The preparations are designed to capitalize on a break in the monthslong Covid-19 surge, with officials anticipating a spring lull that could boost the nation’s mood and lift President Joe Biden’s approval ratings at a critical moment for his party.”

“We are moving toward a time when Covid doesn’t disrupt our daily lives. But in order to get people to view the pandemic differently, they have to feel differently about the pandemic.”

– One senior administration official told Politico

According to Politico, federal health officials currently believe that the “worst” of Omicron surge is over. “All these things add up, when you step back and look at them, to us being in a very different place than we were in February 2021. We have the tools to protect people,” the senior official reportedly told.

Leslie Dach, a former senior health official and chair of the Democrat-aligned group Protect Our Care, told Politico “The best political strategy is not to have it dominate the news every day. You want a felt experience in November, where you’re back to leading a normal life and you feel like the president’s accomplished things and addressed the issues you care about.”

“We can really get to a much more active, less fearful, more normal style of living. We have to reset people’s expectation that they can get back to joy.”

Coronavirus-19 vaccination watch

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID vaccination tracker page (as of February 4, 9 a.m.) 670,318,455 doses have been distributed and 541,999,800 doses administered. According MDH COVID-19 Response vaccine data (as of Feb 2) a total of 9,249,964 doses of Covid-19 (Pfizer & Moderna) vaccines have been administered in Minnesota. According to the MDH latest tally (as of February 4) the confirmed COVID-19 cases in Minnesota are 1,359,058 (out of 18,136,053 tested) with 11,599 deaths.