Moving Forward After Two Years of COVID in Michigan

There were just two cases on that first day, March 10, 2020. The first two cases that brought a pandemic that changed how we lived and even interacted with each other.

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“Many of us in health and infectious disease knew that this was not going to be over in a few months or even in a year,” said Dr. Natasha Bagdasarian, the state’s chief medical executive, “So the fact that COVID is still is with us is not as much of a surprise as you might think.”

The optimists hoped for a few rough months. The realists got two years, and counting.

“We are going to have to deal with COVID,” said Bagdasarian, “That is just the reality.”

After a nasty omicron surge, the state’s numbers are back down to very manageable levels. Life is moving on but there is still the threat of the virus. People still are getting sick and some are still dying. That’s why the state has loosened the recommendations but in some places they are still needed.

“Such as congregate settings,” said Bagdasarian, “ That will be healthcare settings and long-term care settings. We still want people to mask up if they’re in isolation or quarantine periods.”

The initial reaction to the virus will forever be debated but lessons learned will change that reaction for the next time.

“I think that some of the metrics that were taken were appropriate at the time,” said Bagdasarian, “We’re in a different time right now because we have different tools.”

For now, as many are ready for life as usual, some aren’t. The state wants to accommodate them as much as everyone else.

“There may still be folks who are reluctant to go into big crowded venues. There may be folks that still wanna keep masking and I think we need to come together as a community and support those types of decisions,” said Bagdasarian, “Everyone is making decisions right now that are best for them and they may be different from your decision or my decisions.”

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