A while ago, I asked, “Do Biden and Fauci Plan on Getting Omicron Themselves?“:
This isn’t a gotcha question. Yes, Biden is the president and Fauci the head of NIAID and someone with considerable influence in the administration. But that’s not why I mention Biden and Fauci. I mention them because they are both 79 year-old men, and that alone is a significant risk factor for serious COVID (though I’m sure they both have access to excellent medical care, which always helps).
You see, over the last week, some Thinky Thought Leaders and The Substack Bois have decided We’re All Going To Get Omicron, so we might as well embrace a de facto Great Barrington Declaration (I was going to write a kinder, gentler Great Barrington Declaration, but there’s nothing much kinder or gentler about the current approach). Obviously, we need to crush the curve right now to keep society functioning, especially our healthcare system, but what’s the long term plan?
Are Biden and Fauci copasetic with getting Omicron? (and let’s not forget, we were doing a crappy job against Delta, and there are no guarantees that Delta will vanish either). Have they resigned themselves to Getting Omicron, or is there some sort of long-term plan?
Last week, Biden announced that he’ll forgo the dining portion of the White House Correspondents Dinner, and Fauci said he would skip it entirely.
So we know their answers. All right we are two nations, I suppose.
Aside: At least one Gridiron Dinner attendee still has symptoms, and she was vaccinated and boosted. Obviously, a point estimate of ‘long COVID’ from the Gridiron Dinner is silly, but that would be around one percent.