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When will we treat COVID like the flu? | Letters
Here’s what readers are saying in Monday’s letters to the editor.
People line up and receive test kits to detect COVID-19 as they are distributed in New York on Dec. 23, 2021. More than a year after the vaccine was rolled out, new cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. have soared to their highest level on record at over 265,000 per day on average, a surge driven largely by the highly contagious omicron variant. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle, File)
People line up and receive test kits to detect COVID-19 as they are distributed in New York on Dec. 23, 2021. More than a year after the vaccine was rolled out, new cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. have soared to their highest level on record at over 265,000 per day on average, a surge driven largely by the highly contagious omicron variant. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle, File) [ CRAIG RUTTLE | AP ]
Published Jan. 3

When will we treat COVID like the flu?

How Floridians can beat omicron | Perspective, Jan. 2

I have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19. But when can we mentally start treating this like the flu? Every year the flu kills tens of thousands of Americans. But we don’t keep a running total. In contrast, we do keep a running total of the more than 800,000 killed by COVID. Every year there is a new flu mutation, so we need a new flu shot. Nobody thinks anything of this. And nobody knows or cares what flu variant we are on. So instead of an annual flu shot, maybe we will need a twice-a-year COVID shot. COVID kills more than the flu. Wearing a mask and social distancing, something we don’t do for the flu, seems like a good precaution. I’m 68 and I’ve never seen this type of hysteria reporting over the flu. It’s time for the media to ease up on the hysteria reporting and get to flu-like reporting.

Russ A. Johnson, Hudson

God’s ways

COVID-19 cases soar to highest levels on record | Dec. 30

Those who object to COVID vaccinations on religious grounds remind me of the story of God and the rowboat. During a large flood, a man was trapped on his roof and was praying to God to be saved. A rowboat came along and the man refused a ride saying God would save him. The same happened with a larger rescue boat and then a helicopter. Then man drowned and when he was at the gates of heaven he asked God why he had forsaken him, to which God replied “I sent you a rowboat, rescue boat and a helicopter. What more did you want?” The same can be said of a vaccine. God gave us three different vaccines to save ourselves but people still refuse.

Tim Woodall, Valrico

A material world

1 in 3 Americans just racked more than $1,200 in holiday debt |Dec. 30

During December, consumer spending jumps four to five times that of an average month, and it is financed mostly by credit, money the banks create out of thin air. Credit cards entice people to live beyond their means. The American dream for the average Joe is, live to work and pay off debt. Christmas is nothing more than a child’s initiation into our debt-ridden materialistic world. Love, security and a stable home are the best gifts to give a child growing up in a world indifferent to human suffering.

James Papastavrou, Oldsmar