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Mark Gongloff

Hong Kong's ‘Covid Zero’ Policy Meets Its Match in Omicron

Steep pandemic defenses are failing before the highly contagious variant.

Groundhog Day.

Groundhog Day.

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Though it has extracted a nightmarish cost in human lives and misery, one advantage of basically letting the Covid pandemic have its way with the unvaccinated — call it the “vaxxed and done” approach — is that eventually we should build a thick armor of something like herd immunity. The disease will be an endemic annoyance, like the flu or smooth jazz, and life will be normal.