Washington Post: We still haven’t decided what it means to ‘beat’ the pandemic

Washington Post: We still haven’t decided what it means to ‘beat’ the pandemic. “Nine months into the pandemic, debates around control still focus mostly on specific policies: Are mask mandates good or bad? Are ‘lockdowns’ worth the cost? Would home testing be effective in containing spread? What is less often discussed is what we are actually trying to accomplish with these policies. In other words, what does success look like? Is it a complete elimination of transmission of the virus? Or is it simply keeping death and hospitalization rates low enough that our health systems can continue functioning normally? Does the definition of success change when a vaccine arrives?”

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