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What we need to do to make next year look a lot less like this one

Colm McCarthy


Cynics thought Covid would be “just like the flu” but were wrong. Yet can we turn this illness into a seasonal one?

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People take antigen tests before a music festival in Dublin. Photo: Gerry Mooney

People take antigen tests before a music festival in Dublin. Photo: Gerry Mooney

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A common narrative during spring and summer of last year, with European governments struggling to respond to the new epidemic, was the downplaying of Covid as “just like the flu”, a seasonal nuisance long familiar in the northern hemisphere.

Initially deployed as justification for resistance to public health measures, the narrative re-emerged among the vaccine-hesitant earlier this year as governments mobilised their programmes to inoculate the population.


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