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Virus not “magically” going away, but some progress

Scott Robert Shaw

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Today is January 20th, a day many pointed to as they predicted the coronavirus would “go away.” Their theory is that the virus wasn’t really a threat, just made out to be one for political reasons. As Joe Biden takes the oath of office today, there is no magic putting an end to the virus. But there is cause for celebration. Real progress is being made in the fight against Covid. The vaccines are being rolled out, and in Wisconsin, senior citizens now can circle their calendars as they are being told they will start being given the vaccine just five days from now. In Wisconsin, although new virus-related deaths are increasing, the rolling average of new cases has been on decline since mid-January. Today, some students in the La Crosse school district will finally be heading to their classrooms in person. With any luck, they can continue in-person learning for the rest of the school year. Make no mistake, we are not out of the woods yet. We are hearing of more strains of the virus, and the death toll continues to mount. But it is worth noting that it took quite some time to get to this point, and we all made sacrifices. We will likely have to continue to do so, but let’s not overlook the progress that has been made as the vaccine is rolled out and as our students finally head back to the classroom.

Scott Robert Shaw serves as WIZM Program Director and News Director, and delivers the morning news on WKTY, Z-93 and 95.7 The Rock. Scott has been at Mid-West Family La Crosse since 1989, and authors Wisconsin's only daily radio editorial, "As I See It" heard on WIZM each weekday morning and afternoon.

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