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Officially at least, pandemic comes to an end

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Three years later and it’s finally over, at least officially. President Biden essentially has declared the Covid-19 pandemic to be over with the signing of legislation putting an end to two national emergencies. That means no more free tests or free vaccines. The federal government will no longer manage the development of vaccines and treatments. The costs are expected to skyrocket, with Pfizer saying it will charge as much as $130 per dose. There will be no more coronavirus press briefings at the White House. Labs will no longer have to report testing data to the Department of Health Services.  But most Americans have already moved on from Covid. Booster rates are dropping, and many stopped wearing masks long ago. Even Mayo Clinic has dropped its mask requirement for most patients and visitors. Still, Covid deaths and illnesses remain alarmingly high. More than 1700 Americans died of Covid just last week, according to the CDC. The virus claimed the lives of more than 1 million Americans since the outbreak began. Covid remains a serious threat. While the pandemic may have come to a bureaucratic end, we may still be feeling the effects for years to come.

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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