The attitude locally seems to be "everyone will get it." I know people who are sick with coronavirus fully intending to go to the DMV and other public places because what can you do? These are responsible people who have seen everyone else be irresponsible and not care, so they have stopped caring.
I believe this is fatigue. In particular, "why should I behave when others are not "https://www.stamfordadvocate.com/news/a ... 469c16dd67People have “heard or don’t believe” that the virus can be contained, Caplan said, and a part of that problem is messaging.
I've posted enough links in this thread on the hospital crisis. Meh, people don't care.
Again your links to the situation in Colorado are of interest to me in NZ as a broadly comparable society but very much further advanced in an omicron outbreak.
Also very relevant here is the progress from a very similar state at the end of November to the current positions of the various Australian States especially NSW. NSW that radically departed from a previous containment strategy to "freedom" and is now suffering from unprecedented deaths and disruption to commerce and society. The only thing now being offered is that they are closer to the end, whatever that is, then they were before.
Here we are apprehensively waiting for all the Omicron cases arriving across our border to manifest as cases in our community.
In fact this has probably already occurred.
Yesterday our government signalled that this will trigger an immediate country wide elevation from our current orange control setting to the more rigourous red setting. Red is not a lockdown, but local lockdowns could be imposed as well as internal travel restrictions under this setting.
We have also been told to stock up supplies in case we are made to isolate, we will be expected to survive at home for a week or so without restocking.
But restaurants, and events can still occur subject to vaccination status checks, ultimate capacity, and density limitations.
Given the ultimate PCR laboratory testing capacity is limited RAT testing will become widespread and be free.
The government has currently 5 million RAT tests in stock, for our 5 million population. Not nearly enough I fear, and while many more millions are on order, the government is being cagey on expected delivery times.
The strategy is back to the very original "flatten the curve" a trade off, of peak surge, against surge duration, to hopefully remain within healthcare effective capacity.
Our vaccination centres are very busy delivering 3rd doses and 1st doses to 5 to 11 year olds as well as continuing with the original program.
Currently we have administered 8.85 million doses to our 5.1 million people at a current rate of 1% of the population per day, 51000 doses daily.
Basically all Pfizer.
And we are relitively well placed. Our vaccination rates are high, and with only 22 covid cases in hospital, 1 in ICU hospitals and their staff have had a period of respite, and staff have had an opportunity to have a summer holiday and partake in the seasonal festivities remarkably unrestricted.