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"Everyone is Planning for a COVID-free Summer"

Fortune interviewed Dr. Vickie Mays, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor of health policy and management, and Dr. Timothy Brewer, professor of epidemiology, about the future of the pandemic and the psychological impact of lessened pandemic control measures

Tuesday, March 1, 2022

It’s been more than two years now since the coronavirus pandemic first arrived in the U.S., and it’s no surprise that “COVID fatigue” is setting in among many Americans who are ready to move on from the pandemic.

Roughly three in four adults across age, gender, race, political affiliation, and income groups said that “tired” and “frustrated” best describe how they feel about the current state of the pandemic, according to a late January survey conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

And as we begin to finally inch past the Omicron winter surge that infected millions in the past few months, many Americans are looking forward to the promise of a post-pandemic summer, free from mask mandates and social distancing. But even though people are ready to enjoy their summers again, experts agree that the virus has blindsided us many times before, and predicting what the pandemic will look like in five months is next to impossible.