I support the lifting of the mandates, all of them. I am a person at risk and it's my personal responsibility to protect myself. During periods when I am more immune compromised, it's my job to avoid crowds, uncooked food, and places where I may be at increased risk. I can't expect the entire world to restrict their lives for my benefit, that's not realistic.
The mandates are causing so many other ills. Children are not developing properly because they can't see full human faces, seniors are locked in long-term care homes and can't see their loved ones, people have lost their jobs and their livelihoods over a medical choice. The overdose rate from addiction; depression and suicide are skyrocketing. This has to end.
It's not that sick people don't matter. We matter. It's that we can't just focus on one single risk to society while ignoring all the others. If you are afraid, get vaccinated, wear a mask, socially distance, and self-isolate when necessary. Did you ever do all that during cold and flu season in the past? Protect yourself.
Jeez, a cold and flu season comparison, how laughable.
You seem to be missing the point that it is still a freaking PANDEMIC. A few days this month there were almost 4,000 dead and 500,000+ Infected Americans. The pandemic isn’t over and it’s not an endemic yet.