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OPINION | EDITORIAL: Omicron parties?

January 12, 2022 at 3:59 a.m.

Apparently this is a thing: Folks are purposely trying to catch the new omicron version of covid-19, all the better to "get it over with" so they don't have to worry about it any more. Covid fatigue is real.

But this isn't the chicken pox.

Remember when some moms had chicken pox parties? That was big for a certain generation of kids. Parents thought it wise just to get it all over with. A doctor tells CNN there are several reasons why folks shouldn't go that route today.

Dr. Paul Offit, director of the Vaccine Education Center at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia--which sounds like he ought to know things--said the idea of intentionally trying to catch omicron "is all the rage." And he didn't mean it in a good way.

First, covid-19 isn't a bad cold, he says. It's a disease. You could get long covid. You could spread the disease to others, who might not be as strong. And, he added, don't mess with Mother Nature: "She's been trying to kill us ever since we crawled out of the ocean onto the land."

Want to be through with covid? Then we need more vaccinated people. And boosted people. As a football coach once said, this isn't rocket surgery.

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