Marking the 2 Year Anniversary of COVID-19
Recognizing brave frontline workers, monumental medical advancements, and other long-term positive outcomes
It is tough to believe, but it was this month, 2 years ago, when New York City and most of the world imposed restrictions on restaurants, gyms, schools and travel in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Since then, we have been consumed in learning every detail of this “mystery virus” from its impact on society to its effect on the health of our loved ones.
As we reflect back to the genesis of the pandemic when much of the world went into lockdown, we acknowledge and admire the bravery of those essential individuals who put themselves at risk to maintain access to critical resources such as grocery stores and hospitals. Chief among these urgent needs was a vaccine and we honor the medical scientists and their stakeholders who worked tirelessly to deliver the COVID vaccination on an unprecedented timeline, giving way for most Americans to see their loved ones in-person again and return to some normalcy.
According to the CDC COVID-19 data tracker, 65% of the US population is now fully vaccinated, with more people getting vaccinated and boosted everyday. In fact, with eligibility for the COVID-19 booster dose being extended to individuals 12 and older, plans have been announced to distribute and administer boosters in over 80,000 locations in the US, including over 40,000 local pharmacies.
In addition to the remarkable scientific and medical achievements that emerged in response to COVID-19, there have also been positive shifts towards healthcare priorities that champion disease prevention and overall wellness. We hope the below can become long-term positive outcomes of the work done these past two years.
- Mental health takes a leading role in health conversations and support is more widely available
- Individuals and families integrate some of the “slower pace” experiences they enjoyed from the pandemic
- Communities continue to care for and support each other, like the incredible medical students at Mount Sinai’s Icahn School of Medicine who recently volunteered their time during the latest Omicron wave
- Individuals take advantage of preventive health practices and get more involved in their own health
- Virtual video visits become a common form of engagement with healthcare providers, helping people improve their continuity of care
- Hand washing and other hygienic practices help reduce the spread of illness, such as the record low cases of flu these past couple seasons
- Medical professionals continue to receive the support and trust from their communities
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