By Joseph Choi with Commentary by Michael Lerner

Biden had hoped we were past the worst by July 4. Then Delta happened. Fauci has the new message:  “Things are gonna get worse…[but] I don’t think we’re gonna see lockdowns.”
Here is the new reality: 
There likely won’t be lockdowns .But Delta is 1000 times more contagious. The fight over boosters will be an intense one with $billions at stake for Pfizer and Moderna.
Our calculus will be different in almost everything we do. 
Is this risk worth it to me? We will ask that almost every day. And people will ask —- Do I want a job that requires I take risks I don’t want to live with?–Do I want my kids in school?–Do I want to teach in a school?   –Or, more commonly, do I have to live and work with risks I absolutely don’t want to take? 
So the massive restructuring of life will continue.   The hold of technology on our lives will continue to grow. And it won’t be just because of Covid — the global polycrisis will continue to weigh in with its over two dozen global stressors
creating unpredictable future shots of growing frequency and intensity.  (resilienceproject.ngo). Example:  the heat is baking the Northern hemisphere now.  What will happen in six months when climate change turns its attention to the Global South? Example:  what will happen to the millions of Americans losing their homes because the subsidies are ending? Example:  what if the virus creates another variant that escapes the vaccines better and may be just as virulent and possibly more severe?

We have entered the global polycrisis, the Great Turning, the Great Unravelling, or TEOTWAWKI (online — the end of the world as we know it).  The Change has come.  How will we  learn to navigate the change?  What can we save that is worth saving?  Covid and  the climate emergency are the present poster children for the polycrisis.  Who knows what other forces — social, environmental,  technological or financial/economic — are awaiting their star turn?

Michael Lerner

From The Hill:

Chief White House medical adviser Anthony Fauci on Sunday warned that “things are going to get worse” and that the U.S. will likely see more “pain and suffering” as the more infectious delta variant drives a surge in COVID-19 cases.

Host Jonathan Karl on ABC’s “This Week” asked Fauci if the U.S. would see a return to lockdown conditions that were seen last year or if this surge is just a “temporary setback.”

“John, I don’t think we’re gonna see lockdowns. I think we have enough of the percentage of people in the country — not enough to crush the outbreak — but I believe enough to not allow us to get into the situation we were in last winter,” Fauci said.


Chief White House medical adviser Anthony Fauci on Sunday warned that “things are going to get worse” and that the U.S. will likely see more “pain and suffering” as the more infectious delta variant drives a surge in COVID-19 cases.

Host Jonathan Karl on ABC’s “This Week” asked Fauci if the U.S. would see a return to lockdown conditions that were seen last year or if this surge is just a “temporary setback.”

“John, I don’t think we’re gonna see lockdowns. I think we have enough of the percentage of people in the country — not enough to crush the outbreak — but I believe enough to not allow us to get into the situation we were in last winter,” Fauci said.https://platform.twitter.com/embed/Tweet.html?dnt=false&embedId=twitter-widget-0&features=eyJ0ZndfZXhwZXJpbWVudHNfY29va2llX2V4cGlyYXRpb24iOnsiYnVja2V0IjoxMjA5NjAwLCJ2ZXJzaW9uIjpudWxsfSwidGZ3X2hvcml6b25fdHdlZXRfZW1iZWRfOTU1NSI6eyJidWNrZXQiOiJodGUiLCJ2ZXJzaW9uIjpudWxsfSwidGZ3X3NwYWNlX2NhcmQiOnsiYnVja2V0Ijoib2ZmIiwidmVyc2lvbiI6bnVsbH19&frame=false&hideCard=false&hideThread=false&id=1421820324077785088&lang=en&origin=https%3A%2F%2Fthehill.com%2Fhomenews%2Fsunday-talk-shows%2F565824-fauci-says-things-are-going-to-get-worse-as-delta-variant-pushes&sessionId=d772410d8255e1fac5eadeb649cc8ba4fbb82d90&theme=light&widgetsVersion=1890d59c%3A1627936082797&width=550px

However, Fauci bemoaned how quickly the seven-day average in new cases has gone up, noting that around 100 million people in the U.S. who are eligible for vaccination have yet to be immunized.

“We are seeing an outbreak of the unvaccinated,” Fauci said, repeating the oft-stated assessment that health experts and lawmakers have made of the latest surge.

He stressed that although breakthrough cases among vaccinated individuals are being seen, they are to be expected, as no vaccine is 100 percent effective.

“We’re looking not, I believe, to lock down, but we’re looking to some pain and suffering in the future because we’re seeing the cases go up, which is the reason why we keep saying over and over again, ‘The solution to this is get vaccinated, and this would not be happening,'” Fauci said.

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