03.12.2022 | Forbes

By Steve Brozak

Sophocles and his Greek tragedian brethren knew how to exploit the most compelling of human behaviors to tell a story. The sin of hubris, excessive pride, or self-confidence as demonstrated by their royal or god-like protagonists–often expressed in defiance of the gods–inevitably led to their downfall.

With the U.S. death count from Covid-19 on a path reach 1 million by the end of April, 2022, this pandemic could surely be viewed as a modern Greek tragedy. Our deeply flawed approach to health care is largely responsible for this outcome. However, even as the Greek gods occasionally provided guidance to their impolitic subjects, last Monday, a celebrated group of policy, public health, and science experts provided us with a clear and achievable roadmap leading us to, what they christened, our Next Normal. Getting to and Sustaining the Next Normal: A Roadmap for Living with COVID is the result of this all too rare type of collaboration. The work presents a consensus of thought, not a fiat or mandate. Hubris takes a back seat.

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