What lessons can be learned from the 2nd wave in order to avoid a 3rd?

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After a very intense, unprecedented first pandemic wave, which affected us both as human beings and on a societal level, last summer was marked by the aspiration for a return to legitimate normalcy after a spring of restrictions and deprivation. These hopes of a return to “life before” were severely dampened by the partial containment measures taken by the authorities when the dreaded 2nd wave of covid struck us at the start of autumn. Had the stakes been underestimated? Had we subconsciously put the virus aside hoping it wouldn’t come back, like a reality we didn’t want to see, not accept?

A better understanding of the spread of the virus and its modes of transmission, favored by the multiplication of tests, has fueled new fears of saturation of medical and health resources, and restrictive political decisions have been taken, in particular on the grounds of “bad behavior of the population ”. This stigmatization has resulted in a questioning, even rejection of the authorities by a growing number of citizens, reinforcing the gap between the population and the governments. The increased visibility of the virus suddenly reactivated the sense of collective anxiety, further straining our decision-making structures. The authorities responded to this heightened anxiety with strong responses, which seem to have borne fruit, but for all that …

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