" Let's go surfin now; everybody's learnin how; come on and go Covid Omicron surfin with me."
With apologies to the Beach Boys, the Omicron Covid wave is cresting and about to hit the shores of the United States.
If you get the "media advisories" from the SAO, then you will know multiple prosecutors have come down with Covid over the last few days. And yet...having been in the courthouse frequently the last two weeks, we continually see prosecutors in court sans masks. As if they think they cannot get Covid.
For allegedly smart and accomplished people, they are pretty dumb.
The CDC is reporting not only two-vaccine Omicron vaccine breakthrough, but booster breakthrough as well. Now, before you lunk heads who are not vaccinated start emailing us about how this proves vaccines are worthless, they are not. The data is that there is significant protection with the booster, and the hospitalization rates for vaccinated people are very low. Trust us, there is a significant difference being home and being miserable and lying in a hospital room as they pump propofol in you as you lose consciousness as you're being intubated, with the knowledge these are most likely your last conscious thoughts for eternity. Or pretty much the same way you feel waiting to be called in Hialeah branch court.
So here is the problem. Since Omicron acts like Rumpole on cross (break throughs and breakdowns) then medical personnel are going to be hit as well. Which means when you go to the ER because you're having trouble breathing, and there is a line of 2-3 thousand people ahead of you, and there are no doctors or nurses because they are home sick, you're going to wish you were vaccinated.
Meanwhile we want to know what our courts are going to do?
Federal magistrates have in person hearings. The REGJB is mixed. But lawyers, clerks, litigants and even judges should not be in public during Omicron.
Other than that, have a happy holiday season.