"No one gave a second thought to the safety of dining out before the pandemic.
Fast-forward to today, and it’s normal to wonder whether there is a city, state
or federal policy around whether you need a mask or proof of vaccination to eat
in a restaurant. The public policies around dining and many other activities
have changed multiple times over the course of the pandemic. These rules are
also often different from place to place. For millions of parents like my wife
and me, the guidelines regarding children can be especially frustrating, as
they seem to change constantly.
I am the former director of the University of Virginia’s Center for Health
Policy and a practicing surgeon. I have followed both the development and rapid
implementation of public policy in response to COVID-19, and I, like many
people, have struggled to stay up to date.
Typically, meaningful changes to federal health policy happen at a glacial
pace. But the modern world has never faced a public health crisis that has
changed as quickly as the pandemic. The constant back and forth of rules can be
frustrating, but policy changes aren’t usually a sign of mistakes. Rather, they
show that for the most part, policymakers are getting things right over and
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics