Not allowing Novak Djokovic into the country to play the US Open reveals a new level of government policy that is laughably outdated. Health officials should use the current debate to change course and loudly acknowledge what everyone already knows: COVID is with us to stay. Let’s act and plan accordingly.
We have officially reached the top of the absurd mountain.
Arguably the greatest tennis player in the world today, chasing history and striving to climb Mount Olympus for his sport – with COVID antibodies running through his veins – Novak Djokovic will not be allowed to compete in the US Open in a few weeks.
This policy would make sense if we could vaccinate our way out COVID waves of mass infection. Obviously we can’t. This policy would make sense if Djokovic posed any kind of threat to the public health of Americans. Obviously it is not. This policy would make sense if it was shown to contain the smallest dye effective against COVID variants that are taking hold in the United States. Obviously she can’t.
Heck, this policy would have the slightest shred of meaning – and I mean very slight – if it were part of an international consortium of countries trying to create a consensus on how to respond to international travel.
I was a firm believer in early vaccinations. I still think it makes sense to get one if you’re older or have health issues. But no one in their right mind looks at the current level of The effectiveness of the vaccine in preventing infections We can conclude that Djokovic is in any kind of risk. Does anyone think that Djokovic will test positive and end up in hospital or on a ventilator? How about the fact that we are in In the middle of another rush? Does prudence dictate a cautious approach? until the The New York Times admit now“Evidence suggests that BA.5 does not cause more severe disease than other Omicron variants…Instead, the percentage of Covid cases with poor outcomes is declining.”
No less power in tennis than John McEnroe weighed While doing commentary duties during Wimbledon: “These politicians get in the way a lot. They did it in Australia. Let’s let the guy in and play the US I mean come on. “It’s ridiculous,” McEnroe said as Djokovic waved to the crowd at the All England Club. But I don’t make these decisions. I hope someone will do the right thing and let him play. This is my personal opinion.”
On July 20, the organizers of the US Open issued a statement About Djokovic’s current controversy. It stated in part that “The US Open does not have a mandate to vaccinate players, but will respect the position of the US Government regarding travel into the country for non-vaccinated non-US citizens.”
But the US government’s position is entirely rooted in the misconception, and frankly outdated, that restricting entry to the country by unvaccinated international travelers will somehow translate into less severe waves of infection in the United States. as it was noticed in NEWSWEEKAnd the Unchallenged and undisguised fans will be allowed to gather in the thousands for two weeks at the US Open, but the world’s greatest player seeking his biggest historic prize, can’t he show up to play against them?
In the always rational world of Twitter, some Djokovic fans are seriously wondering aloud if he is being targeted, if there is a Rafael Nadal gang deep in the US government trying to upend tennis history and give an unfair advantage to the Spaniard in their historic race for the most Grand Slam titles. Of course, the policy of not allowing unvaccinated foreigners to enter the country applies to all foreigners, not just Djokovic. So, there is no plot here. However, many refer to The saga that followed in Australia in January as evidence of the mistreatment of Djokovic by government authorities around the world. Even Nick Kyrgios, who until that moment was one brutal critic Djokovic, He found his own government policies And the treatment of Djokovic jaundiced. The two have since happily ended their feud with Djokovic Confessed in “Bromance”During the awards ceremony after the Wimbledon final.
So, what is really going on here?
Government officials are well aware that they cannot prevent or even slow the spread of new variables. They unintentionally confessed just as much when they decided to Abandon test requirements For Americans re-entering the country. If they know that vaccines do not prevent infection with the current BA.5 variant, and also allow Americans to enter the country who may have the infection, then what does it mean to continue a policy that does not allow unvaccinated foreigners to enter the country? If the US government wants to preserve facial appearance, it may compel non-vaccinators to take a test before entering the country or allow them to provide evidence of natural immunity. But even that does not seem to be on the table.
Djokovic’s shriek is emblematic of the malicious modern bureaucratic habit of trying to show she is “doing something”, even if everyone knows that something is completely useless. Modern statecraft has reorientated itself to be infinitely responsive, and hyper-sensitive to the changing landscape of civil society. This is a worldview that perpetuates the state’s belief that every problem must – only must! To have a political solution.
In doing so, politics can become hasty and ill-advised, or in this case laughable. Everyone is slowly turning to the fact that Covid is with us to stay. We can hide, vaccinate, distance, and worship at the altar of Zoom meetings as much as we want. Did not matter. This is why vaccine mandates are abandoned faster than Netflix Subscriptions.
Let Djokovic play. It won’t hurt anyone. Let’s use this as an opportunity to break with old politics and really respond to both science and the public.
Jeremy S Adams is the author of the recently released Amazon bestseller Hollow: A Warning About America’s Next Generation. He taught American Civics for 24 years in Bakersfield, California and was the 2014 California Teacher of the Year (DAR). You can follow him on Twitter @JeremyAdams6.
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