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By Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture, March 04, 2022

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at CatholicCulture.org.


How much has the Covid epidemic cost us, apart from the obvious medical costs?

Not too much, actually.

Covid has ended many thousands of lives, and caused suffering, ranging from mild to severe, to millions more. But it is not Covid—that is, not the disease—that has shut down thousands of small businesses, kept millions of children out of school, driven millions of adults into depression, forced the postponement of important medical screenings, and drastically curtailed our civil liberties. All those nasty effects—which are so commonly attributed to “the pandemic”—were the results of public-policy decisions, made by our political leaders.

Now that the medical threat is gradually fading, the same political leaders poised to declare victory and claim credit for beating the epidemic. Not so fast, please. …

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