Super Bowl LVI at SoFi Stadium

Are We There Yet?

One of the most memorable stories in Michael J. Fox’s memoire, Lucky Man, is about his experience driving cross-country with a buddy and their three sons. It was an 18-day trip, which went smoothly until they hit Death Valley, at which point Michael’s son asked the question that all parents dread: “Are We There Yet?” Having grown up crisscrossing Canada with his own family – and been the target of his dad’s explosive responses to that very question, Michael took another approach: he pulled off the road and stopped – in the middle of nowhere. Getting out of the car, he opened the doors and announced, “We’re here,” and encouraged everyone to get out and look around. After a few minutes of looking at dirt and picking up a few rocks, everyone got back in the car, and didn’t utter another complaint for the remainder of the trip.

I don’t know about you, but that’s how I feel. Two Moderna vaccines, a booster, even an Omicron infection, and I can’t believe we’re still not there yet. Or are we? Governors now seem to be falling over themselves to let us go inside without masks. And, at the SoFi Stadium, spectators fortunate enough to attend the Super Bowl in person were given KN95 masks to be worn when “not actively eating or drinking,” yet, as KTLA 5 reported, “if you watched the game, you probably noticed that a lot of spectators were not wearing facial coverings, including celebrities and many fans.”

Perhaps we should feel relieved, according to Worldometers, of the 79,325,576 reported COVID cases in the U.S., 50,780,304 have had an outcome. Of those, although 2% (943,411) have passed, 98% (49,836,893) have recovered or been discharged. (Assumably we’re still waiting for the confirmation that at least 98% of the 28,545,272 cases so far without an outcome will end up on the “recovered” side of the ledger.) Even better is the rapidly declining number of new cases.

Furthermore, now that every American household is entitled to two free antigen tests, ideally those who even suspect they’ve contracted COVID – at a Super Spreader Event or elsewhere – will take a test and, if positive, stay at home. And, if two tests aren’t enough, consumers with private health insurance will get up to eight free at-home tests per covered individual per month.

In addition to the politicians across the land who are responding to their constituents’ plea to let the country get back to normal and drop masking requirements, the nation’s top medical scientist, Dr. Anthony Fauci was quoted in The Financial Times, saying that the U.S. has almost reached the end of the “full blown” pandemic and could reach immunity levels sufficient to limit the spread of the virus soon. While not saying that we are out of the COVID woods, he allowed, “There will be more people making their own decision on how they want to deal with the virus.”

For the guesstimated 100 million+ viewers of Super Bowl LVI, it will be obvious: for most of the fans in the stands, “They’re there!”

By Mimi Grant, President, Adaptive Business Leaders (ABL) Organization – Round Tables and Events for CEOs of Technology and Healthcare Companies

PHOTO CREDIT: 5 KTLA at Super Bowl