Pandemic Update for 2021-12-26: Harm Reduction — 5 Comments

  1. A friend sent this note: In a Reddit post, Wardle said he wanted Wordle to feel like a croissant, a “delightful snack” that is enjoyed occasionally. This is explicitly why there’s only one puzzle per day. “Enjoyed too often,” he explained, “and they lose their charm.”

  2. I believe that reduced mortality of SARS-CoV-2 Omicron variant has left the world kinda jaded. We social beings like to get a nice jolt once-in-a-while — a la the onset of Delta. Also, it appears that the media has moved-on from the virus as well. Now, while all my neighbors are talking about how their kids / acquaintances have had the bug, they seem to feel that this is the new “flu-normal,” i.e., it’s always going to be around — ho-hum. Even those I know who have been hit by Omicron are totally downplaying its effects. This is probably going to be the standard public attitude, at least until we see what the long-term effect of this virus on our systems will be. I’m just waiting to see how the biotech and pharma companies intend on profiting from our current state, as well as whatever it is we’re transitioning to.

    • The system I’m most worried about at the moment is our healthcare system. Short-staffed (from 20% quitting the profession over two years), burned out months ago, running on fumes, it is in no shape to deal with a surge of admissions from Omicron, which while it may be milder (jury is out) infects far more people. A small percentage of a large number can still overwhelm.

  3. I have been playing Wordle every day since this post went live, and have come to honor the developer’s decision to limit play to once per day. That said, if you want more you can visit Word Master, which is an open source clone of Wordle that you can play as much as you like. For a similar once-a-day word guessing game, try Guess My Word.

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