It has been nearly two years since the start of the pandemic

All along, in Greece and internationally, there have been moments of success and moments of failure.

What distinguished the successes from the failures was the  mixed messages of those in charge of managing the pandemic.

During the times that the message of both the government and the scientific community was unified, it was received loud and clear by society, which abided by public health measures. In all other cases, the message was lost or became the subject of petty partisan clashes between the country’s political forces.

The discussion about compulsory COVID-19 rapid tests on New Year’s eve, and the overturning by competent authorities of a decision that had apparently been taken, created the sense that political decisions differ from the recommendations of scientists.

The same mixed messages that in the recent past functioned as an obstacle has reappeared, confusing those who are watching the advance of the Omicron variant and who are anxious about their own and their loved ones’ health. It has also confused merchants, who hope that the Christmas season might cover the year’s losses.

The pandemic cannot be confronted merely with a communications strategy and political noise.

We are at a critical juncture, a turning point that will determine the course of events in the coming year.

It is perhaps more important than ever to limit the mixed messages regarding public health measures that may be required.

That way, no one will be confused and no one will be exposed.