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This spring COVID-19 restrictions were lifted more and more in European countries, the United States, and around the world. In many places, masks are no longer mandatory in most public places including stores and restaurants, and only required in hospitals, nursing homes, and other locations where vulnerable members of our society need extra protection. A few weekends ago, I saw on TV a soccer stadium filled with thousands of spectators for the first time in more than two years—no limits on ticket sales for the match and the stadium was full. We could see the crowds of people close to one another, no masks, cheering for their favorite team. One person, who joined us late, looked at the screen and said: “This must be a replay from before COVID-19”. We replied: “No, it’s a live premier league match.” This news was met with amazement and expressions of disbelief and discomfort.

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