Rather than coming together as a society, so many have taken the path of extremes when it comes to COVID-19. Picture it: There are those huddled in their homes—the “hunker downers,” we’ll call them—hoping for a vaccine before even entertaining the thought of venturing out. On the flipside, there’s the dismissive party, quite literally partying with no qualms of any risk at all. What’s more, there’s a moral assertiveness attached to which camp you fall into; if you’re a hunker downer, you’re easily afraid and weak. If you’re dismissive, you’re immoral and selfish. We digress.

As for preventive medicine specialist David Katz, M.D.? He believes it’s time for a COVID reality check, no matter which side you're on: “It’s like looking both ways before you cross the street,” he says. “We have one camp that says only look left, and the other says only look right. We should look both ways.”

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