Uhh.... When did all this happen? I don't think a single covid variant had significant implications for healthcare systems.
No other response is adequate. Complete head-in-the-sand delusion territory.
I work at several hospitals covering a whole hospital system
Yes, you've mentioned this before, when you described how you ignored basic hygiene protocols at work. It continues to be pretty concerning.
What policy would you even be building? What change in behavior would come out of knowing the almost certainty it will fade away when it hasn't yet? Do you imagine I'm suggesting we stop treating sick people now because they might not be sick in the future?
Now you don't have to ask Silvanus. Feel free to ask yourself. What immediate major change in behavior are you advocating between the two possibilities here? What am I not doing that makes me complacent?
The complacent assumption that the pandemic will just sort itself out has already been affecting behaviour and policy. You can see it in how precautions have been abandoned, and how governments waited far too long to implement restrictions, and then removed all restrictions as soon as numbers started to go down, without doing the prep work (like creating functional test-and-tracing services or vaccination drives).
You can see the direct impact of this complacency in the fact that lockdowns were implemented, then removed, then had to be reimplemented when numbers rose precipitously again.... and that whole cycle was repeated over and over and over.
Complacency set in every damn time the numbers started to decrease. Only to rise right back to the levels at which the restrictions had to be reintroduced. And here we are again: with the clowns insisting that it'll definitely fade to nothing this time for sure!
So what's the behavioural/policy difference? Mostly that I don't advocate doing what has already failed four or more times over the last couple of years. Instead: Stay on the cautious side of restrictions until functional test and trace services and a more comprehensive vaccination program are in place, and then open more slowly.
I'm not too optimistic this is possible anymore in my own country, though, judging by the public mentality. It should certainly be the approach in China right now, like it should have been earlier in the US and UK.