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The end of universal mask-wearing is our 'V-COVID Day'

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A pandemic is not a war. But like a war, it upends life wherever it touches.

When the pandemic is truly over, it will be because vaccinations and herd immunity stopped its out of control spread and crushed its variants. It will be a fade out, not an unconditional surrender.

But when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday said vaccinated people no longer have to wear masks just about everywhere indoors and outdoors — it effectively marked the end of the pandemic.

Axios called it "Liberation Day." CNN's Zachary Wolf said "This feels like the COVID version of VJ day."

While it's not quite the same as "V" days past, the moment when the long-ubiquitous mask became largely optional for many of us is the closest thing we'll have to a "V-COVID Day."

There might not have been strangers kissing strangers in Times Square, but the CDC's announcement that vaccinated people can go maskless provided the ultimate symbolic victory for pandemic-weary Americans.

The mask has been the lodestar of the pandemic.

No issue, not even vaccines, has been as contentious as the mask.

As soon as cities began locking down in March 2020, masks were a........

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