IT’S MORE ABOUT SAVING FACE
There have been and still are far worse pandemics than that of the overblown COVID-19. One comes to mind: in 1968-1969 a similar strain was H3N2 virus, less formally, the Hong Kong flu. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has estimated that 1 million people died worldwide.
The Times covered the story where the story in the UK but was low key as it was in the United States; no panic, no spin, no economic calamity. The news that the virus was officially an epidemic was hardly mentioned. On New Year’s Eve, the Globe predicted that the flu might keep people indoors. One would need to diligently search media for pictures of nurses or anyone else in masks.
The virus swept across the world, causing tens of millions of people to become sick, and killing nearly three times the number of people who have died so far of Covid-19. The world’s chief mitigation effort was to race to make a vaccine. By the time one was ready, the pandemic had largely fizzled out.
The COVID-19 pandemic, of course, will be indelibly seared in the memory of those who endured and survived not the virus but the rabid media hype and political opportunism it inspired. They’ll also no doubt suffer from the economic aftermath. This is sure to be horrific, with deflation and even an economic collapse the likelihood for many.
The big question is not the COVID-19 virus but the consequences of political conspiracies, parliamentary incompetence, mob hysteria, polarised communities, corporate corruption, and media spin.
The elephant in the room question, however, asks will the businesses that fail, the tens of millions of unemployed, the health consequences, the suicides, and the many other negative consequences that come with forcing people to stay at home prove to be one of the most stupid mistakes of mankind’s in history?
All this could have been avoided simply by following common-sense rules. If sick, stay at home and away from other people. Keep oneself in a non-threatening environment; behave responsibly, as we all do when viruses are around.
The first issue is that putting entire populations under house arrest has been tried before: in Bolshevik ruled Russia and Ukraine. The outcome was that the deaths, famine and starvation-related illnesses harvested millions of martyrs. But, let us remember, those who claim to be acting in our own interests have signed up to a UN pact to reduce the world’s population by up to 80%.
The fact is, there is no science to support the notion that putting populations behind locked doors halts the spread of infection. In fact, it is more likely to increase the risk of infection for people living in close quarters. Closing schools is not only impractical but carries the possibility of a serious adverse outcome.
The experience concludes that communities faced with epidemics or other adverse events respond best and with the least anxiety when the normal social functioning of the community is least disrupted.
There is surprisingly little evidence that lockdowns work. Last week, a statistician named William M. Briggs, who is solidly in the anti-lockdown camp, wrote a blog post comparing countries that locked down with countries that didn’t.
As of May 12, the U.S. had 237 deaths per million people. Taiwan, a no-lockdown country, had 0.3 deaths per million; the country has had a total of seven deaths.
No-lockdown Sweden has had 347 deaths per million; lockdown Belgium, with a similar population, has had 763 deaths per million. Ethiopia, with a population of 109 million, had no lockdown, and a death rate of 0.04 per million. The list of win and fail concludes that those who support lockdowns cause a pandemic to become a catastrophe.
‘Death rates were more than highly variable; they were all over the place,’ Briggs wrote of the data he had collected. ‘If lockdowns worked as advertised, we would not see such enormous variability in the death rates.’
What can we conclude? Only one thing: We cannot conclude that lockdowns worked. Source
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