Nations are finally starting to reject permanent covidocracy
As COVID cases and deaths decline, patience for endless bans is waning.
“Simon says mask! Simon says expose! Simon says mask again! Simon says lock! Simon says you can unlock! Simon says… “Enough already! Countries are finally starting to deregister.
Only those with tremendous hubris could ever have believed that you could micromanage a highly contagious virus through on-off masking and locking, and by a great coincidence they seem to be the ones who believe you can do the same thing with something as complicated as that Economy can do. No wonder that the latest “Simon says mask, even if fully vaccinated!” Comes from the same WHO director-general who at least was a Marxist as a member of the Ethiopian People’s Liberation Front Tigray.
Of course there is always a reason. This time it is the so-called “Delta variant” of COVID-19, which is obviously much more contagious than previous variants. Apart from the fact that this was a predictable development as soon as we saw any variations at all. The purpose of a pathogen is to ensure the survival of its gene line and not to make anyone sick. So a more efficient way for COVID to sow its wild oats is to become more contagious. The more virulent strains will defeat their competitors and become predominant.
The fact is that the pathogen that does the least harm to its host is most likely to survive and thrive. So sometimes we see a move towards lower lethality. Syphilis was killed and crippled very quickly when it was first observed in 1494-95, but today it generally takes decades if left untreated. The problem is, despite the hype, COVID is already relatively harmless compared to the big plagues. The victims are almost exclusively elderly people who are already weakened by other illnesses. Updated Italian data shows that only 3 percent of those who died from the virus had no comorbidities and have an average age above life expectancy. There is little evolutionary pressure for COVID to become any tamer. That said there are evolutionary pressure not to get stronger.
The speed at which the COVID-19 vaccines were being developed has been absolutely astounding. (Second fastest was mumps: four years.) Annual booster vaccinations can help keep pace with the development of variants. But unless someone develops a vaccination that covers all variants (a goal with flu vaccinations since at least 2008 that we have still not achieved), we will not vaccinate ourselves from the variant puzzle with boosters either. Certainly not in the short term. And even with the really terrible smallpox, where there were no such variants and the population had very little resistance to the stings, it took decades to centuries to eradicate the disease, depending on which starting point you use.
We are therefore told that we are doomed to periodic masking and blocking Ad infinitumregardless of whether we are vaccinated. (Considering how many people probably didn’t want the vaccine but got it because they thought it would bring the world back to normal, what kind of message are we sending to the current fence keepers?) Finally, after more than 15 months ” 15 days “some countries say” Enough! “
The US likely took the lead – yes, even under Democrat Joe Biden – and showed that this doesn’t have to be a partisan issue. In Singapore, which has had tiny COVID infections and COVID-related deaths to date and usually ranks first in the national I.Q. by accident. Leaderboards have said three Task Force ministers that it is time to accept that their “new normal” plan is to finally get off the panic button.
Writing in Street times, Health Ministers have stated that zero-COVID strategies like those of Australia and Hong Kong (New Zealand is a better example) can destroy an economy and make no sense. Rather, they find that in high vaccine countries, COVID-associated deaths occur in the same stadium as seasonal flu deaths. Testing in Singapore continues, but the focus is on those that deliver quick results, with some in the pipeline delivering near-instant results.
Officials said the new norm allows infected people to recover at home.
Massive contact traces or quarantines may not be required every time a new case is discovered, Covid infections will no longer be monitored but the results, large gatherings can be allowed and travel will at least be encouraged to countries that are also controlled got virus and turned it into an endemic norm. “
History has shown that any pandemic will run its course. We have to use all of our energy, resources and creativity to get to the desired end state as quickly as possible. Science and human ingenuity will ultimately prevail over COVID-19. Cohesion and social awareness will get us there faster.
In essence, there will be a shift from freshly decapitated chickens to treating COVID as a range of potentially fatal diseases.
Meanwhile, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson also says it’s time to learn to live with COVID. While stressing that the pandemic is far from over, he says the face mask rules will be lifted in the next week along with those that require antisocial distancing. Nightclubs will reopen, bars will go normal, and curbs will disappear at concerts, theaters, or sporting events. Importantly, the government would also be able to end work-from-home assignments so employers could expand their plans for a return to office life. And in pubs across the country, people should be able to order drinks directly from the bar again.
These only apply to England as other parts of the UK can set their own rules.
On the other hand, a relative neighbor of Singapore, the Philippines, simply does not give up. Masking outside the home is considered permanent. It’s the only country that requires face shields in public areas, maintains curfews, enforces antisocial distancing, and keeps schools closed, despite a recently released World Bank report that more than 80 percent of Filipino children have fallen below the minimum level of proficiency through the Shutdown worsened. (The government immediately fixed the problem by asking the World Bank to apologize.) Fully vaccinated people still need both a swab test and quarantine to travel between the 2,000 inhabited islands. Imagine doing this when traveling from one US city to another? You can not. Foreign tourism, which used to make up 13 percent of national revenue, can be restored during Starship Enterprise’s five-year mission.
The Philippine economy suffered the worst year since the country gained independence last year and continues to shrink. Moody’s predicts “no return to pre-pandemic production levels by the end of 2022”. By contrast, it says, “China, Taiwan, South Korea and Vietnam have returned to previous levels of production, while Indonesia and Thailand are well on their way to return this year.” Singapore’s economy is also growing.
However, an analysis by the Australian Lowy Institute earlier this year found the Philippines ranked 79th among 98 nations due to their devastating efforts to combat the disease. Simon should have said, “Use a rational mindset and a science-based approach.” An iron fist cannot control the spread of an epidemic.
Michael Fumento (www.fumento.com) is a lawyer, author and journalist specializing in health and science. He currently lives in the Philippines.
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