The government’s response to the Coronavirus/Covid-19 epidemic shows signs of slipping into the realms of fantasy.
After some weeks of pressure from the corporate media to “do something” Johnson’s government has performed a screeching u-turn and from complacent inactivity, on a par with its neglect of flood stricken communities, has begun issuing warnings of impending doom reminiscent of the AIDS warnings of the mid to late 1980s.
The mortality rates for people with a pre-existing serious health condition who contract Covid-19 are: Heart disease 10.5%; Diabetes 7.3%; Chronic respiratory disease 6.3%; High blood pressure 6%; Cancer 5.6%; None 0.9%. The mortality rate by age is: 0-9 years N/A; 10-19 years 0.2%; 20-29 years 0.2%; 30-39 years 0.2%; 40-49 years 0.4%; 50-59 years 1.3%; 60-69 years 3.6%; 70-79 years 8%; Over 80 years 14.8%.
0.2% means one chance in 500. You are more than twice as likely to die in a road traffic accident. Let’s get this into perspective. If you have no pre-existing serious health condition, then even if you contract Covid-19 your chances of dying from it are vanishingly small. If you contract it and recover, which is far and away the most likely outcome, then you will be contributing towards the public health desideratum of creating a herd immunity. Meanwhile a vaccine can be developed.
The suspicion has to be, of course, that the official advice is designed to pander to, rather than allay, the moral panic created by the corporate media. The motive: to soften up public opinion in preparation for a power grab by the Lib-Lab-Con political Establishment in the shape of a further encroachment upon what remains of our civil liberty.
Certain infections are more common during the winter, particularly influenza and norovirus. This is due to a combination of factors, but includes factors to do with the bugs themselves, and the fact that they may spread more easily when we spend more time together indoors. Flu and complications associated with it cause 8,000 deaths on average a year in England. Around 6,000 of these are people with heart and lung disease. So the takeaway message is that Covid-19, with its 40 deaths UK-wide, has been hyped by the media out of all proportion to the real danger it presents and the government has fallen for it.
More people die each year from the flu than are likely to die from Covid-19. More die from pneumonia. More die from hypothermia.
Statistics on reported road casualties in Great Britain for the year ending June 2019 show there were 1,870 reported road deaths. On average 2,538 people die each year as a result of road accidents in the UK. Based on these statistics your chance of being killed in a car accident are 1 in 200. Are the roads to be closed to traffic? Of course not. Deaths from Covid-19 over the next twelve months seem unlikely to exceed the number of deaths from seasonal flu. When this becomes clear to everyone no doubt the government will claim that its ill-judged public health interventions were justified, succeeded in containing the spread of the virus and saved lives, when nothing could be further from the truth.
Most things kill more people than Covid-19. This corporate media induced hysteria could kill more.
How many deaths will result directly or indirectly from the chilling effect on the economy of government’s misconceived public health measures is anyone’s guess. But if I were a betting man I would put money on such deaths exceeding the deaths from Covid-19 over the next twelve months, unless a more measured and proportionate response is made by government both national and local.
This is a classic case of the ill-judged public health ‘medicine’ being worse than the actual disease and likely to cause more deaths than the disease itself. Fear of Covid-19 is more to be feared than Covid-19.
Patria says: keep calm and carry on.