Did anybody else find the photo-ops of Biden and Boris at the G7 conference yesterday tragi-comic? That is, tragi-comic in the sense of robbing one of the will to live? Biden has been vaccinated, and Boris has had COVID seriously, and had the vaccination. And yet there they were signalling to the world that none of that is of any use by wearing ineffective cloth masks six feet apart. They are liars. But oddly, the charade is, domestically speaking, intended to promote the very vaccinations the pictures suggest are useless. Only a population nudged to oblivion could miss the irrationality on display.
It seems that the lies are , if anything, getting more desperate. We are currently being psycho-prepped to see “Freedom Day” on June 21st as needing to be postponed (“just 4 weeks to flatten the curve…” again), because of the Indian variant, which still has a little propaganda mileage left in it, despite a slow puncture. Failing that, they will roll out the Nepalese variant, blamed on returning conquerors of Everest, who were able to reach the thin air of the world’s highest summit despite suffering from the world’s worse respiratory virus ever.
The announcement that “cases” are rising is an old trick, of course. In response to sightings of Indian viruses coming ashore in dinghies, surge testing of all and sundry occurs in those areas. We have no way from the incomplete stats of knowing how much that biased sampling skews the results, but it remains true that the more people you test where a viral infection has been recently, the more positive tests you will find. Again, the incomplete ONS data gives us no way of knowing how many, if any, of these positive “cases” are actually ill, though since the younger age bracket is mainly affected it is implausible that many of them are symptomatic at all.
This ploy is old news. Somehow, none of the communicators are admitting that if asymptomatic COVID were indeed spreading amongst the young, that would be an excellent thing, for it would increase the levels of permanent natural immunity needed to reach the necessary end-point of herd immunity and curtail the pandemic. In fact, with 80% of the UK population now having antibodies, it is hard to believe that herd immunity has not already been reached – 70% was the pessimistic figure given us by SAGE last year.
Such natural T-cell immunity, being immunity to the whole virus, will protect from any conceivable new SARS-CoV-2 variant, since at least one study shows that people who had SARS-1 retain immunity not only to that, only 80% similar to SARS-2, but to the latter as well. Even the most variant of SARS-2 variants is only 0.3% dissimilar to the original virus.
It is only the unnatural immunity from vaccines targeting the spike protein alone that is potentially vulnerable to minor variants – which fact should, like the risk of lethal blood-clots, have been predicted in advance, as I pointed out here.
The threadbare case for increased cases is still being made as convincing as possible by the same old misleading press trick of using the “date reported” data after a Bank Holiday weekend. The benign explanation for this misinformation is that scaremongering still sells newspapers, but more likely, sad to say, the script has been managed by those pulling their strings, and maybe wearing masks for the cameras in Cornwall, who have been using unjustified fear to maintain compliance from the start.
Whichever it is, they seem to realise that the case-numbers script is becoming hackneyed and unconvincing, and so they are also touting “40% rise in hospital admissions.” I can’t find that in the ONS figures at all. Leave aside for the moment the longstanding counting errors in this stat, which mean that going into a learning disabilities unit, in otherwise good health, and testing positive will earn you a place in the “COVID admissions” figures, as will testing positive after a day-case routine endoscopy or after an admission to a psychiatric hospital for acute psychosis.
Forget that, I say, and simply look for a genuine trend in the ONS statistics.
The increase, it turns out from the Daily Mail’s graph, comes from comparing the last available admissions figure, 153 on 6th June, with the previous day’s number of 123. That’s only 23% rather than 40%, so the latter percentage comes from who know where. But one data point and an origin no more signify a trend than one swallow does a summer.
In fact, that June 6 number was exceeded, by 1, back on 1st June, after which admissions dropped to the same levels we’ve been getting for 6 weeks. To all rational appearances, COVID admissions are flatlining within a normal variability, whereas the seven day average for cases has been rising, a little, for a whole month. If a genuine spike in classical COVID admissions were due, it would have been seen 3 weeks ago. It goes without saying (knowing what tosh the other stats are) that deaths remain at their lowest in 18 months, if any are even due to COVID at all. Certainly UK mortality overall remains, as it has done for most of this year, at a record low.
So you can see that the whole threat to the promised repeal of restrictions is smoke and mirrors – though no less effective as propaganda for all that. Since nothing significant is actually happening, SAGE has reverted to its oldest trick, the exaggerated future projection. Although even SAGE’s best-case predictions have been consistently too pessimistic since the pandemic began, there undoubtedly will be a third wave if we don’t cancel whatever it is they were intending to relax on June 21st, though what that relaxation was to entail we have never been told. It was certainly not planned to get back to normal, since the government has quietly extended its emergency powers till next spring.
The real intention is clearly only to scare or blackmail more people to be vaccinated. If there really were a third wave, even our present recently-restored freedoms, according to their thinking, would be the cause of its worsening, and we ought to be locking down altogether to be consistent. Consistent policy, though, is not what it’s about.
So we are to vaccinate the young adults, the pregnant women, the healthy teenagers of whom only 8 have died throughout the pandemic, and the under-twelves of whom none have died at all. It’s virtually certain that some will die from vaccine-induced clotting or myocarditis, not to mention the risks of infertility and spontaneous abortion. If they survive, though, they will be able to rejoice in the same freedoms as Boris Johnson and Joe Biden, and stay six feet apart from each other whilst wearing a mask.
Unlike Johnson and Biden, though, they won’t be allowed to fly around the world without a vaccine passport and quarantine. Rank does offer a few perks, after all.