Anti-vax protest placard in Daily Mail:
Regardless of Covid-19, as a general injunction for our times, this might even be good advice.
I think the Covid scare is overblown (even though I suspect it’s what I came down with back in January), and a vaccine will probably be pretty ineffective against a rapidly-mutating virus. Legiron is a microbiologist, so he probably knows best:
So, the Big Scary Story of the day is that Covid-19 will be present forever. (Trigger warning: It’s the Daily Mail, so keep your blood pressure pills handy if you open the link).
Of course it will. SARS, MERS, bird flu, swine flu, all the rest are still here. And there will never be a successful vaccine against any of them.
“I’m not going to wear a mask at all… it’s complete madness”
Modern man is now entering realms of dystopia only imagined before by the likes of Aldous Huxley and George Orwell, with more than a hint of Philip K. Dick. What makes all of this difficult for so many is that the sudden transition has been almost instantaneous, leaving people in a near callow state of bewilderment, wondering what just happened to their old life.
It used just to be tobacco smoke that was regarded as a health threat, and it was only smokers who were expelled from society. Now it’s Covid, and everybody has been expelled. We’re all in the same boat now.
And perhaps that’s a good thing. Perhaps that will mean that a lot more people will begin to see how we’re all being railroaded with exaggerated health threats of one kind or other, as if “health” is the only thing that matters, and everything else is unimportant.
I’d like to throw today’s Slog post into the mix for consideration – Government formally started paving this particularly nasty road to hell with it’s ‘good intentions’ on Friday afternoon:
“We’re all in the same boat now.”
Of course it will be here forever.MSM journos living off this.Rest of us too thick to comment.
Yes, exaggerated invisible health “threats”, the stock in trade of the risk averse, scared of the world, like Burns’ cowering timorous beasties. 🐀
Smoking banned outside Leeds General Infirmary and St James’s Hospital
“People will no longer be able to smoke anywhere on the hospital grounds, including the outdoor areas.
The new rules will be implemented at LGI, St James’s, Chapel Allerton Hospital, Leeds Children’s Hospital, Leeds Dental Institute, Seacroft Hospital and Wharfedale Hospital.
They are in effect as of Tuesday, September 1.”
“Yet another study finds that smokers are much less likely to get COVID-19. Yet again, the world looks the other way.
The reduction in risk for being admitted to intensive care with COVID-19 is even bigger. 88% less for heavy smokers!”
Association of each outcome with smoking status
“There was a small increased risk of both adverse outcomes among ex-smokers compared with never-smokers. We observed a markedly decreased risk of both COVID-19 disease and ICU admission in smokers. The apparent protective association was greatest for heavy and moderate smokers and most markedly on the risk of ICU admission which was 88% lower in heavy smokers compared with non-smokers (figure1B).”
Click to access heartjnl-2020-317393.full.pdf