Those of us old enough to remember the days before Kung Flu might recall the original reason we had our liberty, income, mental health and freedoms massively impacted by our elected leaders.
Do you remember the reason?
Let me give you some clues; it was late March when Australians were instructed to stay home. The reason given was to…..
What’s the word?
That was it! “Flatten the curve“.
And why did the curve need flattening?
“To not overwhelm the hospitals”
There was even a pretty chart to illustrate the concept:
At some point between March and June, important factors changed.
Firstly, we flattened the curve. Has a political leader confirmed that explicitly? If they have, I’ve missed it.
Secondly, as a consequence of flattening the curve, we didn’t overwhelm the hospitals. We didn’t even use the emergency field hospitals set up and the regular hospitals weren’t overwhelmed, not even close to it.
Thirdly, and more worryingly, quietly and without any acknowledgement, the policy was changed from flattening the curve to completely eradicating all cases everywhere.
Let me repeat that; we are now clearly attempting to prevent anyone at all ever catching the virus.
Don’t believe me? Please explain why the state of Victoria has just re-implemented it’s lockdown due to 25 new cases being discovered?
A quick reminder, in case you’ve forgotten, there is currently no vaccine for the virus. Also, we’ve never found a vaccine for a coronavirus in the history of humankind.
The year 2020 is the year we collectively forgot many truths we’ve known for centuries. One of these is the fact that we have accepted the risk of illness and death from seasonal viruses for the far greater reward of all of the benefits of living in a highly connected global economy.
Without seeking our permission, our politicians have reversed this situation and have implemented a policy of zero harm.
Of course, it’s a false choice; harm is occurring as a consequence of their response to COVID19, we just haven’t started the reckoning process yet.