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 Are we now sentenced to lockdowns without end?

22.07.21.  Now that all Australian governments, federal and state, are committed to total COVID-19 elimination, regardless of cost, economic, social and psychological until some undefined percentage of mass vaccination is achieved, it is high time we face up to some stark choices. Otherwise, we will continue the descent into hysteria and madness. The elimination strategy is utter nonsense. Governments pursuing this approach will only dig themselves a deeper hole. The obsession with infection numbers must be replaced with reports on how well our health system is coping with serious and life-threatening illness. In other words, the original objective of “flattening the curve” to ensure our hospitals and health system are not overwhelmed should have been adhered to. Instead, Gladys Berejiklian, along with her fellow premiers and endlessly subsidised by the hapless Morrison Government, is chasing a utopian rainbow at an unacceptable cost to our freedoms and economic survival.

Source: Christopher Carr, Quadrant

Sentenced to Lockdowns Without End

Given that the Delta genie has long escaped the bottle, let me outline my layman’s view of where we now stand. Should I err, medical experts at the coal face, so to speak, are welcome to correct me; bureaucrats in the various health departments can bite their tongues.
First, COVID-19 appears to be a highly anomalous infection. Many “cases” are asymptomatic and most others appear to be mild. But as Henry Ergas reminds us, the minority of cases requiring hospitalisation, including a smaller minority in intensive care, display symptoms often a number of degrees worse than those from seasonal influenza. In other words, the COVID danger is acute for those with compromised immune systems.
By contrast, influenza appears to be a common-denominator infection. Correct me if I am wrong, but I have not heard of asymptomatic influenza infections. Moreover, in spite of the long available annual anti-flu jab, adapted each year to deal with the almost endless variants, annual deaths from influenza, especially among the old and frail, exceeded deaths from COVID-19 right up to the year preceding the pandemic. We might also observe that our hospitals have been able to cope with the annual influx of influenza patients. And despite the dire predictions of academic modellers, hospitals have been more than able to cope with the relatively small influx of serious ill COVID patients.
Those ‘fright porn’ pictures of COVID patients on ventilators, intended to scare those inclined to disobey the lockdown orders, raise the rather obvious question: whatever happened to the other viral and bacterial infections so common in previous years? To say that our health czars are less than open and frank about co-morbidities would be an understatement. Moreover, the federal government ad showing a young woman struggling for breath in ICU is seeking to depict the most unusual as the most typical. Given that there is no clear roadmap back to normal freedoms, the federal health bureaucracy is relying on misleading imagery to scare the young into getting the jab, a campaign rendered farcical by the shambles of both vaccine procurement and rollout.
Given that only two people have died this year, the only realistic strategy now is to treat COVID as endemic and continue to ensure that our health system is well able to cope. Vague talk about 50%, 65% or 80% getting vaccinated — pick a number, any number — can only mean that we are held hostage for months ahead. Right now, the only proper reason for any lockdown is if our hospitals face the serious prospect of nearing capacity. The majority of the frail elderly have now been vaccinated. They comprised the bulk of those in ICU and deaths in 2020.
Meanwhile, chief medical officers seem to have supplanted elected politicians. They are the high priests, the fonts of all wisdom and knowledge, whose “advice” or, rather, dictates must be accepted without question. Yet, when we check the CVs for the likes of Queensland’s Jeannette Young and NSW’s Kerry Chant, we find they are not virologists and are several degrees of separation from clinical practice. Moreover, health bureaucracies tend to be process-bound and rigid when the times demand flexibility, receptiveness and adaptability to new ideas. Worse still, ideology is a barrier to objective assessment of treatments which could mitigate the severity of Covid. Professor Robert Clancy’s positive review of the efficacy of hydroxychloroquine and ivermectin underlines the potential of such treatments to counteract the gloomy numbers game being played out day after day. This surely underscores the need to end bureaucratic inertia and resistance to remedies, espoused by well-credentialed specialists, which could help free us from the empire of fear.
Afterthought: If Gladys Berejiklian and her fellow premiers continue to ignore independent advice and slavishly bow to their chief medical officers, they should give substance to their oft-repeated claims during lockdowns that “we are all in this together”, by taking, at least, a 75 per cent pay cut. John Ruddick, take note. You could be on to a winner!

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  • luk1955 22/07/2021, 7:07 am

    Make no mistake. The lockdowns are loved by our premiers and bureaucraps as they are unaffected by them, while we are under house arrest and watching small businesses being eliminated, which gives these bedwetter pollies some tremendous orgasms. The power to destroy is a government official’s best dream.

  • Ian 22/07/2021, 7:48 am

    Vaccination is not the path out of this mess. Just let us live our lives as we wish. We’ve already lost our prosperity, our walks on the beach or through the rain forests and now, for most of Oz, we’ve lost the ability to leave home without the express permission of our state premiers.

    Locked up and no sign of release.

    Yesterday’s news…. 5 of the 29 in ICU were vaccinated. In Oz, 14% of those over the age of 16 are fully vaccinated.

    For the mathematically challenged. In Australia there are approx 25M people. So 3.5M are fully vaccinated. 21.5M are not fully vaccinated.

    24 unvaccinated from 21.5M is 0.000,112 %
    5 vaccinated from 3.5M is 0.000,143%

    Those vaccinated are MORE likely to be in hospital AND in ICU than the unvaccinated.

    VACCINES DON’T WORK AS PROMISED.

    • Disgruntled 22/07/2021, 12:23 pm

      we’ve lost the ability to leave home without the express permission of our state premiers.; seems that way!

      We sure have come a long way in life; Once it was the indiginies that couldn’t leave the reservations without permission and now it is all (well almost all) of us. (many execptions though and we the ‘mere’ hoi pilloi are excluded)

  • Honeybadger 22/07/2021, 8:05 am

    Once governments have committed to a strategy, they would rather COMMIT to being wrong, than ADMIT they were wrong.
    The question is how long can they continue down this path?
    Well that depends on whether they are thrown out by voters, or their ability to borrow or print money.

  • Albert 22/07/2021, 9:19 am

    There is a way out of this, if only the people had the balls.

    • Ivor Mectin 22/07/2021, 9:39 am

      You nailed it Albert.

  • Botswana O'Hooligan 22/07/2021, 9:32 am

    It breaks my heart to even contemplate it but perhaps we should vote Labor in at the next federal election. They will bugger things up on a grand scale but so too will our so called conservative government should they fall over the line. We simply cannot keep saying that the conservatives are marginally better than Labor and take the lesser of the evils for like this virus, they will go on and on and on leaving us perpetually gnashing our teeth.

  • nev 22/07/2021, 10:47 am

    “Mass Vaccination will Breed Dangerous Variants & Destroy Our Immunity”. The future of the human race is at stake! — Geert Vanden Bossche, PhD
    Dr. Bossche is a world-leading vaccine scientist and virologist who worked for GAVI and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. With credibility and expertise that’s off the charts and backed by sound science, Dr. Bossche urged nations to HALT all COVID-19 vaccinations immediately, or an “uncontrollable monster” will be unleashed.
    Because they are not vaccines at all! Not under the broadest interpretation.

    Doctors David Martin And Judy Mikovits Expose How So-Called COVID Vaccine Is Not A Vaccine Doctors David Martin and Judy Mikovits (who have both been very outspoken thus far in exposing the COVID plandemic) who are speaking with Robert Kennedy Jr. and lawyer Rocco Galati, who is representing a Canadian freedom group suing the government for the entire COVID scam.
    “This is not a vaccine … using the term vaccine to sneak this thing under public health exemptions … This is a mRNA packaged in a fat envelope that is delivered to a cell. It is a medical device designed to stimulate the human cell into becoming a pathogen creator. It is not a vaccine! “It’s a synthetic pathogen. They’ve literally injected this pathogenic part of the virus into every cell of the body … it can actually directly cause multiple sclerosis, Lou Gehrig’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease … it can cause accelerated cancer … that’s what the expression of that piece of virus … has been known to do for decades.”

    • Lorraine 22/07/2021, 10:56 am

      I have read many a report much the same….I will never have the jab and so far ,family I care about are not having it either,,,,,,

    • Ozman 22/07/2021, 3:38 pm

      Nev. Pleased see someone who is speaking the truth. If only others, who are not inclined to do the necessary research and trawl through the publications, would take the time to listen to these people.

      Commonsense tells us that the flu has been rebranded COVID-19. Meanwhile the useful idiots just muddy the waters. Ergas claims this rebranded virus is more deadly than the flu. And people think he is smart.

      The propaganda media declared Barry Jones was smart and had brains. But smart people are perceptive. They don’t just regurgitate what they have read. Jones used to get lost trying to reason out if the problem that was obvious to the everyone else existed.

      3011 people are doomed to die. 6 do die, who are older than the average age of death. Newsflash worldwide, there is a pandemic of death. Kill everybody else with lockdowns, masks and injections or the world is doomed.

  • Lorraine 22/07/2021, 10:53 am

    I fear we is doomed , I have my house my yard, a green house or 2 hot house’ chooks and a cat. a large pot with spinach . several cuts of meat in the frozen section of the fridge with ample potato and vegetables to make slow cooker meals …..I am waiting for the next election , I am not happy with the Liberals ,Scotty has gone awol. and we have Labor fools a plenty.

  • Norm Baynes 22/07/2021, 12:25 pm

    LARRY KENN:
    22/7/2021, 12:15pm

    BREAKING NEWS:
    Health experts are very concerned that the rapidly evolving Covid virus may result in insufficient letters of the Greek alphabet to label all the variants.

    In response to their fears the Prime Minister has just announced the creation of a task force of linguists, medieval Columban monks from the Isle of Kells and language interpreters to build a stockpile of alphabets to see us through these difficult times.

    UPDATE: The Federal Health Minister has just confirmed that with the inclusion of Sanskrit, Cyrillic and ancient Phoenician alphabets added to the stockpile, all Australians can stay locked down for years confident in the knowledge that all the virus variants will be correctly labelled.

  • Aktosplatz 22/07/2021, 1:57 pm

    People should stop queuing to be tested. If you feel crook then isolate and get your temperature tested. Forget this other rubbish (PCR or whatever) lots of people perfectly well are “testing positive”.

    Let people handle their own ‘malaise’ – body temperature check is the best. If the temperature elevates, stay home, take rum & honey and panadol or ( if you can get it) Hydroqinone – self treat and isolate until your temperature is down. And when you do isolate, stay outside at home and in the sun.

    If everyone did that we would be alright, but for heaven’s sake stop this infernal useless testing. The health officials are feeding on those results.

    • Neville 23/07/2021, 10:17 am

      Exactly so, Akto!

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