We're not doing any of this because a lot of people were going to catch a cold. We're not destroying our economies and societies because a tiny number of people felt tired for a few months after a cough. We aren't allowing babies and children to die because a new strain
of coronavirus is at large. We were told, in no uncertain terms, that this new virus CAUSES a brand new, deadly disease called Covid-19, the like of which we had never seen before. A disease so horrific that doctors were having emotional breakdowns after treating it. That is what
all of this is based on. The reasoning behind a global reaction which may well lead to the permanent destruction of all the things that make life a worthwhile experience.
In nine months of being immersed in this swamp of information, I have still not found an explanation of what
it is about Covid-19 that makes it so different from other respiratory illnesses.
I think the most important question is this:
What scientific or medical reasoning prevented the message to the public being something along these lines:
'There is a new strain of coronavirus spreading around the world. For the vast majority, it's asymptomatic. Most who have symptoms will experience a mild cold. A tiny number will suffer longer-term fatigue (as is the case with many other viruses). However, for the elderly,
particularly those with underlying conditions, it could lead to severe and potentially fatal pneumonia. This is also a risk with many, many other viruses of this nature. Likewise, as with many other viruses, a tiny number of young, otherwise healthy individuals could end up
suffering complications and dying. But the vast majority of those who die will be at a stage of their lives, and level of pre-existing illness, where they would have died at some point in the next year or two, regardless. Unfortunately, there is very little we can do to prevent
this and, as happens every year, it will place additional pressure on the NHS. We would ask that people be mindful of the situation and if you are experiencing symptoms, stay at home until you feel better.'

Why not that?
Rather than, "Covid-19 disease is here to kill you all."

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Is the virus seasonal? Do lockdowns work? Are face coverings effective? Are PCR tests reliable?
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Let love prevail. Always.
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