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Bait-&-Switch: How The Media Changed the Covid Conversation

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Bait-&-Switch: How they've changed the Covid conversation

It was supposed to be about life and death, but for weeks now we're only hearing about cases.

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Do you remember five months ago? Normally I wouldn't ask, but the world is moving incredibly fast these days.

Do you remember that it was predicted that covid19 would kill literally millions of people?

Do you remember that hospitals were going to be over-run with patients and our struggling medical infrastructure was going to collapse under their weight?

Do you remember that locking down global society was the only way to prevent this disaster? That we had to do it, regardless of how much damage it did to the livelihoods and security of countless millions of people?

Final question - do you know how many people in the United Kingdom officially died with (not of) the coronavirus yesterday?

It's 12.

Twelve people. You probably didn't hear about that, because sometime in the last five weeks or so the media completely stopped using the word "deaths", and started talking only about "cases".

A "case" is anyone who tests positive for Sars-Cov-2, using the notoriously unreliable PCR tests which produce huge numbers of false positives.

Even supposing the positive test is real, the vast majority of "cases" are asymptomatic. Between false positives, unreliable tests and asymptomatic infection, a "case" count for sars-cov-2 is borderline meaningless.

Let's say there are symptoms AND a positive test, and assume they're not just a false positive who has a cold or the flu. Well, even the vast majority of the "symptomatic cases" will only ever be mildly ill. In fact of the 6 million active cases in the world, only 1% are considered severely ill. The majority of them will survive.

The CDC estimates the infection fatality ratio of Sars-Cov-2 to be about 0.26%. A number perfectly in line with severe flu seasons. Virtually every country in Europe is now reporting average, or even below average, mortality.

Broadly speaking, the vast majority of the world is, and will likely remain, absolutely fine.

But things aren't going back to normal, are they? In fact, they are getting worse. The governments have got their foot in the door, and they have no intention of moving it.

Masks are now mandatory in the UK, and Australia, and New Zealand, and Germany and France. And many others. The Democrat's nominee for President, Joe Biden, has said they should be mandatory in the US as well.

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[Republished from Off-Guardian] 

Kit Knightly is co-editor of OffGuardian. The Guardian banned him from commenting. Twice. He used to write for fun, but now he's forced to out of a near-permanent sense of outrage.


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