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Mainstream media since March has been complicit in fabricating or recycling government pro-lockdown propaganda. With the informed rejection of statistics making a mockery of government response to the virus, media (the lying press) today finds itself on the defensive and set to lose the argument.
The political caste will largely survive but the cost to credibility could sound the death knell of mainstream media in the West. By maintaining what has been described as The Hoax of the 2st Century, newspapers, television and radio now suffer a haemorrhage of readers and viewers. Not good when media is dependent upon advertising revenue and readers subscriptions.
The media’s Achilles heel could be the maverick state of Sweden that refused to cave into inducements, blackmail and bribery by the international cartel pushing for a bankrupt West. There’ll be precious little opportunity for venture capitalists to purchase stock at bargain basement prices in Sweden.
The stolid Scandinavian kingdom has just carried out a record number of COVID-19 tests and found a positive rate of just 1.2%, the lowest since the start of the pandemic.
As Sweden’s case rate drops below Norway’s and Denmark’s, those commentators who spent April and May raging against what lockdown protestors called its ‘experiment with national chauvinism’ and predicting colossal fatalities in Sweden have suddenly gone quiet.
‘Sweden has gone from being one of the countries with the most infection in Europe to one of those with the least infection in Europe, while many other countries have seen a rather dramatic increase’ says Anders Tegnell, the state epidemiologist.
Sweden encouraged people to work from home, made university courses remote, and banned meetings of more than 50 people but otherwise trusted its citizens to use their common sense as they would if say seasonal flu was present. Self-isolate, stay warm and don’t go to work or school; simples.
The authorities judged that since hospitals could cope, there was no need to buy time by ordering people to stay indoors. That judgment has been amply justified.
A cause for joy, you might think. Here, after all, is proof that a country can contain the coronavirus without depriving children of an education, piling up backlogs of non-coronavirus medical conditions, or leaving a smoking crater where its economy used to be.
But the rest of the world and mainstream media is far from pleased. Indeed, the tone of most foreign media coverage remains affronted, and you can see why. After all, if Sweden’s strategy was viable, the rest of us ruined ourselves for nothing. That is a disquieting thought, almost an unbearable one. But Sweden forces us to confront it.
Imagine a world where Stockholm had caved to international pressure and fallen into line with everyone else. In such a world, politicians and public health officials could get away with claiming that but for their closures and crackdowns, things would have been unimaginably worse. The disease, they would tell us, would have spread exponentially. Millions, perhaps hundreds of millions, would have died.
But they can’t make that claim when we can all see the control in the experiment. Instead, mainstream ignores, derides or censors the Swedish success story.
Stockholm’s streets are filled with relaxed people congregating in cafes without face masks. Most will find those images uplifting, but to the epidemiologists and officials who staked everything on closing their economies, Sweden is the spectre at the feast. There it sits silently rebuking them.
The point is not that lockdowns achieved nothing at all. Obviously, if you confine an entire population, you will slow the spread of diseases transmitted by human contact. The point, rather, is that lockdowns were disproportionate and were maintained for far too long.
A new study by economists from the University of Chicago, Princeton, and the London School of Economics finds that a lockdown of less than two months might be justifiable: The economic costs are limited, and the time can be used to build healthcare capacity. ‘After that,’ says Professor Greg Kaplan, one of the authors, “all you’re doing is delaying a second wave, so unless you can hold that lockdown in place all the way until a vaccine arrives, the marginal benefits get smaller and smaller.’
It is amazing how many commentators refuse to understand this point. If you flatten the curve, you don’t reduce the area underneath the curve. Some countries have chosen to string things out for longer than others. But in the absence of a cure or a vaccine, the eventual number of deaths won’t change much.
The infection and fatality graphs for Sweden and the United Kingdom look almost identical. You would be hard pushed, looking at them, to guess which nation closed its shops, schools, and offices and which did not.
Nor is there much correlation when we look at different states in the United States, nor, indeed, in other parts of the world. Peru, which had an eye-wateringly strict lockdown, is faring far worse than neighbouring Brazil, whose President Jair Bolsonaro was attacked around the world for his laissez-faire approach.
When all this is over, we may well find that the biggest international variable isn’t the number of preventable deaths. It is the damage to the living. Source
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