“History will judge the hysteria”

From an interview with Professor Udi Qimron, who will soon head the Department of Clinical Microbiology and Immunology at Tel Aviv University:

In an interview with Yediot Ahronot, Qimron shed further light on the coronavirus. “There is a very great interest for anyone who has supported the draconian measures taken around the world to say that Sweden’s policy has failed. Because if it succeeded, and trillions went down the drain for no reason, someone will have to answer for it.”

“That is why all over the world they prefer to claim that [Sweden] was wrong. But in the end, the truth came to the surface. In a world where decision makers, their advisers and the media were able to admit their mistake and the initial panic that gripped them, we would have long since returned to routine. The ongoing destruction due to the inability to admit this mistake, despite the epidemic’s small mortality numbers, is outrageous. History will judge the hysteria.

“If we had not been told that there was an epidemic in the country, you would not have known there was such an epidemic and you would not have done anything about it,” he said emphatically. “The fact that this issue runs all day in the media inflates it beyond its natural dimensions. If black death had raged here, as in the 14th century, you would not have had to follow the situation in the news, the bodies would have piled up in the streets. We were not and we are not in this situation today.”

Prof. Qimron noted that the total number of coronavirus deaths does not exceed 0.1% of the total population in any country, and the death rate from coronavirus is less than 0.01% of the total world population, meaning that 99.99% of the world’s population so far has survived the epidemic and the virus is negligibly lethal.

He said smart behavior would be the opposite of what we do today; Populations not at risk should become infected and create chains of immunity, which will protect the sick and the elderly. We are currently working for sweeping social distancing, which prevents such differential immunity, he said.

He went on to explain that infection of children is a welcome thing, because it protects at-risk populations. “For the same reason, I would open up the whole education system, because the vast majority is made up of people who are not at risk. Of course a solution needs to be found for teachers suffering from diabetes or other background diseases, but I see no reason to prevent activities that encourage the economy. Not only because it allows parents to go to work, but also because it lowers mortality in the long run. I would also ask children and young people to take off their masks. Of course, it is impossible to force a child to take off a mask, but proper information will do the job.”

“At the same time, I would call on at-risk populations, our parents and people with background illnesses, to avoid social gatherings in the coming months until we reach the appropriate immunity depth. It is possible and desirable to recommend at-risk populations to wear masks. I would also open the skies and abolish the isolation obligation for those returning from abroad. With the situation of carriers abroad compared to within Israel, there is no reason to isolate tourists, just as you and I are not isolated even though we have an even higher probability than that of a random tourist from abroad to be a carrier. These are things that got into our minds four months ago and we do not understand that their time has passed,” he added.

This is the thing that gets me and has through this whole mass insanity – the “who are you going to believe, me or your lying eyes” element to everything. I was trying to explain to someone that I *know* the coronavirus is no big deal, it is not an *opinion.* I live in a town where literally half of the population is over 65, in an alleged coronavirus “hot spot,” a mask mandate is a fairly recent phenomenon, and not broadly observed or enforced. In fact, it is so despised that we are about to have had complete turnover among the mayor and city council between challenged races and resignations.

If the coronavirus were even a fraction as contagious and lethal as the “experts” indicated months ago, my entire town would be dead. But the only things scaring the old people on their way to play croquet or do water aerobics in the community pool are headlines about the illness.

You can see this in how the news coverage of the coronavirus has panned out. It used to be that they would sensationalize hospitalizations and how the health care system was so overwhelmed, but hospital systems were not overwhelmed. Hospitals were so empty they needed a federal bailout to replace lost revenues. The news media had to reuse images from New York for Texas and Florida, made obvious by the fact that no one in Houston or Palm Beach even owns a winter coat, let alone wears on in July. Now the news has moved from hospitals to sensationalizing the total number of positive cases, most of which have non-existent symptoms and may in fact be due to hyper-sensitive testing kits.

The only people I know who are really into the coronavirus fearmongering at this point are people who had a bona fide prepper mentality before 2020 (meaning they live for a sense of doom of any stripe) and the most partisan of Democrats (who have been binge-watching Armageddon porn for years now). In fact, I think it is kind of funny how many people are crossovers at this point. Our gay, immigrant hair dresser is now a hardcore Trump fan after Democrats tried to put him out of business. The Mexican waitress at our restaurant, whose face has been truly disfigured from heat rashes having to wear a mask every day, is, quote “so over the fake coronavirus bullshit, it’s not even funny.” Democrats think these people are their main constituency. And don’t even get me started on the number of people who are now voluntarily homeschooling their kids.

Anyway, this chap is right. This panic is going to be looked at very differently even one year from now, let alone through history. Future young Americans will be studying the time broken-brained politicians engineered the largest economic collapse since Hitler and outdid the Great Depression over an illness most people had to be tested to know they even were carrying it. And how people got into fist fights over how someone was standing less than six feet away from them in the grocery store. It’s like the folks in the Roaring 20s who would sit on flag poles, but with large-scale economic destruction, despair, and suicide. Yeah, history is going to judge how people behaved this year, all right.

7 thoughts on ““History will judge the hysteria”

    1. In fact, I am vaguely leaning in the direction that substantially all early commentary on the coronavirus was Chinese propaganda that the media, academics, and politicians ran over a cliff with. It quite successfully established an economic rift between east and west at precisely the time when Trump was fucking them up financially.

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  1. I heard this allegory in a church sermon many years ago. I have searched for the source, with no luck.

    Cholera comes to a town. One of the city’s wise men strikes a bargain with the Devil that the disease will only kill 1000 of the citizens. In the end, 10000 die, and the wise man accuses the Devil of breaking his promise. The Devil replies that cholera only killed 1000; fear killed the rest.

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