The end of the pandemic in Britain?
There’s definitely a feeling, generally throughout the country (in England if not on the other ‘three nations’ of the ‘United Kingdom’) the the covid pandemic is all but over. Restrictions that had been in place over the change of year will all but disappear by this time next week and the country will be entering February in as close a situation of normality as it has been since march 2020.
And, in general, that has to be welcomed. The levels of ‘collateral damage’ have been constantly rising and many of the consequences will be with us for a long time to come.
It doesn’t mean that infections won’t still spread amongst the population and that some people won’t die attributed to the virus – but then needless deaths every year from flu had become accepted for decades. Whether the country will be able to keep on top of what is now being described as an endemic virus is another matter.
The circumstances which meant the virus was able to take hold in the first place in what boasts to be a civilised country are still in place. The health service is stretched to the utmost and making vaccination obligatory is likely to cause even more staff shortages in the coming months. This is all on top of a service that had been seriously under-funded for decades as successive British governments, of whatever political colour, had assisted in the growing privatisation of health in this country. Whatever the ‘reasons’ given for policy changes the ultimate result was more money going onto private hands.
At the time of writing the Buffoon is ‘on the ropes’ as his pathetic lies and excuses become weaker and more ‘revelations’ appear in the media. The fact that he would tell the vast majority of the population to follow certain rules and all his cronies would do what they wanted has been obvious from the very start. The crass situation of Dominic Cummings and his driving eye test is only one example of where the Buffoon considered that all he had to do was to bluff it out. The fact that Cummings is now going for the jugular shouldn’t surprise anyone, least of all the Buffoon – after all that’s the society in which he has lived all his life.
Using the fact that the British population has the memory span of a may fly the Buffoon and his allies are trying to present the incompetent and blithering idiot (have you ever been forced to listen to him when he has to think on his feet – he can barely string two coherent words together, in this like the fascist Churchill who was very clever when he had time to think but not so good in responding when he knew he was in the wrong) as some ‘pandemic hero’.
Forgotten are the innumerable U-turns; the confusion that has accompanied virtually ever policy change; the failures to react in a coherent and organised manner at the beginning; the corruption that has accompanied the awarding of billions of pounds of contracts to friends and political supporters; the lack of any control and monitoring of any monies given out in an effort to mitigate the effects of all these failings and, still to this day, any real and coherent strategy to deal with this pandemic if it comes back to bite us or any other waiting around the corner.
Being generous with money that doesn’t cost you anything is hardly a difficult thing to do. And the fact that many of the people who still see the Buffoon as some sort of saviour in the last two years will come a cropper in the coming years as the bill demand to be paid – whether it’s a real debt that the country should pay is not something to go into here, but which is worth thinking about – should not be ignored.
And even if the sceptred isle is out of the worse that still doesn’t mean the rest of the world can say the same. Failings in providing protection to the vast majority of the world’s population will not just go away. The variants at the moment aren’t too threatening. It doesn’t mean the next one will be the same. Then complacency will take its toll in countries like the UK.
Vaccination programme in Britain …..
Covid jab offered to five to 11-year-old children in Ireland – and when one part of the sceptr’d isle ‘leads’ the rest will soon follow. They’ll be proposing to vaccinate babies in the womb next.
Vaccines for all every four to six months not needed. A couple of short quotes;
‘It really is not affordable, sustainable or probably even needed to vaccinate everyone on the planet every four to six months’ …. ‘We haven’t even managed to vaccinate everyone in Africa with one dose so we’re certainly not going to get to a point where fourth doses for everyone is manageable.’
Maidstone mother drives to Italy to get daughter jabbed – the child was probably taking a greater risk in being driven all that way than she would have been from the virus unvaccinated.
No need for a fourth covid jab yet.
Why people who refuse to get vaccinated should not have lesser healthcare rights.
Lack of trust in public figures linked to covid vaccine hesitancy.
…. and the rest of the world
As the vaccination programmes cover more and more of the population in the richer countries (reducing the age at which vaccinations are given and having an unlimited number of ‘booster’ vaccinations when a new variant appears) the rest of the world gets pushed further and further down the list of priorities.
Israel Omicron spike could bring herd immunity but with risks – and they are trying out a 4th vaccination whilst at the same time having no concern for the Palestinian population.
The global north’s vaccine charity is a sham.
Why isn’t the world vaccinated as omicron spreads like wildfire? Blame rich countries.
US science teacher arrested for vaccinating 17-year-old student.
Wealthy states and pharma companies catastrophically failed to ensure equal access to vaccines in 2021.
A Texas team comes up with a covid vaccine that could be a global game changer.
Omicron may reach millions before vaccines do – but that doesn’t mean race to vaccinate the world is over.
Profits Over People: Why weren’t the vaccine manufacturers nationalized?
The background to one strand of the covid vaccines
Halting progress and happy accidents: How mRNA vaccines were made.
The omicron variant
Faroe Islands super spreader event: why transmission among the triple-vaxxed shouldn’t alarm you.
Why does omicron appear to cause less severe disease than previous variants?
What are the symptoms of omicron?
Omicron: viral load can be at its highest at day five so cutting isolation period doesn’t make sense.
Where to go to catch covid
Here’s where (and how) you are most likely to catch covid.
The end in sight?
Britain ‘will be among first’ to emerge from covid pandemic.
End of Covid pandemic is ‘in sight’ but ‘difficult months ahead’.
How rapid tests changed the pandemic.
How to make sense of the UK’s new testing rules – this will likely to be very quickly out of date but it just goes to show how chaotic things are/were getting on for two years into the pandemic.
Other tactics to deal with covid
Covid is caused by a virus – so why are researchers treating it with antibiotics?
T-cells: the superheroes in the battle against omicron.
Hundreds of maskless London Underground passengers fined.
Mask refusals in some of England’s secondary schools spark parents’ concern.
Poverty in Britain
Yet another report, this time by the abrdn Financial Fairness Trust and University of Bristol, demonstrates that it was the poorest in British society who have paid the biggest price for the pandemic. Although those more ‘well off’ were protected, by such schemes as furlough and support for the self-employed, those who were getting little before the beginning of 2020 have got even less in the two years since. The Summary and the Full Report.
Another report by the abrdn Financial Fairness Trust looks at the issue of young people having to live with their parents. There are some positives but also a lot of negatives – especially for the poorer section of society. Living with parents where there is no Bank of Mum and Dad – the Report.
70% of people in Scotland are worried about unaffordable energy bills in 2022.
New data shows covid will continue to have a negative financial impact on many UK households.
UK: Temporary accommodation violates children’s rights.
Rising energy bills to ‘devastate’ poorest families.
The rich continue to get richer
Wealth of world’s 10 richest men doubled in pandemic.
Corruption in high places
Government fast track for ‘VIP’ PPE suppliers ruled unlawful by court – but, as with the so-called ‘Pandora’s Box’ revelations last year, little is likely to come of it.
The world gone mad
Texas teacher ‘locked covid-positive son in car boot‘
Why this should come as a surprise is a surprise to me. After all the home is the most dangerous place. Thee were probably countless other, minor injuries,n not requiring hospitalisation, that have occurred in the last couple of years but which have not been, and never will be, recorded. Thousands needed hospital treatment after lock down DIY.
Growing numbers of people are seeking advice on mortgage arrears in Scotland – and, as always, that means the problem will be replicated in the other parts of the UK.
Covid fallout hit farmers hard – they need better mental health support.
Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) – Charity warns of surge in cases of young children’s breathing illness this winter.
Languishing: what to do if you’re feeling restless, apathetic or empty.
The dominance of the covid pandemic over the last couple of years brings with it the danger that we forget that people are dying, in their millions, every year due to diseases and other reasons which are, in a ‘caring’ world, would be avoidable. The silent pandemic: drug-defying superbugs become a leading cause of death.
Antimicrobial resistance now causes more deaths than HIV/AIDS and malaria worldwide.
Insurance CEO says deaths up 40% [in USA] among working age people, and it’s not just covid.
…. or not?
Lock down schooling: research from across the world shows reasons to be hopeful.
‘Life after covid’
Most people don’t want a return to normal – they want a fairer, more sustainable future.
The ‘good’ that has come from the pandemic
How covid-19 transformed genomics and changed the handling of disease outbreaks forever.
An underlying problem
What’s driving the UK’s shortage of medical doctors?