Has no one heard of…

Mowing the lawn today I was mulling over the extensions to lockdowns that have recently been announced and find myself wondering “Why FFS?” The most vulnerable parts of the population have been vaccinated and then, like a closet Nazi’s wet dream comes the ‘Delta’ variant of the not so dreaded SARS/COV-2 virus. Followed by a renewal of the restrictions for another four weeks, and then some. Sorry was that my cynicism? I knew I’d put it somewhere.

Now those who have been driven to the brink of bankruptcy by these unnecessary restrictions that do little to curb the spread of a disease, any disease, will be teetering on the edge of financial oblivion these Government restrictions have driven everyone to, and I can’t help but ask; “Has no-one ever heard of cross-immunity?”

Put simply, if you were exposed to a form of the SARS virus, even as far back as 2003, your immune system will probably already be programmed to resist the Johnny come lately SARS/COV-2, as it is a similar coronavirus with similar spike proteins. Even without vaccination, ‘Delta’ variant or no.

The problem being is that no-one in any position of authority seems to understand this simple immunological principle. Which means far more of us are immune than the PCR ‘cases’ would imply.

Incidentally, I find the ‘asymptomatic spread’ meme highly suspect. If you are infected your bodily secretions (Snot, saliva etc) are likely to carry virus during the infectious phase of the disease. The whole ‘asymptomatic’ thing is a misnomer as no disease is completely asymptomatic. A sufferer might have low level symptoms, like a runny nose or a mild tickle, but how many of us pay attention to that? Yet such things do count as symptoms.

Fortunately, in the real world, asymptomatic spread is rarer than we have been led to believe. The real life asymptomatic spreaders are like the notorious ‘Typhoid Mary‘, the exception rather than the rule. Indeed, ‘asymptomatic’, or more accurately, pre-symptomatic spread is thought to occur in a maximum of 20%, of which just under half actually develop symptoms. Don’t believe me? Read this article from the British Medical Journal.

As for the deleterious effects of lockdowns, conversation with ‘South’ this morning. She had a piece of bad news, news that most people (Including her) would brush off with an “Oh that’s awful.”. Instead she had such a bad anxiety episode, she basically imploded and had to take a day off.

Normally robust people are cracking up under the strain of the restrictions. Society has not only lost it’s sanity, it has lost the box it came in. This is a massive crisis in the making, and one whose effects are only just beginning to bear a particularly bitter and putrid fruit.