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How the Covid goalposts were moved


THE Chinese coronavirus hit American shores – officially, anyway, there is significant evidence that it arrived earlier – in late January last year. The American public were told that a two-week shutdown of the economy would ‘flatten the curve’, relieving the pressure on hospital intensive care units and saving lives in the long run.

Americans, including conservatives, being people of good faith, complied, thinking that this was a commonsense measure in the wake of a new and mysterious pandemic.

But two things quickly happened: First, the goalposts moved. No longer was it enough to ‘flatten the curve’. Now we were to be locked down until there was a cure. Even the cure was not enough for some figures like the lionised-by-liberals Dr Anthony Fauci: we would continue to be locked down even after a vaccine had been rammed through the approvals process with limited testing. When would we be allowed out by our masters? No one could answer this.

Second, there was an intensification of the authoritarian measures. Some states, aided by Big Tech, introduced ‘contact tracing’ where people had to sign in with extensive personal information if they wanted, for example, to eat out at a restaurant.

We should add that a third thing didn’t so much ‘happen’ but was discovered: As it turns out, unless you are old (over the age of 65), morbidly obese or suffer from a complicating disorder (such as diabetes or asthma), Covid-19 was little more than a bad cold or the flu.

 You can read my full article here. 

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Sam Jacobs
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