AT THE beginning of this ‘crisis’ I sympathised with Boris Johnson on the grounds that he was ‘damned if he does, damned if he doesn’t.’
I’ve withdrawn that sympathy now that I know that panic was a planned policy from the start. That is why Sage was stuffed with psychologists, sociologists, political scientists and other low life, and why neither its membership nor its minutes were made public.
It was similar in Germany, but there the truth leaked out in a book Corona: False Alarm? by Dr Karina Reiss, a German biochemist https://www.dermatology.uni-kiel.de/pages/forschung/ag-reiss.php and linguist, and Dr Sucharit Bhakdi, a retired Thai-German microbiologist. It sold 200,000 copies in six weeks in Germany and has recently been translated into English.
It says that Professor Uwe Janssens, President of the Interdisciplinary Association of Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine, gave the all-clear in the Deutschlandfunk(German World Service): ‘We have enough intensive care beds!’ Even if Germany had as many coronavirus infections as Italy, they had approximately 28,000 beds in intensive care units, 25,000 of which were equipped with ventilators, so nearly 34 beds per 100,000 citizens. This was like no other country in Europe. Professor Reinhard Busse, leader of the specialist field ‘Management of the Health Care System’ at the Technical University in Berlin, gave the all-clear as well: ‘Even if we had conditions like in Italy, we would be nowhere near to being overburdened.’
Yet the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), Germany’s centre for public health, kept fostering fear, says the book. The ‘number of intensive care beds will not be sufficient’, announced Professor Lothar Wieler, president of the RKI and trained veterinarian, at the beginning of April. Why? Wieler explained: ‘The epidemic continues and the number of fatalities will keep going up’.
According to the book, the real explanation – kept under lock and key at that time – was quite different. It came to light in May, when a previously confidential document appeared on the website of the German Ministry of the Interior. The shocking contents confirmed circulating rumours. The document, dating from mid-March, was the minutes of a meeting of the coronavirus task force (equivalent to our Sage). From it, one was astounded to learn that fear-mongering was the official agenda created to manage the epidemic. All the pieces of the puzzle then fell into place. Everything had been planned. The high numbers of infections were purposely reported because the numbers of deaths would ‘sound too trivial’. The central goal was to achieve a massive shock effect. Three examples are given of how to stir up primal fears in the general population:
1 People should be scared by a detailed description of dying from COVID-19 as ‘slow drowning’. Imagining death through excruciating slow suffocation incites the most dread.
2 People should be told that children were a dangerous source of infection because they would unwittingly carry the deadly virus and kill their parents.
3 Warnings about alarming late consequences of SARS-CoV-2 infections were to be scattered. Even though not formally proven to exist, they would frighten people.
Altogether, this strategy would enable all intended measures to be implemented with general acceptance by the public.
The book makes it becomes more understandable why Wieler steadfastly adhered to his projections. Numbers of infections were used to calculate the number of intensive care beds that would be needed, without taking into account the fact that 90 per cent of infected individuals would not be seriously ill, or that the majority of patients who did require hospital treatment would recover and be discharged. Corona, False Alarm? is essential reading.