The world’s leaders are making fundamental errors in our battle against Covid-19.
When facing crises, avoid panic. But panic is driving policy in many of the world’s democracies, particularly America and Britain. The focus on infection rates, rather than mortality rates is at the heart of the failure to find a solution.
The people who are dying from Covid have existing conditions and/or weakened immune systems Because it is a respiratory ailment, smokers are also at risk.
Our attempts to isolate the entire population, shutting down our economies in the process, is not working.
At present we’re pinning our hopes on the development of a vaccine.
There is a better solution.
A third of people who become infected are asymptomatic – they show no symptoms at all. Without full scale testing of the population, the track and trace system becomes an exercise in futility.
People who are generally healthy become infected and fall ill suffer brief flu-like symptoms, before enjoying full recovery. People who recover develop anti-bodies that protect them from re-infection. Of the 25 million people who have been infected, there are only four recorded cases of re-infection.
And that’s where the solution lies.
The people who must isolate are those who are at risk. The rest of the population have a responsibility to avoid contact with the risk groups, but otherwise can carry on life as normal. This will cause the disease to spread rapidly, and then die, as has happened to previous pandemics. We will develop a herd immunity, as our immune systems learns to counter the new threat.
The isolation is voluntary. The people who are at risk know who they are, and it’s their choice to make. The downside is the burden that they place on the healthcare system.
The people who are in the risk groups can escape their predicament. Many of the conditions that put them at risk are affected by poor eating habits, lack of exercise and smoking.
People’s poor choices are affecting everyone. That must stop?