Difference between UK and China in one photo

People don’t believe the low infection numbers in China, but ALL the messaging is ‘wear your mask’ etc.

Now a week after the Queen’s funeral expect a surge in infections amongst the 100,000s who watched it unmasked.

And here’s the experience of a top immunologist, 4x jabbed, who got infected and now has permanent heart damage. He’s much more cautious now!!!

Top immunologist now much more cautious

It ain’t over yet no matter what presidents might say.

Lets be careful.out there.

How much does public messaging effect the spread of the Virus?

Yesterday, Hunan (66m) had one symptomatic case remaining in the province and a new asymptomatic case was discovered in Changsha upon arrival from another province. All new arrivals need to quarantine and present themselves for testing upon arrival.

This is the message I found from the Changsha CDC about the latter, precautions that need to be taken, and contact tracing.

Changsha CDC

What messaging do you get in the UK about new cases? How does it differ? Does it make any difference?

I’ll leave the answers to you.

Choose your Covid experts carefully!

Over 2 years into this pandemic I’ve learned not to treat all experts with the same respect! Be particularly careful of those who offer advice and comments that would lead to reduced caution! They may be right about many things but not always! Experts need ‘common sense’ as well as their scientific qualifications.

Example: The CSA for England recommended at the very start of the pandemic that as many children should get infected as soon as possible to give lasting protection. [I will note that to my knowledge no coronavirus – neither the 4 which produce the common colds nor SARS1 – have ever resulted in ‘herd immunity’.]

Example: ICU Consultant Good Hope Hospital, Sutton Coldfield stated on 10 Aug 2020 that there would be no second wave!

Example: There are still experts suggesting that herd immunity is the way out of this pandemic even though the experience in June 2022 is that reinfections are growing at an alarming rate, and that a preprint now suggests that reinfections result in significantly worse outcomes.

Example: several South African doctors described their experience with Omicron as ‘the vaccine we’ve all been waiting for’!

Example: I’m alarmed that several prominent medics approved of by the UK govt presently ignore and fail the mention the ‘epidemic’ of Long Covid now experience in the UK (ONS state over 2m suffering currently), and there’s no known cure, just some treatments for some of the symptoms.

This is not to infer that experts are wrong all the time. The thing to look out for is those making suggestions that things are getting better (when not enough time has elapsed to warrant it) and other suggestions which lead the viewers to assume that they can relax on the cautionary measures. In general, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine have had a good record, but on 25 Oct 2021 they came out with the unqualified prediction that UK daily cases would be down to 5,000 by Christmas. We all know what actually happened (Hint: Omicron). And we need to listen carefully. Far too often experts, particularly those representing the govt position, give only a limited view (such as hospitalisations and fatalities) but ignore longer-term problems. It is worth noting that even those who’ve only experienced asymptomatic infections, one year later on are experiencing a marked increase in the incidence of diabetes.

Even Prof Danny Altmann (Immunology Prof, Ed at OUP Oxford Open Immunol, associate ed Vaccine. ICL Research group with RJ Boyton) put out this warning tweet:

“Noting some of my friends (and professional colleagues who should know better) disbelieving that we have a BA4/5 wave, around 1 in 40 infected. often feeling really ill, time off work, some destined for #longcovid. Please remember masks, consider the CEV. 14:25 • 25/06/2022 • Twitter for iPhone”

Let’s still be careful out there.

The West’s View of the Pandemic in China

Most western articles about the current handling of the pandemic in China promote ‘living with Covid’. While, in the small print, they acknowledge that this may lead to 1.5m deaths in the country as a whole, that seems to be subservient to relaxation of precautions. What is wrong with people?

While they acknowledge that the lockdowns in Shanghai have caused Western industry problems with chip shortages, they seem to ignore the fact that China is currently the effective ‘workshop of the world’; ‘living with covid’ would cause colossal harm, not only to the Chinese economy but to the world. If they’re unhappy about current chip shortages, they’ve seen nothing compared to a major recession in China and its effect on the world economy if ‘living with covid’ were to replace the current precautions.

Even if you don’t believe the statistics coming out of China, just because the precautions being taken are much greater than anywhere else on the planet from what I understand, the incidence is bound to be much less than elsewhere. Less incidence also means less Long Covid. And just a few academics are now starting to realise that LC is a big problem; not just treating it, but for the economy long term.

We need to brace ourselves for a tsunami of Long Covid

While far too many countries have abandoned restrictions aimed to prevent the spread of the virus, I’m bloody glad that China has not!