The Foundation for Economic Education, in an article appearing 28 July on its FEE.org website, challenges the official narrative that COVID-19, this time fueled by the Delta variant, is once again surging and necessitating practices and restrictions like mask-wearing and social distancing be reinstated, even for those individuals who are fully vaccinated.
The FEE.org article brands mainstream media coverage of the “rise of the Delta variant” as “soaked in alarmism,” and cites a Harvard Medical School professor’s graph showing that deaths from COVID are at the lowest level since the “pandemic” was declared in March 2020.
And another authority, this one a professor of medicine at Stanford, notes that the extremely low death count seems at odds with the rising number of COVID cases and of people hospitalized, but notes that alarm over case numbers ignores that most cases exhibit mild symptoms or are asymptomatic, and that increased hospitalizations have not been accompanied by increased deaths.
See Trends Journal of April 14, 2020, “THE NUMBERS DON’T ADD UP.”
So claims of a resurgence are really unfounded, and COVID is not the all-consuming threat it once was. But, the article notes, government officials and fans of big government have a vested interest in keeping the COVID pot boiling, because “the rhetoric of ’emergency’ and ‘crisis’ is the government’s favorite tool…in expanding and maintaining its power over our lives.”
The Nobel Prize recipient Friedrich Hayek once noted that “‘Emergencies’ have always been the pretext on which the safeguards of individual liberty have eroded,” and that those who get a taste of power in a “crisis” find it habit-forming and find ways to preserve the “crisis.”
TRENDPOST: The article concludes that “Whether politicians like it or not, the COVID-19 crisis is largely over,” yet, this information goes virtually unreported. Instead, the media keeps hyping the new virus variant that is allegedly more contagious while ignoring the facts that it is less deadly and in fact the COVID death numbers are small.