By Chris Morrison
The sad loss of life in UK care homes as frail and elderly residents quickly succumbed to Covid 19 is proving a political football beyond price, a gift that keeps giving for the workshy and a cue for pandemic pundits to keep the deep fear and hysteria going for as long as possible.
Around 20,000 people died from, or more likely with, Covid in the seven month period from March. Average figures for deaths in care homes can be difficult to measure exactly. The average length of residency in a care home is 2.3 years and with a total population of around 420,000, this indicates that over 100,000 die or move on possibly to die within seven months anyway.
Official death figures are less at around 130,000 fatalities a year indicating about 76,000 residents would have usually died during the seven months after March. As we know average deaths across the population were well down in the first three months of the year due to a notably benign influenza season. The undoubted spikes seen in care homes when Covid struck were very likely the old and frail being taken having been spared earlier in the year.
In the end, it seems that Covid 19 was a virus that killed mostly the very old (average age over 82) and those with specific conditions, notably obesity, diabetes and dementia. The young were barely affected, no children died in the UK apart from six with other significant health issues. It is a nasty little bug with some unwelcome side effects in a few people and nobody wants to get it. But on the biblical scale of plague, it is not much higher than a common cold, to which of course it is closely related.
Only time and future inquiry will tell us whether it was worth it to shut down and destroy large parts of the productive economy with the loss of millions of jobs and smaller future pension returns, clear the hospitals of non-Covid patients (to save the NHS) with health repercussions to follow and cancel half a year of schooling for the young.
In addition, we are stuck with unending state control telling us who we can meet, necessitating what we must wear over our faces, where we can travel and threatening us with further house arrest.
In the end, it seems the usual bell curve, common to most viruses, was a pattern that has been followed in almost every country of the world, whether they nailed up the doors of the infected as in China or let the citizens carrying on dancing in the streets as in Sweden.
In the end, of course, it hasn’t ended. Chief pandemic cheerleader and house arrest promotor Piers Morgan has had an excellent Covid campaign with his own twitter impressions almost mirroring the size of the ballooning national debt. With Covid virulence declining (common to most viruses), he recently rallied the troops:
This virus is NOT over.
Big Brother loves you (note to sub-ed, please check my notes on this last one)
Another astonishing person who calls herself a journalist and tweets as fleetstreetfox, recently wrote in the going woke, going broke Daily Mirror:
“It is particularly ironic that a PM who’s had 4 holidays this year and has killed off 65,000 people is telling us to try harder”.
Ash Sakar from already woke, already broke Novara Media, was punting the idea on the public airways that a way out of our current economic difficulties was for everyone to go on a four day week. Of course, all this laziness was rife in the Soviet Union, the spiritual home of “literally a communist” Sakar, where the joke was that the state pretended to pay us and we pretended to work.
“Work” is rather stretching it in many of our seats on unlearning these days but even political brainwashing and posturing has to take a back seat when there is a pandemic killing almost none of the over-charged customers. The left-wing university lecturers’ union said recently that students moving around the UK “made no sense”. Union general secretary Jo Grady said it was a “recipe for disaster and risks leaving ill-prepared universities as the care homes of a second wave”.
Showing a concern for their own welfare way beyond the call of duty, the lecturers added that the government has to step in “and underwrite any lost funding for the higher education sector”.
It is surprising that nobody has picked up on the similarities between care homes and universities before. As is well known, students have an average age of 82 and are generally not in the best of health. In particular, dementia is common among the young, although the causes are usually induced by self-medication and prove short-lived. Like care homes, only 27% of students live for three years, just long enough to finish their courses.
But it seems the death toll is a tad on the high side. Of course, the mental anguish of any white male having to listen to a lecture from Professor Priyamvada Gopal of Cambridge knowing that she has fantasies of kneecapping him must be enormous. And one can only imagine the stress of having to repeat and write the latest politically correct clap-trap du jour, always fearing that your thoughts have suddenly become so last November that a Bishop Tutu now beckons along with a career in Pret A Manger. Sorry, cancel that last thought, very last November, no current vacancies.
To Ms Grady the only response to her ludicrous scaremongering is that of the late great fast bowler Bob Willis. When cricketers cited a danger and came off for “bad light” with the floodlights on in the middle of the day, he regularly demanded: “Show me the bodies”.
As it is, it is a complete mystery why anyone would seek to shut down a university system and on the wider front continue to sabotage an economy that keeps us all alive for a virus that is currently a fatal threat to almost nobody. Perhaps early dementia is more of a problem than we thought.
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