From the Chris Spivey blog:
“As of 19 March 2020, COVID-19 is no longer considered to be a high consequence infectious diseases (HCID) in the UK.
The 4 nations public health HCID group made an interim recommendation in January 2020 to classify COVID-19 as an HCID. This was based on consideration of the UK HCID criteria about the virus and the disease with information available during the early stages of the outbreak.
Now that more is known about COVID-19, the public health bodies in the UK have reviewed the most up to date information about COVID-19 against the UK HCID criteria. They have determined that several features have now changed; in particular, more information is available about mortality rates (low overall), and there is now greater clinical awareness and a specific and sensitive laboratory test, the availability of which continues to increase.
The Advisory Committee on Dangerous Pathogens (ACDP) is also of the opinion that COVID-19 should no longer be classified as an HCID” Source: Status of Covid-19, High Consequence Infectious Diseases, Gov.UK)
This, along with the Oxford study that found the virus present and peaking in mid-January, tells us everything we need to know, as the UK is still under lock down. Its news media, just like here, is still doing everything it can to scare the crap out of people. The reason is not medical and has nothing to do with public health. It is political.
I was at the supermarket today, as I now go out far more often daily than in the past, just on principle. I did not need anything, but wanted to walk what I call the “O Circuit”, which ends in the far back corner of the store, the markdown bin. Often I find a little treat there. No such luck today.
In the parking lot on the way in, I walked by an elderly woman who had unloaded her cart. As I always do, I offered to take it back to the store for her. She said she had not wiped it down, I said I did not care and started wheeling it. She said “You are braver than me,” and I shrugged and smiled. Then she said “You haven’t lost anyone yet, have you.”
That is fear. That is how it works, and that is what they are deliberately doing to people. It is abusive beyond the pale.
I decided today that what we are witnessing is indeed momentous and important. It is meant to be lasting and devastating. It is meant to put us in our houses, quietly watching TV, afraid to raise our eyes in the face of tyranny. There is a word for it: coup d’é·tat.