Erm in South Africa we are almost 90% immune to covid. Omicron is raging literally - we are all getting it - but it has no obvious symptoms.
Omicron was picked up in hospitals from people admitted for other reasons - emergency mostly - first. Suddenly the covid tests were mostly coming up positive but people were not being admitted for covid symptoms. Mmm.
If you look at South Africa’s covid infection and death graphs - South Africa COVID: 3,180,785 Cases and 90,148 Deaths - Worldometer - you see typical societal response to a new virus without medical intervention. Yes, in a youth-skewed society.
Very clear waves of infection. Death rate falling to almost zero compared to other ambient medical and non-medical risks in the Omicron wave (now).
Stupidly in South Africa the medical community still seem obsessed with vaccination. I cannot say it too often. Recovery from exposure/infection is way more effective at repelling future strains of covid than any vaccine can be, particularly RNA vaccines.
We are now 90% plus covered in our urban areas, and mostly, like India, from actual exposure/infection not vaccines.
Omicron might just be the silver bullet for countries like Oz and NZ that are still isolating. Covid is a coronavirus like the common cold. It will become endemic. It will continue to morph. We animals have a very good immune system that deals with all viruses, as long as we have a useful viral imprint.
It’s worth pointing out that viral infections killed way more people than guns did in colonial conquests. Smallpox eradicated communities. Why? The colonials carrying smallpox were already naturally immune although infected.
Isolation is a very dangerous ploy. When you @claire open up again, you will need to deal not only with newer strains of covid, but also whatever flu or common cold viruses have been doing the rounds. I expect your zeitgeist will be to lock down again. Isolate. Cry for mommy in the form of a burly militant?
Be careful what you wish for.
Remember people, this is just a virus - and dense connected human societies allow viruses to flourish. Remember too that we animals have been designed to deal with virus attack.
Covid is super interesting because it is the first true zeitgeist panic about natural pathogens. Ebola was close and Ebola is easily contained because it is so locally deadly.
It is so interesting that we are even considering a world where vaccines are mandatory. Like really, take a step back. We are admitting that humanity cannot exist without medical intervention to everyone. Always. Perpetually. Top ups every 6 months.
That is not going to happen. Parents will volunteer for MMR and polio vaccines for their kids. But not covid. There is no danger in covid infection for kids. There is little danger in covid infection for young adults.
It’s a very weird world where all humans require medical intervention just to live. Require by law. Take these drugs or you are not allowed to be part of society.
Practically it won’t happen. Most humans currently living are below the economic limit of government vaccines. Many humans will not care because they are more focused on survival.
Between the medical pragmatic - only old and infirm people are really in danger, the shorter term pragmatic - most poor people in urban dense areas are already exposed/recovered - and the silly intent to enforce vaccination and isolation - natural infection is way more effective than vaccine - we have been taken hostage by the female intent. Protect everyone always.
Trust me, this is not how life works. I do prefer freedom.