In the very early days of the pandemic, a health policy expert and senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, Scott Atlas, wrote to a high-level government official in Washington that lockdowns and other measures were wrong. “The panic needs to be stopped both about the need for lockdown and even a frantic need for urgent testing,” he said on March 21, 2020. This set the tone for a strategy known as herd immunity that he advocated at the White House starting in July as an aide to President Donald Trump. It was misguided, costly and wrong.
Dr. Atlas is a radiologist and the health policy he might be an expert on is what kind of x-ray machine to use. Why anyone was listening to this guy for infectious disease expertise is one of life’s mysteries.
Why anyone was listening to this guy for infectious disease expertise is one of life’s mysteries.
People listened to him, because he was saying what they wanted to hear. Remember how the media was touting Sweden’s no-precautions approach? Actually, what the USian media was spreading was not quite right. There were some precaution measures taken in Sweden, but the USian media was pushing the narrative that Sweden was not doing anything different, and everything was fine.
While Sweden has twice the population of Norway, Denmark, or Finland, their total deaths from covid is well in excess of what would be explained by the population difference.
Cumulative number of coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths in the Nordic countries (as of May 17, 2022)
Most people act like spoiled, little, children. They don’t want to learn anything new. They don’t want to do anything new. That’s why there is such a huge market for “miracle weight loss” pills, that claim you don’t need to make any lifestyle changes, don’t exercise, keep scarfing down the burgers and fries, and you will be slim and fit, just by taking their pill.