From the beginning of this crisis we have been pointing out that there are two mutually contradictory messages at the heart of the covid19 rollout, and, just as Orwell describes in 1984, a major point of the exercise seems to be to get people to believe both at the same time.
1. ‘BE AFRAID…’
The first message is that covid19 is terrifying, unique, an existential threat to the human race.
This message is never sourced to much fact, because the facts about the virus don’t really support it. If it cites anything solid it’s the appallingly sloppy and discredited Imperial computer model, or some generic research into the pathology of severe infections or rare viral syndromes, which it tries to spin as being unique to covid19, even though it is not. But mostly it doesn’t cite anything at all. Or really claim anything at all.
It just tells people to be afraid. Very afraid. Of death, of uncertainty, of the ‘virus’, of other people, of ‘fake news’.
The fear being encouraged is not rooted in facts, and is therefore impervious to them.
2. ‘THERE IS NOTHING TO BE AFRAID OF…’
The second message is that covid19 is actually pretty harmless and no big deal.
This message is rooted in a great deal of fact, because, as we have been pointing out since day one, pretty much all the data coming out about this virus supports exactly this conclusion.
Chris Whitty above is only one of many and this is not even his first go at explaining clearly that covid19 is only dangerous to a very very small minority of people, and that most who get it will be just fine.