At LewRockwell.com, Paul Craig Roberts notes that COVID is a danger, but so is life. He asks why one danger should be allowed to “wreck the economy and civil liberty.” He writes (abridged):
As readers know, I do not think that the Covid virus itself is a hoax. From the beginning I have taken the virus seriously. I reported the available information that the ability of the virus to spread threatened hospital capacity and could overwhelm the medical system. I supported limited closedowns in order to reduce the rate at which the infection spread.
I reported that Vitamin C and D3 together with zinc and NAC strengthened the immune system against the virus.
I reported that the masks people are wearing are not N95 masks and thereby do not prevent inhalation and exhalation of the virus. Some medical professionals have concluded that the masks do harm and no good.
One can understand why many view the Covid pandemic as an orchestration. The reports of Wuhan in China were frightening. The lockdown and massive number of cases, the mortality of which were not known. Despite the warning, the public health authorities in the entirety of the Western World were slow to take any measures and permitted the virus to infect the West. No airline flights from infected countries were canceled until after the virus was imported. Cruise ships continued to operate. No N95 masks were available. Measures, except in Sweden, were imposed that themselves were harmful and perhaps caused more harm than Covid itself.
Covid is a danger, but so is life. Why wreck the economy and civil liberty over this one danger, especially as the danger has been exaggerated? Hardly anyone has died from Covid except people with co-morbidities. These deaths are concentrated in the older age groups for the simple reason that the longer a person lives, the more morbidity the person has accumulated by poor health habits such as diet, smoking, alcohol, and lack of exercise.
Paul Craig Roberts, a former Assistant Secretary of the US Treasury and former associate editor of the Wall Street Journal, has been reporting shocking cases of prosecutorial abuse for two decades.