Pre-lockdown, despite the poverty people exist in, I never received messages like this from my many contacts in Cambodia. In the past week I have received three from three different people, plus messages from close friends with resources but living amongst it and witnessing the carnage, that “things are not good here now”, “we are less afraid of virus and more afraid about hunger” and “it looks like the war came back to us”.
This is the human face of lockdown and fear narrative used as a “public health” tool. One example of many in a growing swell of resistance against the insanity that has overtaken our world is today’s interview with Jay Bhattacharya of Stanford University, one of this year’s public health luminaries determinedly upholding the principles of public health. A year ago Bhattacharya was one of the first to identify that Covid-19 was being sold as orders of magnitude more dangerous than it actually is. As with other Infectious Disease Epidemiologists merely doing the job they’re skilled to do, he was pummelled viciously.
Another worthwhile article is Professor Bhattacharya and his equally courageous colleague from Harvard University, Martin Kulldorff, speaking this week on the attacks that qualified Infectious Disease Epidemiologists have faced in the climate of vicious lockdown advocacy. A big part of the problem appears to be “ultracrepidarianism”, the phenomenon of people assuming knowledge outside their own area of expertise. The most obvious example of this being Anthony Fauci of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease. Dr Fauci is an Immunologist who has worked for many years as a public servant. In the Covid-19 pandemic he has assumed the role of Infectious Disease Epidemiologist, a credential that he is not qualified to hold. In a pandemic there are three areas of public health which are important, being:
- Clinical expertise – the people skilled to care for individuals suffering from the disease in question;
- Immunologists – the people with specialised understanding of the human immune system, important for assessing and advising on issues of immunity and vaccination;
- Infectious Disease Epidemiologists – those with specialised understanding of population-disease dynamics and how to minimise the impact of disease transmission.
The most maligned, censored and frustrated group of experts in this crisis are the Infectious Disease Epidemiologists. Their knowledge and expertise has been rejected by a loud, powerful and politically charged minority of clinicians, immunologists, specialists in other areas such as genetics and pharmacology, all displaying ultracrepidarianism and influencing views of a general public whose instincts for simple explanations (eg lockdowns will stop the virus) reject established epidemiology.
“A vicious cycle which will never end unless politicians begin to listen to what epidemiologists have to say“
~ Knutt Wittkowski, Infectious Disease Epidemiologist
Meanwhile, as governments persist with their convictions on lockdown policy, evidence continues to accumulate on the ineffectiveness of lockdown as a public health intervention and the simultaneous effectiveness of lockdown as a killer of human life. A year ago, would a captioned photograph like this out of China have appeared normal? Does it appear as normal now, or as bio-fascism? Ten reasons why immunity passports are a bad idea.