Yes indeed; there is no conspiracy to overplay COVID-19 because it is real, it is killing people. If anything, the real conspiracy is how the right-wing media is covering up how badly the government has messed it all up. Let us start with the reality of COVID-19. The rapid rise of the new strain combined with lacklustre omnishambles of a government response and a failed track-and-trace system has left us one of the worst hit counties in the world right now. So much so that London has declared a medical emergency. This is a good summary of where we are:
— David Schneider (@davidschneider) January 7, 2021
Bristol’s numbers are also rising and in some areas, those numbers are getting pretty scary;
THREAD: Three areas of South Bristol have the highest coronavirus case rates in the Bristol area
Hengrove 950 (cases per 100,000 pop.)
Knowle West 942
according to today’s latest case number figures. pic.twitter.com/eBsS0x5WsS
— Tristan Cork BLive (@TristanCorkPost) January 8, 2021
But is this not like flu? Is this not just another flu season? OK let’s look at the numbers together and see:
NEW: a common response to reports of hospitals struggling this winter is “it’s no different to a bad flu season!”
I’ve tracked down historical data on flu ICU admissions, including winter 2017-18, a record high.
Here’s how England’s Covid winter compares to a bad flu season 📹 pic.twitter.com/tsExrDZM31
— John Burn-Murdoch (@jburnmurdoch) January 7, 2021
Yeah but ok, you may think, the numbers are bad but so is everywhere – the UK is suffering and so is the world? Not really. Here’s a natural experiment – one island with COVID-19, two different Governments trying to respond and look at the case-rate difference. It’s shocking:
I still can’t get over how stark the divide in COVID-19 cases between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland is. It’s been like this for *months*. pic.twitter.com/322lYGmpce
— Colin Angus (@VictimOfMaths) December 30, 2020
What’s more and is unsurprising is that there is common cause and links between the COVID deniers, climate deniers and extreme Brexiteers. Basically once you’ve fallen down the rabbit hole once, you are more likely to fall down more such holes;
It was a good question, because it is increasingly clear that the UK is facing not just a pandemic of deadly disease but also one of disinformation – and the impacts of the latter pandemic are exacerbating those of the former. What’s more, it’s impossible to escape the conclusion that there is very strong correlation between the so-called ‘covidiots’ pushing anti-scientific claims about the virus and the people who have been pushing disinformation about Brexit for the past five years.
So many of the same media voices that were amplified by Brexit, enabled to peddle disinformation on Brexit are now doing the same thing on COVID. The right wing media in the UK are literally getting people killed now.
What we need people, is this:
Choose life. Choose to keep a sensible distance. Choose wearing a mask. Choose watching the Christmas lectures. Choose mentoring those children you’ve spawned. Choose your future. Choose others. Choose to recognise choice as a privilege and to protect those who have less choice.
— Prof Alice Roberts💙 (@theAliceRoberts) January 7, 2021