Monday, 29 June 2020

COVID-19 events from May Newsletter

For my Rune-Magic online workshop on 8th May I did a divination on the progress of the pandemic in the British Isles. It was a 3-rune reading, and the staves I got were Isa, Eihwaz and Kenaz.

I found this to be very clear: death and lockdown, and the timescale suggested is till next Winter. In other words, it will be the end of next winter, early next year, before this pandemic has run its course. 
So, what is best practice now we've some evidence in?

Sweden's no-lockdown approach is proving a complete disaster.  

The country that's done best so far is Vietnam. 'Despite a long border with China and a population of 97 million people, Vietnam has recorded only just over 300 cases of Covid-19 on its soil and not a single death.' Their method included a rigorous lockdown early on, and then tracing contacts for those who turn up with symptoms. 

The UK's late lockdown is a dismal failure. We had the third-highest daily death rate internationally – 4.49 deaths per million people per day. Only Sweden, with a rate of 4.68, and Brazil at 4.49, came out worse. Sweden didn't do anything and Brazil is run by a government that is openly boasting about getting pension costs down.
Britain has failed badly. The herd immunity people were wrong. The people that took their cue from healthcare workers were right.
Looking at methods for containing viral spread, the French have got a great scheme: dogs that can sniff out infected people, and this training is being worked on in England.  

So the take-home: Early lockdown and tracing contacts? Best practice. Lockdown later? Almost useless, small positive effect. No action? Disastrous.

SELF-HELP (which is all we've got when we're led by donkeys): Irish researchers have found that having
 high levels of Vitamin D pro
tect against Covid; it “support the immune system through a number of immune pathways”

Lionel Snell's Thoughts on lockdown.

Sunday, 14 June 2020

COVID AND WORLD EVENTS from April Newsletter

As you may have noticed, there's some pretty strange stuff happening.  For a start, check this out, a self-reorganisation of the US states: 

‘Speaking on MSNBC, Governor Gavin Newsom said that he would use the bulk purchasing power of California “as a nation-state” to acquire the hospital supplies that the federal government has failed to provide. If all goes according to plan, Newsom said, California might even “export some of those supplies to states in need.” 
He said 'nation state'; that's maybe a sign of things to come. Other regional coalitions are forming too. 
UBIGuy Standing writing for The Idler:
'A modest basic income is definitely affordable. Think of the billions being poured into the financial markets. Think of the fact that every year the Treasury operates over 1,100 forms of tax reliefs that favour higher-income groups to the tune of over £400 billion, according to the government’s own figures. As shown elsewhere, there is no need to raise the standard rate of income tax in order to pay everyone at least £100 a week. That is not enough to cover people’s needs, but it would make a substantial difference to those on low incomes and facing those debts.'
Ramsey Dukes speaks on Technology versus Coronavirus  - how solutions might be found in the most despised technologies.

Some older technologies may be paying off. The idea of testing already-approved drugs against Covid in order to find a cure rather than a vaccine is getting results in some unlikely places - such as an anti-heartburn medicine.   

And nicotine...