"The big advantage of a lock-down"
is that it helps everything, but also EVERYTHING, to the buds.
For the rest, a lock-down mainly has disadvantages.
For a moment it seemed that governments were moving away from the lockdowns and movement restrictions. But nothing could be further from the truth. We can already see it coming back in Australia and New Zealand, Spain, Belgium and South America. There are rumors that all of Europe will go into lock-down again in mid-September. Let's hope they are just rumors …….
Because what is lock-down good for? Not for anything !!
If you were to compare Belgium, the Netherlands and Sweden in terms of measures alone, you could already come to that conclusion. Belgium: strict lock-down. The Netherlands: intelligent lock-down. Sweden: no lock-down. Results (medical and economic and in all respects):
Belgium is the worst, the Netherlands is doing a lot better and Sweden (although categorically denies) does not have that many problems.
Unfortunately, governments that have put in place lock-downs will never admit this.
In fact, without the lockdowns, the consequences would have been disastrous. Reports have been and are being produced on how dramatically many people would have died without the government measures.
And the dissident country of Sweden (among others, because, for example, also Japan and Brazil) is bashed daily and marked 'red' within Europe. Dangerous land !! You can't go there !! (otherwise you could find out it's all false propaganda)
I myself am locked up in Peru and on the basis of everything I have experienced here in Peru I can once again 100% endorse the above.
Peru (and other countries in South America) were among the last countries in the world where the virus landed. Peru was able to take measures with a knowledge advantage simply by observing what happened and had happened in previously affected countries.
On Sunday, March 15, Peru implemented a full lock-down after midnight overnight. At that time, only a handful of infections had been detected. Peru was early to nip the spread of the virus in the bud, was the train of thought.
All life was shut down here. From one day to the next, all schools, restaurants, businesses, transports, everything except supermarkets, groceries, pharmacies and banks closed.
One person per family was allowed to go to the store between 1 am and 6 pm per day to buy food or medicine and / or go to the bank.
Furthermore, it was forbidden for anyone to go outside. Army, police and city guards were deployed en masse to check everything and, if necessary, to fine everything, with or without brute force.
Face masks are permanently compulsory on the street and in shops and banks. As well as spraying liberally with disinfectants prior to any transaction.
The rise in the number of infections quickly became serious and Peru was soon able to enter the top 3 most infected countries. Peru is now well in 1st place worldwide with infections (read: tested positive with a cotton swab in your nose).
A lot of people here have little or no access to medical care and under normal circumstances live just above the poverty line and therefore do not actually have 150 soles in their pocket to pay for a test. But the people here are so terrified that all the money is scraped together to get in line for a PCR test.
Most people are also 'packed' here with hooded rain overalls, rubber boots, safety goggles, face mask and splash guard in front.
China wanted to test a vaccine and the Peruvians fought to be one of the 6.000 'lucky ones'.
It's all too sad to be true.
After 2 1/2 months of complete lock-down, it became abundantly clear that the policy did not really help (understatement of the year) and that in the meantime about half of the population was starving.
Gradually, the 'midday / curfew' hours were somewhat extended and some companies and activities (delivery services, maintenance services, clothing stores and laundries) were allowed to restart.
Step by step, the reins were loosened and most shops, restaurants and companies could now be reopened. But what do we see: The majority remains closed. I think partly caused by bankruptcies and money problems, but also because the fear is so great that they simply do not dare to open their restaurant or company.
The restaurants that are open have very few customers. The buses run almost empty through the city.
Schools and universities will remain closed until March next year and at least until the end of December we have to walk around in the street wearing mouth masks.
Initially, few deaths were recorded here. But after the definition of 'corona deaths' was changed, that number also shot up in the air.
A bizarre example is that last week the police went out with all their might to end a party in a nightclub in Los Olivos, a suburb of Lima. The party took place on the second floor and the police decided to keep the exit at the bottom of the stairs closed and to cause quite a bit of panic upstairs. The people rushed down the stairs and then hit the closed doors. 2 people died because of the hustle and bustle and panic.
11 of them are registered as 'corona deaths' ……….
Just like in Europe, the governments of South America also end up in a very nasty dilemma.
On the one hand, we want to maintain the economy and avoid waves of redundancy, but on the other hand it is made impossible for many people and companies to keep a company and / or job.
On the one hand they want to demonstrate the positive result of the absurd (oh no, very well thought out) measures, but on the other hand there is apparently also a need to keep people's fear and panic in check.
'Look at what a good policy we implement', on the one hand, but significantly increase the number of 'infected patients' and the number of 'corona deaths'.
In Peru they also use the 'mickey mouse PCR' test methods that drive the number of 'infections' to an unprecedented level. And here too the definitions for the registration of 'corona deaths' have been adjusted to make more impression
Unfortunately I do not have access to laboratory test data here (as in the Netherlands) which could show that corona infections no longer occur here either.
But since my wife has been an IC nurse for many years, I do have access to information from those directly involved through her and her colleagues and friends.
There has been a short period of time when the hospitals have been busy. As in Europe.
(Incidentally, the hustle and bustle in hospitals is not news here. Unfortunately, that is always the case).
Due to the lock-down and the 'estado de emergencia', however, the hospitals are now only accessible for emergencies and corona cases.
And what do you know:
It has never been so quiet in hospitals and clinics.
According to the news services, it is much worse in the provinces than in Lima. On TV news channels we saw crying crowds waiting in front of the hospitals in Huanuco (North East Peru). However, we recently visited family in Huanuco. In reality there was nothing at all, but nothing to worry about.
Think about this: The strictest lockdown in the entire world, according to official figures, has brought Peru to the highest contamination rate in the entire world and the highest death toll.
The whole country is lost. Many people have lost their jobs and / or businesses. A lot of bankruptcies are ongoing and imminent. The government is in serious financial difficulties.
The fear and panic are so deeply ingrained here that there seems to be no way out.
How badly can you fail as a government?
Fortunately, however, there is a lot of work going on on reports and statements that the lock-down was and is all 'very much necessary'.
The big advantage of a lock-down is that it destroys everything, BUT EVERYTHING.
For the rest, a lock-down mainly has disadvantages.