You mean we did all that for nothing?
Originally, we were told that governments can assume unprecedented control over our lives, businesses, and even our own faces for the goal of not overrunning hospitals. A year later, as we come increasingly close to herd immunity, not only are hospitals in no danger of being overrun, but it turns out that people have likely contracted the virus at a rate that would have occurred without any of these restrictions – and their calamitous damage to society. Twelve months later, it's all pain and no gain.
We've always known that the number of confirmed COVID cases in a given region is only a fraction of the likely infection rate. Now, according to Great Britain's Office for National Statistics (ONS), 54.7% of people in England in a random sample of 30,000 have SARS-CoV-2 antibodies, which includes people who have had been infected or have been vaccinated. Those are the sort of numbers we were promised would happen only if we just "let the virus rip" without any non-pharmaceutical interventions, aka lockdowns and mask-wearing. But it turns out that the virus was always gonna virus, regardless of what hocus-pocus was thrown in front of it.
The survey, conducted from December 7 to March 14, also revealed the antibody levels in the other areas of Great Britain: 50.5% in Wales, 49.3% in Northern Ireland, and 42.6% in Scotland. As the Daily Mail observes, "The figure is likely to be even higher now because millions more have been vaccinated since the blood tests were conducted a fortnight ago, and it takes about two weeks for immunity to kick in."
Also, many people don't produce antibodies or their antibodies wane quickly because the T cells warded off the virus without major symptoms. It is therefore likely that if 55% of Brits have antibodies, a supermajority of citizens are already immune.
We have no way of knowing how much of the seroprevelance is from the vaccinations and how much is from infection, but many other countries have had aggressive vaccination programs and still do not have as few cases as Great Britain currently has. That tells you there is a lot of built-up immunity from the earlier waves of infection.
Here are the latest death numbers from Worldometer.
This data demonstrates that the entire 12-month premise of lockdowns and masks to slow the spread was a lie (after the original lie of flatten the curve), and even more so, any continuation of these policies after most people have immunity is built upon a dastardly lie. Even if the new goal has changed illogically from decreasing the burden on the hospitals to slowing the growth of cases, it's quite evident that these measures don't work. We have now achieved well over 50% immunity between infection and vaccines in most Western countries, built on 12 months of masochist public policy designed to preclude that immunity.
Despite cases slowing to a trickle for the past two months, Britain is still under a strict lockdown. Restaurants, hotels, stadiums, and even indoor mixing in groups of six or more are still being regulated until May 17, as well as all international travel. Even nonessential retail and gyms are closed for another week.
Ironically, this news comes at a time of global panic over the "Kent" British variant of the virus, which was supposedly super deadly and contagious, yet Britain itself barely had any cases since the variant was discovered. Which demonstrates that this is all about natural geographical and seasonal patters of spread that will continue everywhere until herd immunity is built up, not about specific variants or non-pharmaceutical interventions.
What this likely shows is that immunity from both infection and the vaccines works against different variants of the virus, as one would expect, but only those who had a high degree of natural immunity are close to herd immunity. Serbia, which also has high vaccination rates like Great Britain, is still going through its latest wave of deaths.
The difference between Serbia and Great Britain is obvious because Serbia, like most Eastern European countries, didn't experience much of a wave earlier last year. Consequentially, the country has less built up natural immunity on top of the vaccinations.
Texas, like Great Britain, has probably come close to herd immunity, which is why three weeks after getting rid of the mask mandate, and with the Kent variant as the dominant strain throughout Texas, the virus is at its lowest level since it started.
NEW: 3 weeks since Texas lifted their mask mandate, the 7 day average in cases is the lowest it's been since June https://t.co/RFATqgXzGb— Breaking911 (@Breaking911)1617559631.0
The Czech Republic, on the other hand, was touted as the world champion masking country, yet it failed to protect this nation from experiencing the worst surge in Europe.
@bclpbclp @RMConservative @GBMillennial @WSJ @ianmSC Batting 1.000 https://t.co/dhbAZCl4Mo— Hold2 (@Hold2)1617711396.0
By hook or by crook, we will reach herd immunity. The question is whether we will to continue to needlessly destroy humanity in the process.