I have noticed a few mentions of viruses in the news lately.
It’s the usual stuff where doctors panic about an alarming increase in hospital admissions and how the system is at breaking point again. Someone should tell them that it broke many years ago.
What is noticeable though is the lack of mention of the China Flu. Instead they are on about chest infections and Scarlet Fever and some other respiratory virus with the usual TLA to make it sound really dangerous [RSV?]. Also it appears that nearly all the cases are in young kids generally under the age of ten. And then to pour petrol on the flames they announce somberly that the normal annual flue season hasn’t really started yet.
They seem surprised at this “alarming” fact which is in itself very surprising as essentially they themselves caused the phenomenon. They’re the ones who were ringing the alarm bells over the last couple of years demanding masks, anti-social distancing and lockdowns. The predictable result of that was that kids didn’t get out and mix and mingle. For the last couple of years kids were prevented from catching all those snotty nosed colds and other little glories so well known by parents over the generations. As a result their immune systems had gone to sleep.
I’m a great believer in dirt. I don’t mean that the place is filthy but I don’t believe in all these disinfectants and aerosols that “kill 99% of all germs”. I have seen those ads on the television that imply that all door knobs, banisters and the like have to be disinfected any time they are touched. The mantra is “kill all germs at all costs”. Bollocks! In general, germs are good in the majority of cases. Kids should be encouraged to go out and play in the dirty outdoors and mingle with their kind. Yes, they will get the odd cough or sneeze but that is good – it keeps the natural immune system on full alert and recharges it.
Immune systems are like batteries. They need to be regularly charged. All that crap we had to endure for the last few years meant our immune systems were unplugged and like any battery that’s run down, they don’t work until they have been charged again. The older generations still have some residual charge in their batteries but some kids never had any chance to charge their batteries at all.
So our hospitals are going to fill with sickly sprogs and they will continue to complain about the health service being under a terrible strain.
It was all so predictable.