The Daily Telegraph has given everybody in the UK who doesn’t like wearing a mask for their safety and that of others an excuse to campaign against it.
“Britain will pass the threshold for herd immunity on Monday, according to dynamic modelling by University College London (UCL), placing more pressure on the Government to move faster in releasing restrictions,” states the Torygraph‘s story before mercifully disappearing behind a paywall.
Herd immunity is the idea that, if enough of the population is given immunity to a disease, then it will cease to be a danger to the population as a whole.
Boris Johnson suggested it as a way of handling Covid-19 back in March 2020 – but he completely misunderstood it, saying he thought the nation should carry on as normal and people develop the immunity by catching the disease. It was only when people started dying in huge numbers that he changed his decision and locked the UK down, fearful of the public reaction if he persisted with his nonsense claims.
In fact, herd immunity relies on vaccination, and it is true that much of the UK has now taken a first injection of a Covid-19 vaccine. This Writer’s understand was that at least 80 per cent needed to have been fully vaccinated before herd immunity could be reached, though – not the 73.4 per cent claimed by the hack rag.
Is it enough to justify the claim? Hell, no!
It’s just an attempt to support the lifting of restrictions in England that is taking place today (April 12).
The idea is to convince us all that, whatever may happen, Boris Johnson and his cronies are right to follow their lockdown-lifting timetable instead of the scientific facts which – as we have already heard – suggest that another wave of Covid infections could soon hit the UK.
In England, the new rules mean:
More businesses will open, but indoor settings should be visited alone, or with household groups. Outside, six people or two households can meet.
- All shops allowed to open
- Hairdressers, beauty salons and other close-contact services can open
- Restaurants and pubs allowed to serve food and alcohol to customers sitting outdoors
- Gyms and spas can reopen, as can zoos, theme parks, libraries and community centres
- Members of the same household can take a holiday in England in self-contained accommodation
- Weddings attended by up to 15 people can take place
- Funerals be attended by up to 30 people, with 15 at wakes
- Children will be able to attend any indoor children’s activity
- Care home visitors will increase to two per resident
- All pupils and students return to school, college and other education
- All shops and close-contact services can open
- The ban on travelling in and out of Wales ends
- Driving lessons can resume and some driving tests (remainder on 22 April)
- All pupils back at school full-time
And in Northern Ireland:
- Remaining school year groups 8-11 return (Years 1-3, 4-7 and 12-14 have already returned)
- Stay-at-home message relaxed
- All other non-essential retail can operate click-and-collect
- Sports training with up to 15 people can resume
- Up to 10 people from two households can meet in a private garden
None of the new conditions allow us to take off our masks in public yet.
However, some people have chosen to use the Torygraph article as an excuse for stupidity, under the hashtag #herdimmunityday:
❌ Vaccination Passports
❌ Health Certification Status requests
❌ Name and Address Details requests
❌ Installation of NHS Track and Trace App
❌ Request for QR scan with NHS Track and Trace App https://t.co/7JNHx6mQEH
— #LoveFreedom : Defend Your Inalienable Rights 🌹 (@FreeFromTyranny) April 12, 2021
No more vaccines or restrictions are necessary.
— Tom 🥛 (@HagleyTom1234) April 11, 2021
Herd immunity, whether from infections or vaccines was always the way out of this. We've kept our end of the bargain. It's time to take our freedom back. #herdimmunitymonday
— Derek Winton Reform UK Scotland (@derekwinton) April 12, 2021
— Rose 😀 (@RoseARosey) April 12, 2021
“Something is dark in your heart”? That’s a really insidious thing to say – accusing people who follow the rules of an inner evil. Isn’t it?
— DadDancer🌸 (@DancerDad) April 12, 2021
Happy Official UK herd immunity day to a virus with the same mortality rate as a bad flu year.#herdimmunitymonday
— Robin Monotti (@robinmonotti2) April 12, 2021
(The immune system is still a thing, despite what the media says.)
— Carl Vernon (@RealCarlVernon) April 12, 2021
There are hundreds of similar messages.
Fortunately, there is also a backlash from people who want us all to #staysafe until the crisis really is over:
Looking forward to lockdown 4.0 due to the selfish twits.
To everyone that’s lost a loved one due to this virus, I’m sorry people like this exist #herdimmunitymonday
— Kelly (@K3llyElizabeth) April 12, 2021
I am exhausted from reading this hashtag and I have only just woken up! Selfishness reigns. I am going back to my duvet!
— Radical Honey (@radicalhoneybee) April 12, 2021
Have you ever read so much shit, one group say we’ve reached herd immunity & the people are ready to get back to normal, just like that.
Get a grip or we ALL fall back 🤦♀️
— kerry 🥀 (@hewitson10) April 12, 2021
Just clicked #herdimmunitymonday out of intrigue and yeah everyone is still thick as fuck then.
We haven't "achieved herd immunity" Darren mate. Far from it. You should still be wearing your mask.
It's only 08.20 and I've had enough internet for today.
See ya! ✌️♥️😷
— MATT SEEDS™ – WEAR YOUR MASK (@Seeds_ONE) April 12, 2021
Reading the #herdimmunitymonday hashtag reminds me quite how stupid a country we are.
— Paul Bernal (@PaulbernalUK) April 12, 2021
Clicked the hashtag #herdimmunitymonday to see what it's all about….correct me if I'm wrong, but it seems as if the same people who don't believe the virus is real or contagious, also believe in herd immunity?
Am I missing something, or are they really that stupid?
— Laura (@OohLookWine) April 12, 2021
— 🇪🇺TheOlas🇺🇳 (@NDivall) April 12, 2021
The worst part of this is that there will come a time when vaccination really will have done its work and herd immunity – as correctly defined – will have been reached. And that’s when these morons will come out again and claim that they were right all along.
In the meantime, though, let’s remember that some of these people have been claiming that the government will find any excuse to impose new lockdowns, keep us in our homes and wearing masks – because that keeps us under control.
It seems odd that they also seem hell-bent on providing the government with the excuse it needs.
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