(Natural News) Editors of the U.K.’s leading health publications British Medical Journal (BMJ) and Health Service Journal (HSJ) have called on the government to revive some of the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic restrictions that crippled the country’s economy.
“Now is the time to face the fact that the nation’s attempt to ‘live with COVID’ is the straw that is breaking the NHS’s [National Health Service] back,” said BMJ’s Dr. Kamran Abbasi and HSJ’s Alastair McLellan in a joint statement. “The heart of the problem is the failure to recognize that the pandemic is far from over and that a return to some of the measures taken in the past two years is needed.”
Some of the measures they are referring to are the mask wearing in healthcare settings and on public transport, free testing scheme that is costing the government £2 billion ($2.41 billion) a month, work-from-home guidance and restrictions on social gatherings.
Despite the alarming calls, leading experts believe Downing Street’s decision to remove all of the restrictions back in April was the right one.
Daily COVID-19 hospital admissions have risen to a near 18-month high, with around 2,000 people currently being hospitalized every day. However, only a third of patients needing care are primarily ill with the virus. In other words, most of them are sick with something else.
Professor Paul Hunter, an infectious disease expert from the University of East Anglia, said reinforcing the curbs now “is not going to achieve much” and may cause substantial disruption. “I think the balance of evidence is that the current wave has peaked,” he told MailOnline.
An administration adviser, who requested to be anonymous, said there is “no need for these health measures anymore.”
Draconian restrictions only work when the public is not fully informed. Now, people are very much aware that the disease is essentially a cross between a cold and flu.
Mask mandates are returning despite being proven ineffective
Mask mandates are making a comeback in spite of massive shreds of evidence and studies proving that these are ineffective in curbing COVID-19 transmissions. (Related: Studies show how mask mandates, lockdowns, and COVID vaccines have failed to deliver.)
Although COVID-19 cases in the country already declined, Germany is planning to reintroduce mask wearing. According to Marco Buschmann, the country’s justice minister, bringing back mandatory face coverings will be decided on soon.
He said both citizens and tourists would have to mask up in the fall and the mandate would be enforced throughout winter. The proposal for the mandate will be submitted to the German Parliament in September and expected to be implemented in October.
Ireland is also looking into reinstating mask mandates in preparation for a “possible emergency in winter.”
Meanwhile, adviser for the British government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies Dr. Colin Axon dismissed masks as mere “comfort blankets entrenching bad behavior.” He pointed out that masks do virtually nothing as the coronavirus particle is up to 5,000 times smaller than the holes in the mask.
Moreover, a Danish study involving 6,000 participants concluded that “there was no statistically significant difference between those who wore masks and those who did not when it came to being infected by COVID-19.
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