If the media stopped reporting, updating and leading their newscasts, front pages and op-eds with Covid cases, deaths and various angles and opinions on this vaccine vs that vaccine,the problem would disappear within days.
Sounds counter intuitive, however much of the problem, probably 90% of it, is driven by the collective school girl hysteria of the media to which the politicians feel compelled to respond, with their daily briefings and sweeping edicts by the experts whose information has often been contradictory and confusing if not wrong.
It’s only a problem because the media says it’s a problem. That’s how it’s framed and characterised.
Remember how the Y2K bug was going to be the end of the world as we know it?
It’s for the same reason climate is now being framed as an emergency when in reality, nothing much, if anything discernible has changed for as long as most people can remember. It’s just that a lot free riders on the rent seeking gravy train, sundry renewable energy grifters and the political class have a lot riding on the ‘problem’.
Everyone knows about the basics of hand washing, sensible masking, social distancing and getting vaccinated. That’s all we need to know and that’s all we can do. We also know that, just like the seasonal flu, people will continue to contract it and a very small percentage will die.
The virus and it’s variants will run its course and no amount of bluster and bloviating from politicians or kindergarten nannying from Kerry Chant about not talking to your neighbour if you run into them at Bunnings or Woolies, will make any difference. Or are we going to keep this daily showboating and kabuki theatre up forever?
So just let it go, media.
As for government, they always and can only, make things worse. As the American economist Thomas Sowell once noted: ‘There is nothing so good that politicians can’t make it bad and nothing so bad that politicians can’t make it worse’.