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Andrew Dickens: I'm feeling a sense of relief the Covid hysteria is coming to an end

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Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Fri, 4 Mar 2022, 6:02pm
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Andrew Dickens: I'm feeling a sense of relief the Covid hysteria is coming to an end

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Fri, 4 Mar 2022, 6:02pm

What a strange week.

A week that has left me feeling quite ridiculously upbeat.

You could imagine I could be sitting here downcast, bemoaning the state of our country after what happened on Wednesday muttering about what a divided nation we have become, but that is not at all how I am feeling.

After this whole week, I think what I’m feeling is relief.

Relief that I think I can see the age of Covid hysteria finally coming to an end, and rapidly.

It’s been two years since our first Covid case. In two weeks' time, it’ll be two years since our first lockdown. Two years of hysteria, don’t you agree.

Hysteria at the fear of Covid. Hysteria at the fear of the people who are fearing Covid, the country doing to hell in a hand-basket, debt will never end hysteria.

Hysterical admiration of the Director-General of Health who was just doing his job, and is becoming obvious that he could've done it better.

Hysterical hatred of the Prime Minister, not least because she’s young and female.

Hysterical exaggerations of potential death tolls, matched by hysterical exaggerations of vax injuries.

So when the hysterical occupation of Parliament was broken on Wednesday and the hysterical complainants who’ve made a mountain out of molehills slunk off to Wainuiōmata Marae, and the Prime Minister made a hysterical and overwrought victory speech, I sat there and breathed a sigh of relief, hoping this was the last crazy and hysterical act of the last crazy, hysterical two years.

Our vaccination rate is sky high, tonight all Kiwis can come home so the hysterical moaning of MIQ can finally cease.

Last Friday, the High Court ruled that vaccine mandates have had their day.

Omicron changing the game. If you're mandated because of transmissibility, that doesn't work if you look at all the infected vaccinated.

And if you’re mandated for sustainability of service, that doesn't work either because everyone’s getting Omicron. That hysteria’s over.

Tourists are allowed back from October, but that makes no sense when New Zealand’s infection levels are nearing that of the US and the UK.

We’ve got nothing to be afraid of from overseas. They’ve got just as much right to be afraid of us.

So many can see a tourist opening before October.

It just felt at the end of this week that maybe finally the hysterical battle is waning and that over the last two years we bought time, got vaccinated, and now the goal is to survive this virus and move on.

So I’m viewing this weekend as the beginning of the end, just as long as we don't get another variant.