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Mike Hosking: We must change the way we talk about Covid-19

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Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Mon, 23 Aug 2021, 10:16am
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Mike Hosking: We must change the way we talk about Covid-19

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Mon, 23 Aug 2021, 10:16am

One of the biggest problems in the Covid debate is we don’t seem to have made the mental shift in either the coverage or consumption of Covid detail.

Cases still seem to be the gripping statistic that freaks people out. 

Cases in a place like New Zealand and Australia and still relevant, because we have failed so miserably on the vaccine rollout. 

We are still sitting ducks to a strain that can only be addressed by lockdown.

Whether lockdown does it, is still very much a live question.

But elsewhere in the world where the vaccine has been rolled out to a fullest voluntary extent, case numbers are not what they were and should not be seen as such.

Places like Britain still have cases, lots of them. 

But most of us still don't seem to have adjusted to the idea that this is the future and a case in a vaccinated population is not actually a big deal.

Hospitalisations and deaths are the big deal. 

The next step in understanding those numbers, which also haven't been delineated properly, is the details of hospitalisations and deaths are very often missing.

That’s a mistake? 

Why? 

Because in many places this is now the pandemic of the unvaccinated.

In Britain the trouble they have that you see in the daily stats are the unvaccinated. 

Not literally everyone, but the vast, vast majority.

The difference between us and them is they have all had the chance to get protected. 

The ones in trouble have chosen not to. 

Same in America, supply of vaccines hasn’t been an issue for months, demand is.

So, when those who sit here lapping up our hermit kingdom, going nowhere, going bust, while being unvaccinated, and suggesting this is the best thing anywhere in the world, that view is driven largely by the ignorance of not understanding the reality globally.

Vaccines protect you and allow to you live a life we now are no longer living.

The vast global population, especially in the west, are out, jabbed, working, travelling, spending, and living a way more normal life than we are right now.

Their economies, by in large, are booming.

The ones in trouble chose not to be jabbed. 

They are the stats, they are the deaths, and the ICU patients.

That delineation is critical, and we need to get our heads around it. 

Because it will become inevitable once we get our act together on the vaccine that that is where we need to head as well.

Being locked up and frightened is now last year's approach. 

The world is leaving us behind.