A number of European governments are moving to once again shutdown all facets of daily life as coronavirus spike across the continent.
Italy has once again emerged as the harshest example as the country imposed its most restrictive measures since it locked down completely in the Spring. The first wave of lockdowns were lifted in May as cases appeared to dwindle.
Germany is also considering a second lockdown as cases soar.
“The pandemic is spreading rapidly again, even faster than at the start of it more than half a year ago,” German Chancellor Angela Merkel said during a weekly video podcast.
Not surprisingly, health officials in the country appear to be fully in favor of nuking their economies once again.
“We can make the comparison with Israel, where the second wave of infections began and then authorities tried a light lockdown — but it did not work,” Berlin-based physicist Dirk Brockmann told Deutsche Welle.
The United Kingdom, which has become a meme for its famously strict lockdown orders (which don’t seem to apply to public officials or members of Parliament), seems particularly enthusiastic about the prospect of another shutdown.
People living in Britain are no longer allowed to socialize outdoors or indoors, according to Reuters. A UK ordinance banning couples that don’t live together from copulating went viral, with many social media users believing it to be a joke (it isn’t).
The prospect of another shutdown of course looms in the United States, with Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and his surrogates championing government authority as the only way to defeat the virus. President Donald Trump and the Republican Party continue to resist the idea. Because of this, progressive pundits often blame Trump for nationwide spikes in coronavirus cases.
If there’s anything to take away from what’s happening Europe, it’s this: Donald Trump isn’t the president of Europe, and Europe took shutdowns very seriously. Considering that, why is it that these countries have to shutdown again? Could it be that simple lockdowns don’t eliminate a virus from existence?
Here’s the thing about lockdowns: virus will spread again once they are lifted. There’s no other way around it. When global governments began using lockdowns as a way to bring down infections, the intent was to slow the spread so medical institutions could handle cases more effectively. It was never supposed to be a cure. That’s what a vaccine is for.
Despite all of this, COVID-19 remains almost entirely non-lethal for young individuals with no pre-existing conditions. Unfortunately, that isn’t stopping power hungry governments from their knee-jerk reactions.