Chicken Little in 2020

Have we just experienced the biggest mistake in History?

We accept substantial death tolls of young productive people from relatively controllable disease such as TB, HIV, Malaria, violence, vehicle accidents and other causes.

Dramatically mention "plague", and we act irrationally destroying our economies and billions of lives based on unproven data and procedures.

For a Washington Post article that says it all CLICK here.

I don't get it, hence this website.

Why have most of our leaders chosen an extreme response without all the facts?

“Due to some deeply evolved responses to disease, fears of contagion lead us to become ... tribalistic, and our leaders have been driven to a misplaced 'better safe than sorry logic' and reactions.”

Trying to understand the value of different containment policies, we might question whether our thoughts are really the result of rational reasoning, or whether they might have been shaped by ancient response that evolved millennia before the discovery of germ theory.” Source BBC.

Is CO-19 far more widespread

This means that if many more people than expected have unknowingly had CO-19, then the mortality and severe reaction rates will be far lower than expected.

  1. Newly published literature shows COVID-19 much more widespread than thought, and possibly NO MORE DEADLY THAN FLU in a bad year, a new Stanford study suggests.
  2. What the study shows is that the publicized mortality rate was on testing probable COVID-19 infections.
  3. If the tests had been widespread, i.e. random, the calculated mortality rate would have been much lower than published.
  4. Many people with CO-19 have had symptoms so mild, so they didn't seek medical treatment, were never tested, and recovered rather quickly.
  5. "The study used an antibody blood test to estimate how many had been infected with Covid-19 in the past. Infection rates to date were based on testing for the virus' genetic material, which does not persist long after recovery, while antibodies do. " 
This table show the estimated number of deaths, about 61,099 in the USA in 2017/8 from influenza. The death rate that year was higher than usual.
Did you know it was high? Even though the deaths were high, there was no pressure to close the economy to "save lives". Source CDC, Atlanta USA

The WHO - World health Organization - estimated the COVID-19 death rate at 3.4%, while the Stanford study puts it at 0.14%, about the same as flu which is 0.1%, or one in a thousand.

It would appear that the WHO estimate was based on information supplied by China. Based on this estimate the world went into panic, calculating millions of deaths.
It was also not disclosed or realised by China that the about 90% of the deaths were the elderly and those with pre-existing diseases.
Due to the novelty of the novel coronavirus there was insufficient testing to determine the real numbers of CO-19 patients, with most of the testing being those who showed symptoms. Many CO-19 patients showed no symptoms and were never tested.
With limited testing the ratio of deaths to known patients would be too high, indicating a false high fatality rate.

If the Stanford study is correct, which is being challenged both for its assumptions, methodology and mathematics, then the predictions of mass deaths and mass hospital overloading was overestimated by a factor of more than 25 and would explain the empty US hospitals at the end of April 2020.
Even if correct, this Stanford study does not mean that there will not be many deaths and many hospitalisations, as in a bad flu season, especially amongst the elderly.

It does mean that many of the measures imposed by governments were excessive.

The Stanford report would also mean that there is already greater immunity in the populace.

There is now evidence making a stronger argument for lifting restrictions, but to continue them for those Vulnerable and applying Preventions as suggested on this website.

PLAN-B is:


Voluntary isolation for over 65s, the sick and the obese, the "VULNERABLES", who probably account for well over 90%, possibly 99% of CO-19 deaths. 


14+ days or more isolation those with CO-19 or had recent close contact with a CO-19 confirmed person.


Encouraged isolation and healthy behaviors for almost everyone else, the "LESS VULNERABLES". 


Freedom to work and movement for all who should observe healthy behaviours.

PLAN-B is more compelling now that it is becoming apparent that the estimated death rates have been overestimated by a factor of 25 or more.

  1. As at 30 April the question has been whether to lift the restrictions that continue to damage the country piecemeal or all together.
  2. Voluntary restrictions on the VULNERABLES should remain, while the LESS VULNERABLES should have freedom to work as long as they follow reasonable precautions, especially wearing shields to prevent the touching of faces.
  3. Maybe we should consider that in the absence of a vaccine, most are going to get the CO-19 virus irrespective of the restrictions.
    Since most will only show similar effects to the flu, is it not logical to let the virus take its course through the LESS VULNERABLES creating earlier herd immunity, making it safer for the protected VULNERABLES sooner? 

"The majority of the country will probably experience getting Covid-19 at some point over the next year." Dr Jody Boffa, Epidemiologist and Research fellow at Centre for Rural Health - University of KwaZulu-Natal

We need brave wartime type leadership that decides to end general lockdowns and unnecessary restrictions on all except for the VULNERABLE, as against destroying the livelihoods and futures of millions.

  1. The WHO has said that the novel coronavirus will be with humankind until we find a vaccine to destroy it forever, so let us get back to work and living normally with taking precautions.
  2. If you believe that this concept has merit, please sign the petition at and maybe you can be one who makes a difference.
  3. PLAN-B published here on 3 April 2020, protects the "LESS VULNERABLES" and should continue to reduce the mortality numbers without the horrific economic and social consequences of a total lockdown!
  4. We can concentrate our resources on protecting the estimated 99% of CO-19 deaths which are from the "VULNERABLES" with underlying conditions.
  5. Under PLAN-B there could be a surge in CO-19 infection amongst the "LESS VULNERABLES", almost all of whom will survive CO-19, while over 80% will have no or relatively minor reactions, similar to a flu attack.
  6. We should find that now due to the education of the public of not touching your face and wearing a shield to prevent touching, washing hands and maintaining personal space, the virus will not spread so easily.

Sweden says leaving businesses and schools open might be working     

Sweden did not close down in the way much of Europe did. Picture taken last April. © Sebastian Shukla-CNN
Note the lack of masks and social distancing.

Sweden has stood firm as at 20 April 2020 against pressure to introduce more limits on its citizens.

It has currently asked people over 70 to stay home, banned retirement homes visits, banned gatherings of more than 50 people and closed high schools and universities since mid-March.
Sweden tested originally only probable cases and health workers.

Per Bergfors Nyberg told Good Morning Europe that "the government's response has been focused on trying to limit the spread to elderly people"

"Sweden does not want a general lockdown because they would lose 20-25% of general health care workers, who are so badly needed".
Sweden's apparent high death rate is because there is a meagre CO-19 testing rate.
Additionally there are complaints that care workers are under-equipped resulting in growing numbers of deaths among the elderly.
"Sweden registered very unfortunate outbreaks of the coronavirus around care homes for older people. This accounts for Sweden’s higher death rate, compared with our neighbours" said Swedish Epidemiologist Anders Tegnell, the main behind the policy. Source.

Comparative CO-19 cases and deaths in Scandinavian countries

Sweden has a population of 10.2 million and has 14,777 confirmed CO-19 cases and 1,580 deaths.
Norway has a population of 5.5 million and has 7,156 confirmed CO-19 cases and 181 deaths.
Finland has a population of 5.5 million and has 4,014 confirmed CO-19 cases and 98 deaths.
Denmark has a population of 5.8 million and has 7,695 confirmed CO-19 cases and 370 deaths.
Yet, hospitals in Sweden have not been overwhelmed; figures available from last week show capacity is running at 80 per cent, and worst-case estimates around infection and death rates have simply not transpired. Unsurprisingly, Sweden has been less damaged economically.
Personal spending in Denmark is down 66%, in Finland 70%, compared to only 30% in Sweden.
Unemployment claims in Norway are rising four times as fast as those in Sweden.

And then there is the issue of so-called herd immunity.
Studies at the weekend suggested between 25-40 per cent of Stockholm may have already had the virus. It could be up to 60 per cent by late May.
Does this mean Sweden will be better able to stem, stop or see less of an impact from the second or third waves when they inevitably come? As at 21 April 2020.

Malaria deaths might multiply in the shadow of coronavirus

The number of malaria-related deaths in sub-Saharan Africa could double this year if the Covid-19 pandemic completely disrupts efforts to control the disease, the World Health Organisation warned on Thursday.
This will mean 769,000 deaths from malaria alone.

It cautioned that disruption in the access to anti-malaria medicines, insecticide-treated bed net distribution and case management could lead to this dramatic spike.

It warned that more people died during the Ebola outbreak from other diseases than from Ebola itself. Daily Maverick 244 April 2020.

About misleading reporting

CNN journalist, Christiane Amanpour, on 4 May 2020, condemned Sweden for their open economy with about 2,800 CO-19 deaths, population of 10.5 million, that is 1 in 3,750 deaths.
No lockdowns, no bankruptcies, little economic damage!

US has about 70,000 CO-19 deaths, out of a population of about 328 million, that is 1 in 4,700 deaths, approaching its recent annual gun death figure of 73.505, about which little has ever been done. Mention virus and we have lockdowns, businesses destroyed, economy damaged, additional deaths from suicide, neglected medical checkups, stress. Maybe 21% more, about 17,000 lives saved than with no-lockdowns.

What we now have are options driven by a media frenzy delighting in showing overcrowded hospitals, graves and coffins, provoking ancient fears of death and plaque.

Examples of irrational reasoning are the banning in SA of the sale of hot food such as pies and roast chicken, while the sale of frozen pies and uncooked food is allowed.

What are the underlying conditions?


Chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma.
Serious heart conditions.
Conditions that can cause a person to be immunocompromised, including cancer treatment, smoking, bone marrow or organ transplantation.


Immune deficiencies, poorly controlled HIV or AIDS, and prolonged use of corticosteroids and other immune weakening medications.


Severe obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 40 or higher)
Chronic kidney disease and who are undergoing dialysis
Liver disease

Other Options

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There have been suggestions for 3 to 5 days no lockdown, then 8 to 21 days lockdown, but although this may be better for our mental health, this will hardly help the economy. It could lead to massive physical contact from crowding in the no lockdown periods, resulting in a sudden surge of illness that might overrun hospitals a few weeks later.
Additionally, if the "VULNERABLES" mix in no lock period, the death rates will still be high.

Continuing isolation and hoping that the virus will just go away is wishful thinking.
The earlier that we allow the virus to run its course through the "LESS VULNERABLES" the earlier we will have community protection.

Coronavirus has mutated to become far deadlier in Europe than the milder strain that made its way to the US west coast, Chinese study claims. Researchers in China have found at least 30 strains of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

A thought too horrible to contemplate is that as more time passes COVID-19 could mutate into a more deadly form so that the effects would be much worse for those without immunity who get infected later!

An early vaccine would be great but is almost impossible within three months or longer, and the virus is not going away.

The Effects of Lifting Lockdowns under PLAN-B on Workers

Under PLAN-B the "VULNERABLE" would be treated differently to the "LESS VULNERABLE" by the state and the employers.
In Australia, USA, UK and other countries where there are centralised medical records workers would need a doctor's or official certificate describing their status.
Those who are "LESS VULNERABLE" or "NOT VULNERABLE" and elect not to go to work may not be paid by their employers nor may they be entitled to claim any of the special CO-19 compensations unless they can show good reason.
They would, however, be able to draw on their holiday and sick pay, as well as standard unemployment insurance.
Under PLAN-B those classed as "VULNERABLE" who cannot work at home would still be able to claim the benefits currently on offer. 

Employers who are concerned that opening their businesses and calling their employers to work could leave them open to claims should any get the CO-19 virus with severe effects on their health. Bless the lawyers! A solution could be that all returning employees sign release forms and legislation passed releasing employers from CO-19 compensation claims, including where employers do not follow Healthy Behaviours recommendations.
All employees and employers would need to follow Healthy Behaviours recommendations. Employees and employers would be encouraged and able to report employers to authorities who do not follow Healthy Behaviours 

After notifying them of their breach(es) and allowing them an opportunity to make rectification.
Changing the present mindset means that schools can reopen, parents can get back to work, and all businesses that wish to can operate.
There have been suggestions that children seldom get COVID-19, but it instead appears that their symptoms are mostly very mild. Most cases of children with COVID-19 were found to have caught the disease at home, not at school.
Of 2,000 children diagnosed with the virus in China, there was one death among the sample - a 14-year-old. Unfortunately, there is no information about any possible underlying health conditions in that case. 

A working economy will find it easier to create the resources to help those under lockdown, as well as create the resources to support the ill suffering from CO-19

The alternative to PLAN-B or similar where there is total lockdown is massive economic disruption throwing people into poverty, homelessness, even hunger, financial and personal depression, possibly leading to civil unrest and barbarism.

Many countries have offered economic aid to their citizens of around 10% of their annual Gross National Product that will be paid for by printing money causing inflation where citizens savings quickly dwindle, heavy taxes and disruption.
These payments would be considerably reduced under the suggested PLAN-B.

Please read the source material from supplied links to better
appreciate the reasoning, make up your mind, and if you think that
PLAN-B or similar has merit, disseminate these thoughts widely to
your political leaders and friends.
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