Talk about the cure being worse than the disease!
Jacinda has locked down New Zealand again to save us all from the dreaded ‘delta variant’. Well, I tell you what, I’d take my chances with the delta variant any day of the week thank you very much. When we look at the true risk from the delta variant, it is utterly delusional for Jacinda to be taking the action she is taking for the level of ‘threat’ that the delta variant poses. The name delta sounds bad doesn’t it. It sounds like some kind of military code name, so it must be really bad. Bad enough to put the fear of God right through the whole nation and have everyone walking around in masks terrified of each other like some kind of dystopian zombie horror movie.
How bad is the delta variant? At last count there were around 550 reported cases of delta in New Zealand. How many have died from this supposedly super deadly virus with a scary military type name? Zero. So far. None out of approximately 550. The number is likely a lot higher than 550 if we assume that there will be many Kiwis who have caught the delta virus but have not been tested because the symptoms are mostly so mild.
In Australia where the delta variant has been around longer, there have been a few deaths reportedly caused by it. But overall the reported mortality rate in Australia from the delta variant is only around 1 in 500 (0.2%), and in the UK, where more than 300,000 cases of the delta variant have been reported, the mortality rate is 1 in 3,500 (virtually zero) for under 50s, and overall around 1 in 400 across all age groups (0.25%).