And so, out there in the street, Tobes has been working away on an online publication called the Daily Sceptic, misusing the English language in no style at all. “Sceptic” means someone who is not persuaded, but is in “show me” mode. But, for instance, climate change sceptics are just climate change deniers. Eurosceptics are just anti-EU. Covid sceptics just deny that the virus exists, or causes all that death, or is so serious.
Thus so many who protest that they are mere “sceptics” end up down the rabbit hole, happily spewing out misinformation in an effort to tell the world they are not one of those silly Sheeple, but ending up as tedious contrarians. Take this Tobes gem: “The UK Met Office's latest climate scare story is to predict that a jump in global temperatures of half a degree may occur in the next five years. But what's the truth behind it?”
It’s not really happening! Don’t believe the Met Office!! But then it gets serious as Tobes moves on to the Covid pandemic. “Covid levels continued to drop in England last week, falling to their lowest levels since the start of December before Omicron took off. ONS data also suggest BA.2 may be half as deadly as BA.1”. Let’s look at the actual evidence.
The Government’s own figures show that, although hospitalisations are indeed lower over time, more than 850 people a day were admitted at last update. Moreover, the number of Covid related deaths is still almost 200 a day - 1,389 in the last seven days prior to last update. IT’S NOT GONE AWAY. Never mind, let’s have a face covering scare story.
“Wearing a face mask results in exposure to dangerous concentrations of carbon dioxide in inhaled air, even when the mask is worn for just five minutes when sitting still, a study has found” tells Tobes. Let’s have a look at this study, shall we? “The study, a pre-print (not yet peer-reviewed) from a team in Italy”. Not yet peer-reviewed. Next.
And then comes the totally wacko “Masks have gone in most parts of UK society now, but healthcare settings like GP surgeries remain a notable exception. Why are medics the last holdout of the masking obsession, and what can be done about it?” Precaution is the new obsession! And the great libertarian wants something doing about what others are deciding of their own free will. The supporting article does not help Tobes’ cause.
It tells, for instance, “the scientific evidence for widespread asymptomatic spread is paltry”. Of two citations quoted in support, one says this “may not” drive spread of infection, and the other is from the National Review. The author talks of the “coronapanic”, and asserts “doctors are ignoring the evidence that masks have little or no positive benefit to the wearer or to others” (the “evidence” link being to another libertarian opinion piece).
If Tobes’ position were truly aligned with reality, not only would he have a wider audience, but he would also have strongly influenced the Government. It isn’t. And so he hasn’t.
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