From the start, it has been clear that lockdowns are a policy which have devastating impacts on the poor. In the West, the poor have been on the receiving end of the suppression of rights to education, work, and a dignified life.
Well that got your attention.
There has been much talk about the Covid death rate in Britain, with statistics and comparisons being thrown about like confetti. Luckily we don’t need to rely on opinion pieces and random stats because the Office for National Statistics (ONS) produces excellent data which we can study ourselves.
One of the major reasons I was a lockdown sceptic from the very start is because the idea we are simply passive victims or sitting ducks to environmental pathogens does not tally with my experiences using alternative medicine and naturopathy to treat my chronic illness over a number of years.
In late December 2019 I travelled to Mexico from my adopted home in India to visit my ex-research student who had since become a professor. The idea was to catch up over the holiday season and then discuss collaborating on some research with a focus on indigenous mental health. By March 2020, those plans had to be abandoned as COVID held the world hostage and Mexico entered lockdown.