A crude conspiracy theory is currently circulating on social media that Omikron was deliberately distributed in Africa by the British government to end the pandemic. Like 99.9 percent of all conspiracy theories, this is of course nonsense, and yet Omikron is anything but inconvenient. Because the new mutation, which is highly contagious but considered milder, is currently displacing the delta variant and thus triggering a revolution in the infection process. So far, none of the 2000 Omikron infected people in Vienna have had to be treated as an inpatient – it sounds like the beginning of the end. Angry tongues could say: Omikron is more effective against Delta than the vaccination.
Of course, if in the coming weeks people with cold symptoms are lying flat in rows, this is anything but desirable, but no reason to restrict basic rights any longer and send businesspeople into bankruptcy. All measures have always been argued to avoid overloading the hospitals and thus preventing triage, but if, according to all studies available so far, Omikron sufferers have to be hospitalized less often, then one can gradually return to normal.
The panic mode can no longer be maintained, mainly because, according to predictions by leading scientists, everyone will sooner or later become infected with corona due to Omicron and if they recover from a cold, sore throat and cough after a week, they will Asking yourself critically whether it was really worth the effort. By the way, so that we don’t get each other wrong: Of course, there are also severe omicron courses, especially in previously ill people, and here too the vaccination, especially the booster, can make the difference between life and death, but as a triple vaccinated person I feel it due to the omicron development For the first time, a feeling of hope that I last had when ex-Chancellor Sebastian Kurz wrongly declared the pandemic for vaccinated people to be over.
Or maybe I’m completely wrong and will be taught better again in a few weeks. My esteemed colleague Stefan Beig once told me about a theory of fast and slow thinking, according to which we are more likely to absorb information in a confusing news situation that confirms our assumptions. And of course that could also be the reason why I keep reading the word “milder”. Mild, mild, mild. It sounds so melodic to my ears.
Meanwhile, the government continues to work on its mandatory vaccination law and is even considering donating money to all vaccinated people. A proposal that – how could it be otherwise – originally came from the social partners, who are known to love to throw tax money with open arms into the crowd and of course many Austrians now find it appropriate to gild the booster afterwards to let – but the fact that the ÖVP is now jumping on such proposals must be seen as evidence of desperation (probably the Mückstein study on the unvaccinated was to blame, according to which the Romanians living here, some of whom are poor immigrants, had the greatest vaccination Are grouch).
It was all the more commendable that the NEOS and the Freedom Party were immediately there and criticized such bonus ideas for what they are: paternalistic populism. Neither the tests nor the vaccinations had to be paid for out of pocket by the Austrians and now you want to reward them for behaving sensibly? Where is my premium for never causing a traffic accident? This also saved me money for the public sector because I acted sensibly behind the wheel. So please. Let reason prevail again. The pandemic was costly enough. If the government really wants to bring millions of dollars to the people, then there would be a very hot investment tip: the chronically underfunded health system.