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Post Peak Omicron Red Without Saint Bloomfield – Winners, Losers & Predictions

Jacinda cautiously kept the country red as Auckland and Wellington passed their Omicron peak and everyone was grumpy.

“How dare Jacinda continue to protect us from a new virus? Facebook.

As we pass 400+ dead, borders are being opened, warrants are being eased, smug anti-vaxxers are predicting public hangings, and Covid hypochondriacs are screaming that everyone unmasked is a wicked genocidal murderer of the immunocompromised.

Oh and Dr. Bloomfield quit.

There are of course winners and losers.

WINNERS:

New Zealand: The success so far of our Covid response is remarkable and this will go down as one of the great public health responses. Work has saved us from no less than 3000 additional deaths over 2 years, it’s an incredible social policy. Our collective action has saved us all.

Public health: Our Covid response deserves respect and praise.

Hyper Tourism: With the removal of restrictions hyper tourism is back with freedom campers shitting all over our country and busloads of tourists causing stress on infrastructure so a company (which is probably operating a backpacker for staff) can sell these Red Bull and V tourists.

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Exploitation of migrant workers: With restrictions lifted, New Zealand can go back to exploiting migrant workers, undermining local wages and creating more stress in the rental market! Yay!

International student language scams: With restrictions lifted, international student language scams will once again drive up rentals, claiming to create a pathway to residency and disrupting the system. Hooray!

Dr. Ashley Bloomfield: Few public servants have become household names like Bloomfield. His calm performance, steady communication grip, and immediate recall of vast tracks of real-time information make him one of the greatest public servants of all time, and his results speak for themselves.

Covid deaths:
Sweden: 18,365
Australia: 6,425
Denmark: 5,777
Aotearoa: 443

Ashley was part of a public health response that history will consider exemplary.

Of course, there were mistakes.

Of course, there was a challenge to the state where health trumped everything else and many other departments were scrubbed.

Yes, the DHBs have been unhelpful in their outreach work and one wonders how a Maori Health Authority could have operated differently, but overall he has done an outstanding job.

The most extraordinary part of his performance was the jaw-dropping bile and poisonous hateful rage spewed out of him every day.

I’m not talking about valid reviews or smart social media burns, I’m talking about senseless radioactive invective at asylum sewers that, once read, can’t be cleaned up.

The vile shit thrown at him for saving our collective lives borders on outright madness.

He represented our best, toxic outrage represents our worst.

LOSERS:

David Seymour scorifying Blomfield: Whatever points Seymour made about Red’s extension, he squandered them with his classless Bloomfield setbacks. Look, you may disagree with Ashley, but you can’t doubt her intentions or results. It just looked petty.

Double vaxxed boosted kiwis: All those Kiwis who did as they were told, who were double vaccinated and boosted and who did all the QR bullshit and masks and etc etc etc etc etc etc etc, still can’t get their lives back.

Hospital : They don’t want Orange because they’re at the end of their rope right now, they want Orange so the panicked Covid public will start going out again. Unfortunately, the cost of living crisis is also blunting people’s disposable income, so expect much of the Hospo industry to go bankrupt along with many tourism businesses.

Men: Men die in far greater numbers than women.

Female journalists at Stuff: While men are dying in far greater numbers than women, how do the female journalists at Stuff manage to do it all over again?

Smug Qanon Antivaxxers: Insufficiently predicted, Bloomfield will be arrested on the solstice by sovereign citizen druids and Clarke Gayford has an electronic anklet!

Homeless: Watch our kindness for the homeless evaporate now we need their cheap tourist motel rooms. The homelessness crisis that has been hidden in motel rooms is about to explode now that restrictions and mandates are being lifted.

Tenants: Now that the borders are open, international students, desperate migrant workers and tourists will flood the market, driving up rents, stressing public transport and causing more inflation. Yay, the tenants are getting fucked again!

The economy: We are in such jeopardy economically now that it is only a matter of time for the black swan to trigger the collapse. Hang on for impact.

PREDICTIONS:

Red light
amber light
green light

I don’t care, stay away from me

I never want social distancing to end. Never!

Some of you are terrible and I want as much distance from you as possible!

Beyond the immediacy of the mandates, there are so many issues that mutate as quickly as the virus itself – INCLUDING virus mutation!

ECONOMIC CRISIS IN CHINA: China’s continued zero tolerance towards Covid infection continues to shut down ports and supply chains, causing immense bottlenecks that cause intense economic pain. This is going to be felt by New Zealand especially because we are so economically dependent on China. If the Chinese economy shrinks, so does ours.

COVID MUT INTO SOMETHING MUCH WORSE: To date, the virus has been able to put all of its evolutionary energy into mutating to be as spread as possible because we haven’t had any immunity to a new virus, but as vaccination rates and people who catch it increase, the virus begins to expend more evolutionary power on circumventing our immunity. This could lead to a new pandemic with higher death rates. With 80% of the planet unvaccinated, this is a huge reservoir for Covid to mutate.

PSYCHOLOGICAL DAMAGES: We are not even close to understanding the true magnitude of a single universal event that caused intense social dislocation. From the radicalization of the Qanon conspiracy to basic depression and isolation, we will see domestic violence soar, violent crime increase and people lock themselves in their homes, which will in turn impact the hospitality and retail. Think of the psychological damage as radioactive fallout that will taint our culture for decades.

FLARE UPS: We just assume that the current Covid rate will remain static when it can easily explode and overtake our hospital system anytime we let our guard down.

I think masks, social distancing and a culture of social hesitation will become the norm for the rest of 2022, combined with psychological fallout and economic damage.

And that’s the best case scenario.

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