"It seems that practically the whole world west of Asia and Australasia has fared pretty poorly in these efforts. The extraordinary sacrifices to health, wealth and education made in the name of fighting Covid have not paid off."

Over at Spiked Online, Fraser Myers discusses how the west's lockdown obsession leaves us less free than the ChiComs leave their citizens:

Many in the West have marvelled at China’s response to the Covid outbreak. The idea of a city-wide, state-wide or nationwide lockdown had never been tried until January 2020. This aspect of the experiment in Wuhan was quickly adopted as the primary tool used by governments across the world to contain the virus.

What is often overlooked is China’s extraordinary efforts in case isolation. The reproduction of the virus stayed constant for a week after Wuhan’s lockdown was introduced. But it plunged dramatically when the authorities began to isolate positive cases in central quarantine facilities. Tens of thousands of people were housed temporarily in hotels and student accommodation as well as newly kitted-out sports halls and exhibition centres.

In the West, we could do this on a purely voluntary basis.
"Voluntary basis" doesn't satisfy the sick desires of the Viro Fascist though Fraser, where have you been?

Fraser also talks about old facilities and systems and principles that we used for previous disease outbreaks, a topic I broached last April. My call was for Pox Parties, his is for Fever Hospitals:
One way we could have both increased capacity and reduced hospital-acquired infections would be to have re-established fever hospitals, as outlined by Tom Jefferson and Carl Heneghan of Oxford’s Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine. These hospitals were common a century ago though as many infectious diseases have now been vanquished by modern medicine, the hospitals had largely become redundant. But even in their heyday, many fever hospitals remained closed most of the time and were only reopened in the event of serious outbreaks.
Canada never had Fever Hospitals like the UK or India did, but we did have something close: Tuberculosis Hospitals (again, a topic I've written about once or twice if you're noticing a trend) such as the Charles Camsell in centralish-northwest Edmonton. Of course like the British version these have been closed down for a very very long time, but that there was no talk of opening them and only a little grumbling about "field hospitals" (that unlike the "experts" at SAGE, conservative websites were assuring you wouldn't be necessary).

I also note with curiosity from Myer's article that inefficient public sector hospitals were a prime spreader of this coronavirus (similar to how an inefficient public sector Toronto hospital was a prime spreader of a previous coronavirus):
Although the data are incomplete, it is clear that a substantial number of Covid infections are acquired in hospitals, a problem that cannot be addressed by a general lockdown. In May, the NHS estimated that 10 to 20 per cent of its Covid patients were infected as inpatients. Between 1 August and 26 November, 16 per cent of infections were hospital-acquired. In some hospital trusts, hospital-acquired infections can represent a third of all Covid cases.