from 21st Century Wire:
As many US states struggle to roll-back their highly damaging lockdown policies, various complex technocratic ‘gating’ systems are now being devised by public health officials – all of them presumable designed to prevent a theoretical “second wave” of coronavirus infections and deaths. One such precondition is the call for “mass testing and contact tracing” for COVID-19. This is being proposed as a requirement for the lifting lockdown restrictions, supposedly until a vaccine or effective treatments arrive which are meant to rescue the public from the alleged unprecedented global pandemic. Most Americans have yet to question what this system of medical martial law really means in terms of basic rights and civil liberties. This issue may be coming to a head now.
During a recent press conference on May 12th, Washington State Governor Jay Inslee revealed his radical agenda for rolling out his statewide contact tracing program, saying that his initiative “is robust, it is vigorous and it is comprehensive, and it needs to be all three to be successful,” Inslee said. “If we do not succeed in this second stage of our efforts, this virus could come bright back and bite us.”
Again, Inslee is predicating his entire state strategy on the theory of a “second wave” of coronavirus ravaging the population if lockdown is lifted. However, this theory has been widely contested by other countries and epidemiological experts.
The other practical consideration is what good will mass testing do when it’s now well known that the overwhelming majority of COVID-19 victims are above the age of 75 with multiple comorbidities, and that most carriers in other age groups are asymptomatic and will never require any medical care after being infected with the virus. What is the point of tracking, tracing and quarantining the healthy in large numbers if the virus poses no significant threat to the wider population?
Inslee’s aggressive approach to medical surveillance is similar to that of California governor Gavin Newsom’s 20,000 strong “Army of Contact Tracers“, and also echos calls by Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, who is advocating for large-scale contact tracing as a condition of ‘return to normalcy’.
How practical or necessary a mass contact tracing regime would be in order to contain a respiratory virus in its late stages – remains highly debatable:
“At the very beginning of a pandemic, the best way to stop it is to track down all the contacts of the initial, indicator cases,” said Dr. Bettina Fries, chief of the infectious diseases division at Stony Brook Medicine. “That approach doesn’t work anymore when the genie is out of the bottle and when you have widespread community-based transmission. Then you would put too many resources to trace contacts. By the time you have your contact, that contact has already generated many more contacts.”
At the press conference, Washington State health officials unveiled their medical surveillance master plan, the ‘Contact Tracing Box,’ which very much mirrors a system which has already been rolled out in countries like China:
Things took a very dark turn when a reporter asked the governor the following question:
“When it comes to contact tracing, how are you guys going to handle people or families who want to refuse to test or to self isolate? […] If they want to leave their home to get groceries I know you’ve said they can’t do that; how will you make sure they don’t?“
To this point Governor Inslee responded:
“We will have attached to the families a family support person who will check in with them to see what they need on a daily basis … and help them. If they can’t get a friend to do their grocery shopping, we will help get them groceries in some fashion. If they need pharmaceuticals to be picked up, we will make sure they get their pharmaceuticals […] That’s going to help encourage them to maintain their isolation too.
“As far as refusal, it just shouldn’t come to that, and it really hasn’t. We’ve had really good success when we ask people to isolate, and they’ve done so in really high percentages, so we’re happy about that, and we believe that will continue.”
The implications of this statement are clear: if you refuse the State’s COVID test, then you will be placed under indefinite house arrest, and be assigned a State Minder who will effectively be acting as a personal prison guard.