Governments in crisis

Most of the posts on Covid19 I have read are either about the dead, the economic impacts of the control measures or those questioning the rationale of the restrictions put in many places around the world.

The authors of this post look at a different dimension, but still important in the covid19 pandemic- governance. Do you think your leaders were deluding themselves- take the case of Magafuli who has said Tanzanians should continue going to church as they can’t get the virus there- or manipulating the populace- think China and claims of censorship?

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As Onyango Makagutu I am Kenyan, as far as I am a man, I am a citizen of the world

18 thoughts on “Governments in crisis

  1. basenjibrian says:

    A combination of “deluding himself” and “not giving a flying f^%$k about other human beings.”

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  2. Neil Rickert says:

    I’m pretty sure that I am not being manipulated by the government.

    We (my family) started social distancing before our state governor mandated it. And we started wearing masks before that was mandated. So I think we are making our own decisions here.

    Granted, these decisions were not particularly onerous for us. And I do understand that they would be tough decisions for some other folk.

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  3. shelldigger says:

    Ha ha ha.. Oh ha ha ha ha! Whew… can’t catch it in church, snort… snicker.

    Please send the morons to church. All of them. I can gather some up here and send them too if they need some. The self righteous God botherers ought to be lining up for this one ๐Ÿ˜‚

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    • makagutu says:

      In Uganda on the other hand, Museveni has encouraged them to keep praying from home that god will hear their prayers from anywhere. Different approaches. Interesting times.
      I think they should be allowed to gather in their churches. Maybe even have a revival for a week and see the outcome


  4. Tish Farrell says:

    It seems the exact source and make-up of Covid-19 still aren’t clear (though there are pointers). Nor it seems are the tests absolutely accurate. The cause of death data put on death certificates seems to be iffy. In the info vacuum there is fear and panic; some people are very ill with a very unusual set of symptoms not helped by ventilators, 40% of people are deemed asymptomatic; there is increasing anecdotal evidence of the virus being ‘out there’ by at least by last December, suggesting much wider exposure. And in amongst all this, politicians have to be seen to be doing something useful. Has the makings of complete madness.

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    • makagutu says:

      Nor it seems are the tests absolutely accurate.

      Yeah, reports of many false positives are not reassuring.
      That there is no detailed information on how covid19 kills among many other unknowns is not helping the situation.
      In fact, there are claims the virus could have been spreading from as early as Nov.
      Madness all round.
      I saw the government of Sweden is planning on a commission of inquiry on their response to the pandemic as they have seen a very high death toll (especially in care homes)


      • Tish Farrell says: I’ve been following this blog on WP. He’s a Scottish doc who works a lot in care homes, and this piece sums up what he thinks he’s learned about the virus in the past 2 months. The care home deaths have been high in England (around 37% of total deaths apparently and even higher in Scotland c 48%); hospital spread infection rates 20% i.e. people caught it there. At lockdown our hospitals were simply emptied to make room for covid sufferers. Elderly people were despatched back to their care homes, where they are in close, badly ventilated confines with everyone else: perfect conditions for transmission.


  5. basenjibrian says:

    The scaremongering tone in the media that “cases are going up! up! up! is also interesting. How could the cases not be going up when here, at least (Northern California) there are testing stations in every park? (I exaggerate).

    It is a weird situation. I, myself, had a weird episode in February. Sudden asthma attack. A rotating round of symptoms, including a persistent dry cough, days where I felt hit by a sledgehammer. It lasted for eight weeks. There were other days in which I felt completely fine. The local health care system, Kaiser Permanente, put me on typical anti-allergy drugs (I have a long history of allergies and seasonal asthma). EIGHT WEEKS Intermittent. Kaiser never really showed any interest (or maybe capacity) for COVID testing and I live with a 66 year old landlady who never caught anything from me, so who knows?
    Plus, I had/have (I am still on Xarelto) a DVT behind my left knee that left me hobbling for a week! (small clot).

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    • Nan says:

      I can identify with your February episode. My other-half has childhood asthma and went through similar symptoms, as well as loss of taste and smell, night sweats, and taking a breath was exceptionally difficult (more so than just a “normal” asthma attack), etc. He did not see a doctor and instead fought his way through. It lasted about 6 weeks. We are all-but-convinced he suffered from the virus but of course, without a test, we can’t know for sure.

      There are so many ifs, ands, and buts from the scientists and the medical community, it’s no wonder people are resistant to some of the recommended actions … !

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      • makagutu says:

        There are so many ifs, ands, and buts from the scientists and the medical community, itโ€™s no wonder people are resistant to some of the recommended actions โ€ฆ !

        This is it!

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    • makagutu says:

      Our government finds itself at a crossroads. Restrictions were put in place when we had one case. We are at 2K and the cases seems to be going up. We don’t test so many in a 24hr period (~2k per day). So will they reduce the restrictions since even Uhuru recognizes we can’t be in lockdown for ever.
      I hope you are no longer hobbly


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