The other diseases the coronavirus lockdown stopped in their tracks

The other diseases the coronavirus lockdown stopped in their tracks, by Stuart Layt.

Rates of influenza have been squashed flat after initially hinting at another serious year for case numbers.

The numbers went so low Queensland Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young said residents of the state were more likely to get COVID-19 than a flu in 2020.


Obviously, quarantine has always restricted the sick and the healthy, because there has never been a way to tell who was and who wasn’t infectious in the incubation period. When whole boats were quarantined, no one knew who was healthy or sick, and mandatory quarantine applied to boats with zero known infections. In the 1300s, whole areas would be quarantined and escapees were sometimes executed.

Did you know that to bring in a healthy animal to Australia from a country where rabies is present the healthy dog has to be quarantined for six months to prove it does not have rabies?

Asymptomatic spread is relevant in Whooping Cough, Dengue, Epstein Barr, Cytomegalovirus, Herpes Simplex, HIV, Helicobacter Pylori, Legionnaires, Measles, Leprosy, TB, Meningitis, Gonorrhoea, Samonella, Norovirus, Polio, Malaria, Rabies, Rhinovirus, Lyssavirus, Typhoid, Golden Staff, Strep pneumonia, and syphillus.

On Quarantine: Typhoid Mary was healthy but quarantined for 23 years.

In 1917 30,000 female prostitutes were held in prison even after they tested negative to stop the spread of STD’s to soldiers.

In 2003 with SARS  “Canada quarantined almost 100 people for every confirmed SARS case in the country. Though Toronto only had 250 probable cases, about 30,000 people were confined in hospitals and their homes.”