By Dan Wootton in the UK
It started with a tight knot in the pit of my stomach that soon led to a feeling of overwhelming despair and ended up as a deep throbbing rage about what we’re all being put through again.
I’m sure many of you have felt that same mix of emotions these past 72-hours.
Much of it was sparked by the deja vu of a dreaded 5pm emergency Saturday evening press conference – like the one that saw the government unfathomably ‘cancel Christmas’ for millions of us last year thanks to Delta – where the fear and hysteria of a new Covid scariant was expertly whipped up.
None of them has any idea if the Omicron variant is more transmissible or – crucially – if it evades the vaccines.
In fact, so far there is no evidence of pretty much anything at all.
The South African scientists who had discovered the thing in the first place warned we were chronically overreacting, rather than waiting for evidence.
But who cares!
In the hysterical new world where only Covid matters, it was full steam ahead with a raft of new restrictions.
Read the full commentary here.
Travel bans are back (including for South Africa as some sort of bizarre punishment for using their brilliant science to warn the world).
So too are mask mandates on public transport and in retail settings, ten day self-isolation for Omicron contacts and compulsory day two PCR testing for all travellers, including home isolation while awaiting results.
Even then, the BBC, ITV and Sky News didn’t think Boris and the doomsday duo had gone anywhere near far enough.
Such a hysterical overreaction to a scariant before waiting for the facts has been my worst nightmare come true…
All the warnings folk like me have been making for the past 20 months are coming to fruition: The mad scientists are in control and, if we continue to allow them to act like this, a return to normal is no longer achievable.
In fact, I’m beginning to doubt if the normality I so desperately crave – a world where we make sensible decisions for ourselves, weighing up all the usual risk factors like we do every single day – will ever return.