Omicron: Time to Wake Up, Stand Up

This is good news. Almost all Omicron cases across the world have zero to mild symptoms.

The very few deaths linked to Omicron may have very little to do with the coronavirus.


For example, only one death was reported in Israel and the hospital said that “his morbidity stemmed mainly from pre-existing sicknesses and not from respiratory infection arising from the coronavirus”. Then, just 3 hours ago, it was announced that he had in fact contracted the Delta variant and not Omicron. I ask, what difference does it make since he didn’t die from it? Only one I can think of: there are currently no deaths attributed to Omicron in Israel. Perhaps we want Omicron to take over? It surely looks like a good thing.

Nonetheless, we still don’t know if Omicron is truly less severe or whether some countries, such as South Africa where Omicron was first discovered, are experiencing better outcomes due to higher rates of natural immunity. Perhaps this is another reminder that we should allow the virus to spread within our low risk population while protecting our most vulnerable.

The evidence continues to mount against one size fits all restrictions. I continue to argue, as I did nearly 2 years ago, that lockdowns are how you broaden and not “flatten the curve”.

But once again our politicians, fueled by the public’s fear, are closing down society and enforcing draconian measures. The message remains that only a pharmaceutical intervention can save us as we cower in fear.

Does anyone remember the definition of insanity?


It’s time for some of us to swallow our pride, disregard our ego, and admit that we may have been wrong in shaming our friends and colleagues who stood up against these measures in the first place.


It’s time for all of us to unite and to

Wake up, Stand up.

Marc Jaoudé
Naturopath, Health Educator
Markito Fitness & Nutrition

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