It is more than 40 years since the Sandinistas overthrew the corrupt US puppet government of the Somoza family in Nicaragua. It was a hard-won victory against tyranny and dictatorship after which a people’s government was established in 1979.
A second major Sandinista victory is currently underway. COVID-19 and the nonsense restrictions introduced elsewhere in the world is the tyrant being overthrown. Unlike ourselves in compliant countries the Nicaraguan people can be thankful there has been no lockdown in their country. They have fared much better.
With a population almost a tenth of the UK’s Nicaragua has had only 149 deaths (UK deaths are 41,991). To date there have been only 12 recorded deaths with COVID-19 as a factor in the month of September compared with 898 in the UK. Even more outstanding is the recovery rate which by the first day of September stood at 91.2%.
The corporate press had to get some scare stories out to belittle Nicaragua’s success. This CNN report from mid-June is typical.
It spews out spooky stories about late night burials of corona victims and provides links to videos to prove it. Such stories are denied by vice president Rosario Murillo, who says the videos must have been filmed outside of Nicaragua to deliberately try and discredit its success. Another story from the article concerns doctors who have set up a group, the COVID-19 Citizen Observatory, to get the “truth” out to CNN readers. Citizen Observatory is closely allied to government opposition groups and its figures are derived from sources that cannot be verified, including word of mouth.
Epidemiologist Dr. Leonel Argüello Yrigoyen speculated on greater numbers of “suspicious” infections and “suspicious” deaths not counted in government figures. He further claimed that instead of coming to the hospital people were staying at home. It must be borne in mind that Dr. Yrigoyen is an epidemiologist. The maths is simple. Without an epidemic his department would almost certainly be sparsely populated.
“People staying home is dangerous — the calm before the storm,” the doctor told CNN.
“At home they create an infection bomb because everyone in that household can be infected and you might put on a mask, but that won’t help,” he added.
“I have never seen so many people self-medicating. People are desperate,” Dr. Argüello Yrigoyen said.
It is known now that the storm after the calm that he forecast never materialised. He was, however, quite right about the masks not helping. Some of us have been saying that since the COVID-19 pantomime began. How he would detect that “so many” people were self medicating is somewhat baffling without him being there on every occasion. Anyway the CNN report was three months ago and most authorities today are starting to accept that Nicaragua has handled the crisis well. This does not stop the CDC (Center for Disease Control) putting out a Level 3 warning to avoid all non-essential travel to Nicaragua. They don’t want you to know what normal life is like.
John Perry, who lives in Masaya, Nicaragua, is an English writer and blogger largely blogging about UK housing and migration issues. In a recent article for Popular Resistance while pointing out that government figures are likely to be understated he makes mention that even the Citizens Observatory figures are significantly below those for neighbouring countries: Panama, Guatemala, Honduras, Costa Rica and El Salvador.
Nicaragua’s success stems from early preparation. Hospitals got the equipment they needed. Staff got the training they needed. Health checks were done at the borders, there were free telephone helplines and volunteer brigades to trace contacts from known cases. These brigades also worked in an advisory role.
As John Perry says: “It can only be a matter of time before Nicaragua’s effective response to the pandemic is recognized by the corporate media, especially as it is in such contrast to the experience of most other Latin American countries, and of course that of the US and the UK.”
So there we have it. Nicaragua without a lockdown has a much more competent record than countries whose residents cannot drink or eat after 10 p.m., whose lovers can only have 15 guests at their weddings, whose holiday-makers must self-isolate if they return after visiting Nicaragua, or if they come into contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 (in a test which can detect up to 20 false positives), whose football and other sports’ fans must stay at home until there is no money in the kitty to pay the players, whose fun-lovers and art-lovers cannot go to the beach, cinema, theatre, concert-hall or live show.
Nicaragua, together with Sweden and Belarus have shown sceptics that there is nothing wrong with socialising whatever virus is about providing the old and vulnerable are given the protection they need and common sense prevails. That is what we always did before this latest manifestation, this bad movie, became a reality. When it dawns on the ovine sleepers that all the job-losses, business-closures, house foreclosures, poverty, disease, death and wanton vaccination could have been avoided by not following government guidelines, unchallenged laws and dodgy dictates, by not locking down, it will be too late. It may already be too late.