Corona virus – I am encouraged this sunny Sunday morning by the words of Professor Medley,a scientific adviser to the government advising a partial easing of lockdown strictions,beginning with under age 60s ,and who work outside – for example the Construction industry.
He goes on to write ” We cannot continue prioritising protecting the elderly at the expense of our children’s education and future”
I totally agree.I hope to survive this of course,but I’ve been in ‘Life’s Departure Lounge’ (Over the average lifespan for men) for some years now, enjoying bonus years. I’ve lived my life so cannot complain,nor will I !
The lockdown isn’t just to protect the elderly.It’s to buy time to get the hospitals ready for the surge of infected patients. With health supply organisations working 24/7 they must be near ready now.
I was impressed at the outset by the health scientists appearing on television with the Prime Minister. I think the lockdown decision was right at the time.
But voices are rising, questioning continuing to be guided by the ultra cautious medical experts. They are honourable men,but the comfort of ring fenced salaries & pensions must place a different perspective on decisions that affect the majority without.
The medical scientists of Sweden advised the same total lockdown policy.Their government weighed up the options and decided on partial lockdown,what I call Lockdown Lite.Which is to compulsorily confine to their homes the over age 60s and other vulnerable groups.Banning gatherings of more than 50.
But allowing shops,businesses and most of the economy to continue as normal,and trusting the public to use their common sense.Community self policing is playing a big part in deterring the irresponsible factions.
American voices are raising the same doubts – the quote in italics
Even Dr. Fauci, who advises how to handle the coronavirus, just recently said in the New England Journal of medicine;
“If one assumes that the number of asymptomatic or minimally symptomatic cases is several times as high as the number of reported cases, the case fatality rate may be considerably less than 1%. This suggests that the overall clinical consequences of Covid-19 may ultimately be more akin to those of a severe seasonal influenza (which has a case fatality rate of approximately 0.1%) or a pandemic influenza (similar to those in 1957 and 1968) rather than a disease similar to SARS or MERS, which have had case fatality rates of 9 to 10% and 36%, respectively.2”
So we’re shutting down the world and on the verge of the greatest depression in history and they’re blaming it on a virus that has a lethality on par with the common flu?