It it ok to both realize a lockdown is needed to suppress COVID and protect health services, as well as despair at being in another lockdown.
Herd immunity didn’t develop to cholera, yellow fever, smallpox, measles, TB, malaria, or plague -> public health measures were used to control them until vaccines or elimination strategies were developed.
As a global public health expert, I don’t accept that US & UK poor responses were due to capacity. Poorer countries did much better. It’s down to absent leadership, incompetence & a deliberate decision to treat COVID-19 like flu for weeks in Feb & March & just ‘let it go’.
From everything I can gather, the UK situation with this new variant is not good. Please avoid seeing other households indoors, wear face coverings, avoid crowded places and be extra cautious for the coming days. Ignore those who say it’s not a big deal & play it down.
When people start attacking you as a person with petty insults, instead of engaging with your research & arguments, then you know you’re doing something right.
Top German scientists:
1. Herd immunity not possible bc immunity too short.
2. Not feasible to go 'shield vulnerable' approach bc impossible to fully identify & isolate them.
3. Potential serious, long-term damage to young/healthy also from this virus. mpg.de/15426163/stell…..
The real question about Christmas-> do you want to expose the people you love to this virus? Do you want to be responsible for the virus spreading at your home, or as a guest in someone else's? If you don't, be cautious. Don't need govt to tell you that. It's common sense.
Same people- who go on holiday abroad/mixed freely over Christmas period- complaining about: schools in online learning, restrictions in place, and NHS wait-times for A&E.
How to communicate that we're all connected? Your decisions affect me. My decisions affect you.
Is there anything more peak 2021 than being invited to a "Mindfulness for Zoom Fatigue" workshop on Zoom?
It is the tragedy of history that when a serious pandemic hit the world where leadership & good governance were required, Donald Trump was US President & Boris Johnson was UK Prime Minister.
We're so close to an era with mass testing, therapeutics and several vaccines -> why risk getting infected & infecting others over the holidays? Delaying by a few months is perfectly rational given solutions within sight in the Spring. We've been in this for 10 months already.
The treatment of women in political & public life is atrocious. Makes you wonder if it’s deliberate to intimidate & scare women from thinking they can dream bigger & do better. twitter.com/politicsjoe_uk…..
Essential to watch https://t.co/ri1uIYXkHK
Just off a C4 panel on travel abroad where a Conservative MP said Brits should go abroad for holidays because they’re less likely to catch Covid-19 there than staying at home 🙄
Biggest mistake UK made (& continues to make) is seeing COVID like flu that will become seasonal & come back each winter rather than like SARS to push to eliminate. Aside from lives & NHS strain, economy & children are paying an unacceptably high cost for this approach.
I love Scotland. It's absolutely chucking down rain, yet park still full of people running in t-shirt & shorts, kids playing football, fitness classes & dog-walkers. Somedays just need to make your own sunshine. ☀️
Was asked recently in an interview whether given majority of deaths are in over 65s, if this is an ‘acceptable loss’? Couldn’t believe we are even asking this question. Thinking of all the vibrant & inspiring 70 & 80 year olds I know (incl my grandparents).
What a Zero COVID approach means 👇🏼- they have traded international mobility for daily life back. We are still debating a year later. twitter.com/australianopen…..
Watching #marr & clear message is UK govt struggling to get economy going bc people have changed behaviour. They’re trying to get people back to offices & restaurants through financial incentives but missing that suppressing virus is best way to get confidence back & normality.
I feel like I make myself unpopular by looking ahead 6-12 months & sketching out how things could evolve (best to worst case) so we work towards best case. This is public health. We try to avert future crises by anticipating & preventing them. Not the most fun at parties I know.
This is what happens if you open up recklessly & too quickly without adequate support from public health infrastructure. https://t.co/m06U728j0j
Exactly the wrong message to be giving out. Why focus on summer holidays abroad instead of getting schools open? Hospitality & the arts back on their feet? NHS managing well? bbc.com/news/uk-558902…..
I don’t know anyone who is not struggling right now. Some much more than others. Need to keep going taking it day by day, stay positive & keep smiling. Better days ahead...
Keep hearing of a 'third wave' like it's something that happens to us. It's about decisions govt and individuals make each day- about each of our behaviours. Outdoors safer than indoors. Wear masks indoors. Avoid crowded places. See COVID transmission like smoke. Get vaccinated.
Sounds sci-fi but if every country would coordinate their border shutdowns & lockdowns for a limited time, we would be through this much faster. Cooperation is in all countries’ long-term interest.