Author Topic: Oops, our bad, children probably are driving the pandemic  (Read 484 times)

Offline Mince

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Re: Oops, our bad, children probably are driving the pandemic
« Reply #15 on: February 20, 2021, 12:35:08 PM »
Perhaps places such as Taiwan and Australia (where Melbourne was under lockdown for 112 days) listened better and had a better plan. They also probably would not have tolerated a Cheltenham festival. I don't know and I dare say it's all more complicated than I am making it out to be. But the truth is that much could have been done that was not. Now we'll never know.

NHS data analysts Edge Health have calculated the impact of the Cheltenham festival, along with the two big football matches played in Manchester and Liverpool that same week, and found that together they caused over 100 deaths, 500 hospitalisations and 17,000 infections.

Offline Roger Kettle

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Re: Oops, our bad, children probably are driving the pandemic
« Reply #16 on: February 20, 2021, 08:49:18 PM »
The Cheltenham Festival and the football matches you mention should never have gone ahead. However, like all the information we get today, the figures that the NHS data analysts have "calculated" should not be taken as concrete. There was no lockdown at the time. What if the hundreds of thousands of spectators involved had spread around the country, going about their normal business? Would the infections and deaths have been higher/lower/the same? Who knows? It's a bit bold to state categorically that these events cost over a hundred lives and 17,000 infections.
Incidentally, my wife and I had our first jabs yesterday. I certainly didn't feel great today but my wife had nausea, headaches, exhaustion and kept going back to bed. (This is unheard of from my good lady who regards any form of feeling unwell as an insult). I trust it will be worthwhile in the end!