Post by Mike Post by Sid Nuncius Post by Vicky Ayech
Most umrats will have seenthis news. She was at Number 10 in the
infectious period, the day she felt ill.
I find myself harbouring the ignoble hope that Dominic Cummings has an
underlying health condition.
Naughty, naughty! (You may be right; I've lost track of which of the
current lot does what, or has done what bad thing.)
Post by Mike
This whole business could go viral...
But surely she _was_ "closer than 2m for over 15 minutes" if they had
votes to decide on things, as those involve MPs going into and out of
lobbies, to be counted. I've no idea how big these "lobbies" are, but
still, few hundred MPs ... I would have thought that at the very least a
large number of them should be being at least _tested_.
We _should_ be doing a national social isolation anyway: this is a new
virus, with mortality rate of somewhere between 1 and 5 per cent (as
compared to 0.1% for 'flu) of those who get it - which, since we have no
treatment at the moment, means most of us will eventually. Of those who
get it, about 20% need hospitalisation, and I forget how many of those
need intensive care (equipment) - I think it might be 12%.
As I say, we'll all (or most) get it eventually - but if we can limit
the numbers who have it *at any one time*, there is more hope that our
health resources will be able to cope. Such limiting can _only_ be
achieved by minimising contact as much as possible; certainly I see the
current limitations as ridiculously low.
Yes, I realise not everyone is in a position to self-isolate: not all
jobs can be done from home. But _any_ interaction not needed should be
limited [and separation enforced]. _Maybe_ not to the Italian level -
though look at how they're suffering even _with_ their lockdown. And we
(England) have 2.3 beds per 1000 people (80-90% of which are already
occupied, as they should be); Italy has 3.6 per 1000. Not sure if those
are beds, ICU beds, or whether the figures are even at all correct or
not - but I'm fairly certain that we have slightly fewer, per head of
population, than Italy. And with a fairly draconian lockdown, they are
struggling mightily - so our "keep calm and carry on" attitude seems
crazy to me.
At the very least, we should be working from home where the jobs are
suitable, and operating separation of 1-2m in any gathering - yes, I
know that will kill many events, restaurants, etc. - until at least the
daily increase stops increasing.
Certainly, for parliament not even to be testing MPs - and, if any job
could be done by videolink, parliament must be one, too - seems to me to
be setting a very irresponsible example. (And no, I'm not saying either
"side" [though Typhoid Boris continuing to shake hands with everybody
certainly does no credit to his "side"].)
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