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Two metres to one metre… premature? It is indeed… May 25, 2020

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
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I’m rarely in agreement with Fine Gael Ministers but fair dues to Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation Heather Humphreys for pointing out something so obvious, and yet continually ignored by the media and others:

Speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, Heather Humphreys said the public health advice from the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) has “served us well” so far, and the two metre rule is “the norm” across Europe.

“We’re only a week into the gradual easing of restrictions. It’ll be early next week before we start to see the data on whether the lifting of restrictions in Phase One has had an impact on the number of new cases.

“Until we receive that data, it’s a little premature to start talking about moving away from two metres.”

The framing of the ‘reopening’ is very strange. We cannot know the impact of the rather limited lifting of restrictions for a good week to two weeks from now – given the time it takes for infections to become obvious. Yet the media this weekend was filled with pieces about how there was ‘pressure’ to reduce the two-metre social distancing guideline with one-metre. This is, no doubt, coming in part from some businesses, but also from others. Yet it is inexplicable given where we still stand with multiple infection and (thankfully many many many fewer) deaths.

As Humphrey’s said:

“The real test is to allow the first two weeks to happen, assess the data, and hopefully we will be in a better position to make changes. We need to see how things go after 5 June.”

A bit of patience would be no harm.

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1. NFB - May 25, 2020

Absolutely. As someone said in response to the idea that one metre was a requirement to save the restaurant industry, a dead customer can’t spend any money.

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2. NFB - May 25, 2020

Also, this crap again: https://www.rte.ie/news/2020/0525/1140371-hair-salon-reopening/

All these industries that think they’re special, and that they can totally self-regulate without any problems. Keep them closed.

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WorldbyStorm - May 25, 2020

The thing is that it shouldn’t take too long if measures are adhered to to reach a point where they could reopen safely. But this is not the time for that.

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3. Yobbah - May 25, 2020

There was some woman on Ivan Yates’ program on newstalk this evening, I am guessing she was a business rep. Wanted lockdown to end now, NPHET not being realistic, we could all be one metre away from each other, wash our hands and get on with our business.

People want to get back to work, people don’t want to work at home anymore, teachers want to get back to school, the unions are not reflecting the views of their members, look at the public sector, still getting their salaries, the economy is important or there won’t be a health service anymore. Her understanding of the virus was pretty threadbare, citing herd immunity and other quackery. She spoke about what the “people” want. It was unreal.

Yates’ has been banging this drum now for a while and inviting any guest who agrees with his views. The CSO figures give a nuanced picture of what’s going on right now, but these people can’t be arsed but feel entitled to speak on behalf of the “people” which probably means a couple of lads they speak to in their Zoom meetings or Skype and a few bored ones on Twitter. You get no sense from these people that the lockdown is being eased, things are getting busier, no, they want it lifted now, right now. No patience or understanding at all. It’s what the “people” want, so we’re told. Feel like saying to them, get a grip.

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WorldbyStorm - May 25, 2020

“You get no sense from these people that the lockdown is being eased, things are getting busier, no, they want it lifted now, right now. No patience or understanding at all. It’s what the “people” want, so we’re told. Feel like saying to them, get a grip.”

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What I wonder is their answer to the point that if things are opened up as they suggest and there’s a second wave then that will absolutely break companies that if current restrictions are adhered to will survive. It’s a no-brainer. Interesting that she was talking about herd immunity etc. Clearly doesn’t have a clue about the virus.

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