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Caution September 24, 2020

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John Crown of St. Vincent’s Hospital, and former Senator, had a piece in the SBP at the weekend. He makes some solid points in it too. Arguing that in relation to the pandemic:

Scientists and doctors need to be able to say, “sorry, we were wrong before, we’ve changed our position in response to new facts, and this is what we think now”. I’ve done this many times. It’s hard, but it’s essential.
The canonical positions that pre-symptomatic infectivity was uncommon and that masks had nearly no protective value have now been quietly abandoned. Yet while mask use is mandatory in shops and public transport, it is still, inexplicably, not universally required in healthcare campuses, save while performing direct patient care. This must change.

And this is thought-provoking…

Similarly, the inadequacy of the protection provided by standing two metres apart has been laid bare. The two-metre rule was based on speculative interpretations of old science, specifically the now discredited suggestion that Covid-19 is spread exclusively by “droplets” – tiny aggregations of infected moisture that, following exhalation from the mouth and nose, fall quickly with gravity onto surfaces.
It is now appreciated that the virus can also “aerosolise”, with a much longer airborne phase, and spread far beyond two metres.

He concludes by writing:

Hospital-acquired infection was important last time around, and needs to be controlled. Health workers need to redouble their efforts to stay infection-free, and should be routinely tested for Covid-19 carriage at regular intervals.
Our vulnerable cancer patients, chronically ill and senior citizens can’t depend on luck to protect them as we move into winter. To paraphrase Samuel Goldwyn, the film producer, the harder we all work at controlling this thing, the luckier we will get.

Noted before this week, but there’s something genuinely sickening about the manner in which pandemic denialists willfully ignore the experience of those like Crown who have been through a deeply harrowing half year and more facing the challenge of the virus. But his words underscore the need for something quite different to anxiety, but rather caution and concern, given the nature of the virus and its ability to burst into renewed activity from lowish levels. As to dealing with it in a serious fashion such that the society can reopen a real way. Well that needs more than five levels and empty rhetoric about ‘living with the virus’ and something concerted, island wide and encompassing a recognition that in some areas of economic activity matters will not resume ‘normality’ for possibly two to three years to come.

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1. CL - September 24, 2020

“As to dealing with it in a serious fashion such that the society can reopen a real way. Well that needs more than five levels and empty rhetoric about ‘living with the virus’ and something concerted, island wide and encompassing a recognition that in some areas of economic activity matters will not resume ‘normality’ for possibly two to three years to come.” -Yes

“The greater Madrid region sued the national government to relax lockdown measures — undeterred by the resignation of its director of public health in protest at the drive to open up. “If Madrid does not get going again, we will be destroying thousands of businesses, thousands of jobs,” Ignacio Aguado, the deputy head of the regional government, said shortly before the lawsuit.
Within a month, the Madrid region, of 6.6m people, had broken completely out of the lockdown and the emergency powers wielded by Spain’s national government over the regions had lapsed.

Almost 6,000km away in New York City — which endured long weeks as the virus’s epicentre in the US, just as Madrid had been in Europe — a decision was taken to proceed much more slowly. It was a fateful parting of the ways for the two cities

Today Madrid is once again the worst hit region in Europe. Over the past week almost a quarter of the people it has tested for coronavirus have been positive; in New York City, the figure has been below 2 per cent since June 7. In the past seven days, there have been 331 infections per 100,000 of the population in Madrid; in New York state the equivalent figure is 25.2….

Mr Cuomo’s team says it has followed the data, ignoring President Donald Trump’s tweets to “liberate” the city’s economy and critical newspaper editorials. From a slow start, the state now conducts more than 90,000 tests a day, keeping to a phased reopening plan in which each of the state’s 10 regions had to satisfy seven metrics before they could begin to resume activity…..
The city’s business leaders may not be happy. But …realise that the worst outcome of all would be “to reopen and have to shut down again”….

There is no guarantee New York City’s calm will last. One of Mr de Blasio’s top health officials warned on Wednesday that lockdown measures could be reimposed after the city discovered rising infections in some Brooklyn neighbourhoods….
But for now the US city is in a far better place than Madrid.”
https://www.ft.com/content/b9653470-8779-4037-86ad-96edfcd6f3c3

Defeating the virus requires collective effort, government restrictions and intervention. This sticks in the craw of the market fundamentalists.

Adherence to an outmoded neoliberal ideology is a clear and present danger to the health and well being of the people.

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