posted on Jun, 14 2020 @ 11:23 AM
I cannot believe in this entire global health pandemic I haven’t yet really written anything on it…well I figured I would lunge into this
social/politcal/economic hot potato with my own take on the current situation.
Now to start with let me be make a few things clear, firstly, no, I do not believe any of the plethora of conspiracies about how this is some man-made
virus that uses 5G to kill us all in a grand Chinese plot to destroy the west, yet I also belief that the media are largely to blame for causing so
much panic over this. I would also like to point out that this is coming from the perspective of someone who has been directly involved in looking
after the sickest of COVID-19 patients and my views on this are very much based on a UK perspective, but I suspect are generally applicable.
Right now, in sunny Scotland we’re pretty much still on full lockdown, most “non-essential” shops and businesses are shut, lots of people are
working from home or furloughed and I can’t even get a haircut or a pint.
The UK economy has already shrunk by 20%, now to me that’s just an abstract number until you consider that during the 2007/08 crash the economy
shrunk by about 5%. Unemployment, even with the generous furlough scheme is also set to skyrocket, we recorded the biggest jump in unemployment
records since records began in 1971. The outlook seems to be that this is only going to get worse even after we come out of lockdown. It’s fair to
say that the UK like the rest of us is economically screwed.
So, the question has to be asked if it was actually worth it.
It’s a difficult question, how do we as a society put a value on human life, how do we balance preserving life and persevering economic stability.
Personally, I believe this has went too far.
We have right now about 41,000 deaths, each one is tragic but in a population of about 67 Million it’s not too bad. 41,000 wouldn’t even fill half
of Wembley stadium but when you drill further into those numbers that is when I really start to question the lockdown. Out of those 41,000 only about
250 where under the age of 60 with no significant underlying medical conditions. Across the UK only 0.01% of deaths where in children under the age of
I think it’s fair to ask then why have we shut all the schools when it’s clear that kids are the least impacted, just like it’s fair to ask why
we have shut down the entire workforce when it’s very apparent that this horrible virus disproportionately impacts those who are older or already
Now yes I do accept the argument that hindsight is 20:20 but now that its becoming evident that this virus poses a tiny threat to the lives of most of
the population why are we not opening up to lessen the economic impact and to focus on how we can save those most at risk.
I agree with banning visitors to hospitals and nursing homes, I actually think the shielding recommendation should be expanded and I think we should
push for a vaccine just like we should really focus on simple methods to reduce the spread of the virus. However, that must be balanced with the
economic and frankly social damage that we are self-imposing.
We have over-reacted to Covid-19, I guess one could argue that it’s probably better we over-reacted than ignored it completely, but I think now that
we have a better grasp of what this is its time to stop the over-reaction.
Open the schools, let me get a haircut and let me get a pint, I am not asking to be let back into Old Trafford for the next game, I understand that
some shielding is required and that I can’t go and see gran in her nursing home but for the love of god I need a pint with the lads!!
PS: I had references but honestly couldn’t be arsed formatting this, do your own research.