Tag: Social distancing

Blog: Whatever happened to “catch it, bin it, kill it”?

The ‘2-metre rule’ or ‘social-distancing’ are terms that were ‘conjured out of nowhere’, there is no scientifically credible reason why social distance should replace individual diligence and common sense. The rule is simply there because, in the government’s eyes, we cannot be trusted. [1]

The lockdown will be lifting soon, we are all expecting it.  I’ve just been looking today at some example of preparations businesses and organisations are choosing to make before lifting the lockdown.  A theatre in Germany are removing chairs from theatres to create distance between audience members [2], in the US and UK some schools have introduced marked-off areas and hoops on the floor for smaller children to stand in [3] and pubs could be opening with clear Perspex barriers, like those in supermarkets [4].

Is this a taster of what is to become the infamous ‘new norm’? Is this how terrified we really are?  So much so that we‘re willing to risk the very high chance of causing serious mental health issues for our young people to grow up with, who rely on us for good guidance throughout their development. [5] Human beings are fundamentally social creatures and are hard-wired to interact closely with people.  This is not good guidance; this is complete and utter madness.

Let’s not get carried away, it’s important to remember that the lockdown was actioned by a government that has little to no scientific or technical expertise of their own.  The politicians of today are not the representatives of real-world people as they should be, but rather trained social engineers that rely on hidden ‘experts’ to provide data and ‘facts’ that at least sound logical to us (most of which I doubt they even believe themselves), so that we confidently turn a blind eye to everything else they do.  The lockdown was based on a messy and scientifically flawed computer model and overreaching scientists.  [6]

“This guy (Fergusson) has caused massive strife to the world with his absurdly fake ‘science,’” – Elon Musk [7]

 “Neil Ferguson’s lockdown predictions are so dodgy that you wouldn’t even ask him what day Christmas is on” – Ross Clark [8]

If this was an airborne virus, which it isn’t, then you will catch it whether you are 2 metres or 10 metres away.  Not that people were constantly brushing shoulders before.  Whatever happened to “catch it, bin it, kill it”?  Did that not work in the past?

Although the lockdown measures have not been fully relaxed, you only need venture out to your local town or village and see that streets have been a lot busier for weeks now.  Why can no one explain to me how and why the daily cases and deaths can decrease even though the distancing is relaxing?  Whether it has been permitted by the government or not, most people are starting to get relaxed.  Yet, every new idea for exiting the lockdown strategy still has people holding a twinkle in their eye.

Are we like that child who has privately figured out that the tooth fairy isn’t real, but doesn’t say anything to the parents because the money will stop if they no longer believe in it?  I think a lot of people are like this right now.  Otherwise, I am stuck for words to explain why there seems to be people demanding more lockdown and protection on one hand, and on the other hand, busy parks and beaches the second they relax the rules.

Just to clarify, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with going to the park or the beach if you believe it is safe for you and your family.  I just have trouble watching mass-hypocrisy in full swing.

 

References

1 https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2020/05/07/government-has-terrorised-britons-believing-coronavirus-will/

https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/1277125/coronavirus-lockdown-two-metre-social-distancing

2 https://www.thelocal.de/20200528/in-pictures-how-germany-is-doing-social-distancing-in-coronavirus-times

3 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8328819/Primary-school-unveils-plans-social-distancing-pupils-return-class.html

https://ksltv.com/433323/utah-school-uses-hula-hoops-to-teach-kids-parents-about-social-distancing/

https://www.infodash.org/virus/new-social-distancing-circles-are-shown-at-dolores-park-in-san-francisco/

4 https://news.sky.com/story/coronavirus-is-this-the-pub-of-the-future-for-enjoying-a-post-lockdown-pint-11989802

5 https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/doctor-note-psychological-effects-social-distancing-200414071411061.html

https://medicalxpress.com/news/2020-04-covid-social-distancing-significant-impacts.html

6 https://statmodeling.stat.columbia.edu/2020/05/08/so-the-real-scandal-is-why-did-anyone-ever-listen-to-this-guy/

7 https://www.businessinsider.com/elon-musk-prof-neil-ferguson-resigned-moron-absurdly-fake-science-2020-5?r=US&IR=T

The Northern Echo: Lessons on coronavirus from China for North-East businesses

THE lessons to be learnt from China’s road to recovery from Covid-19 were shared with business leaders in a North East England Chamber of Commerce webinar.

Top of the measures set out by Steven Lynch, chief executive of the British Chamber of Commerce based in Beijing, was the importance of instilling confidence in people to feel safe to go back out into the world at large.

He said: “The Chinese Government’s emphasis on everyone wearing PPE and also tracking their health by an app has been crucial to allow employers to get their staff back to work.

‘Absolute bedlam’ – woman’s lockdown shopping experience at Wilko and Lidl

A shopper has hit out about a “truly terrifying shopping experience” in Beeston after customers ignored social distancing rules and chatted to each other in the aisles. Heidi Hargreaves, herself a retailer, said she was dumbfounded by shoppers’ lack of common sense in Lidl, in Wollaton Road, and Wilko in The Square.

“It was impossible to social distance. It’s the people that are the problem, not the store necessarily, but there needs to be more guidelines for customers, or they’ll just do what they want,” she said. Although Lidl has markings two metres apart outside, there was no one stopping shoppers from entering and no limit to the amount of people being allowed at a time. Once inside, it was a free for all, claimed Ms Hargreaves.

“I’ve never seen so many people in there, not abiding by social distancing at all. There were lots of elderly people just chatting in the aisles.

 

South Korea’s Moon warns of COVID-19 second wave as cases rebound

“It’s not over until it’s over,” President Moon Jae-in told the nation, saying a new cluster shows the virus can spread widely at any time, and warning of a second wave late this year.

The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) reported 34 new infections, the highest since April 9, after a small outbreak emerged around a slew of nightclubs, prompting the authorities to temporary close all nightly entertainment facilities around the capital.

The death toll remained at 256.

Health Minister Park Neung-hoo said the government will decide on whether it will reopen schools in stages starting from May 13 as planned after examining the impact of the nightclub cases for two to three days.

 

Nicola Sturgeon leads criticism of UK’s new ‘stay alert’ coronavirus lockdown advice

The UK government’s new advice for people to “stay alert” instead of “stay at home” has been criticised for being unclear about whether the lockdown is over, with Scotland and Wales saying they will stick with the original message at this critical point in the epidemic.

The government briefed the latest “stay alert” messaging to the media overnight, ahead of Boris Johnson’s speech at 7pm on Sunday about easing the lockdown, but Nicola Sturgeon, the first minister of Scotland, said she had been given no advance sight of the slogan.

 

Scotland to stick with ‘stay home’ advice as Johnson due to announce alert system

The lockdown could be eased differently in different regions as Northern Ireland’s rate of transmission is higher than other parts of the UK, Northern Ireland’s First Minister Arlene Foster said.

Speaking on Sky’s Sophy Ridge On Sunday, she said: “Sage and indeed our own medical officer do acknowledge that there are different rates of transmission across the United Kingdom.

“There are differences and regional differences across the United Kingdom and I think the PM has to recognises there are regional differences so you may see slight differences across the UK.”

 

Coronavirus: No more pupils until track-and-trace goes national, school unions insist

A list of key measures must be met before pupils in England can safely return to their desks, teaching unions have told the government. It includes extra money for deep cleaning and personal protective equipment (PPE) and local powers to close schools if clusters of coronavirus infections break out in a particular area. Schools must also not reopen until a UK-wide rollout of a track-and-trace scheme that would help pinpoint those who need to be in quarantine is under way. A contact-tracing phone app is currently in its early stages of being trialled on the Isle of Wight.

The joint statement was sent to Education Secretary Gavin Williamson by bodies including the National Association of Head Teachers and the National Education Union.

 

India is forcing people to use its covid app, unlike any other democracy

The world has never seen anything quite like Aarogya Setu. Two months ago, India’s app for coronavirus contact tracing didn’t exist; now it has nearly 100 million users. Prime Minister Narendra Modi boosted it on release by urging every one of the country’s 1.3 billion people to download it, and the result was that within two weeks of launch it became the fastest app ever to reach 50 million downloads.

“We beat Pokémon Go,” says a smiling Arnab Kumar, who is leading development of the service for the Indian government but although the app’s growth is unprecedented, it is extraordinary in an even more important way: if you don’t install it, you might lose your job, get fined, or go to jail.

 

Matt Hancock says coronavirus track and trace app will not mean end of social distancing

Matt Hancock has admitted his new coronavirus tracing app will not mean an end to social distancing. The government has made testing, tracking and tracing the spread of the virus a key tenet of its fight against the infection. They are encouraging everyone who can to download the app which will be trialled in the Isle of Wight from tomorrow.

Mr Hancock wants to use test, trace and track to get the infection rate down, but he says it will still need the public to maintain social distancing. Explaining the strategy Mr Hancok said: “Test, track and trace will help us to get the R down, and to get the number of new cases down and to keep it down, but not on its own.