This is fucking ridiculous. Viruses happen, they make the leap across species, they mutate… They oftem kill off the weakest of a population and those who are already dying (which most people who have been labelled as ‘Coronavirus victims’ already where!)… Life has been in a symbiotic relationship with viruses for past 4.5 billion years! Their essential to evolution and survival… Humans and pretty much all life has evolved to cope with them by developing immune systems!
Half the world’s population is now under lockdown… Western Governments have used it to usher in a new set of draconian laws… The bankers of Wall Street have crashed the global economy once again!… The international media have had their feast of fear porn orgy… … Because of a virus that, if you weren’t really testing for it, would probably have gone unnoticed anyway!
Herd immunity should be considered to end lockdown, PM’s adviser says
A senior science adviser to the government has said the UK should consider letting people catch coronavirus in the safest way possible.
Professor Graham Medley, who leads the government’s disease modelling team, argued Britain has ‘painted itself into a corner’ with a lockdown which could eventually lead to more harm than the disease itself.
He told The Times today: ‘We will have done three weeks of this lockdown so there’s a big decision coming up on 13 April. In broad terms are we going to continue to harm children to protect vulnerable people, or not?’
‘The measures to control [the disease] cause harm. The principal one is economic, and I don’t mean to the economy generally, I mean to the incomes of people who rely on a continuous stream of money and their children, particularly the school closure aspect .
‘There will also be actual harms in terms of mental health, in terms of domestic violence and child abuse, and in terms of food poverty.’
Professor Medley said scientific models had found no way of easing the lockdown while controlling the virus.
Only those who work outside could be safely allowed to return to work, he added.
Professor Medley added: ‘If we carry on with lockdown it buys us more time, we can get more thought put into it, but it doesn’t resolve anything – it’s a placeholder.’
The government’s chief scientific adviser, Patrick Vallance, suggested in March that the public could be allowed to build up immunity enough to stop the virus spreading, while protecting the most vulnerable.
Ministers denied ‘herd immunity’ was ever the government’s goal, though only after three days.
It was argued mass immunisation would be a natural consequence of a plan to allow the outbreak’s peak to hit in summer when the NHS was more able to cope.
Boris Johnson has said plans to buy hundreds of thousands of antibody tests to detect if someone has recovered from the virus could be a ‘gamechanger’.
But Professor Medley suggested antibody testing was not currently effective and has never successfully been used to manage an epidemic.
Around a million people have started receiving welfare payments and millions more have been furloughed. Some data has pointed to a recession steeper than that of the 1930s.
The prime minister, who has extended his self-isolation period due to continuing symptoms, urged the public not to be tempted into flouting lockdown rules this weekend.