Large gatherings such as concerts, fairs, weddings, and all kinds of other events
Schools for many kids
Visiting the elders
Switched to WFH
Wear masks daily
And many many other things
Take those away and soon you will see infections skyrocket and so will deaths.
You have to give credit to someone who can get me, The Brit and Civil Servant, the triangle of disagreement, all on the same side of a discussion.
I haven’t looked at it lately, but while it may be true that improved treatment approaches (among other things) seem to have reduced mortality, it has also been suggested that with the age profile of those affected being younger, it might take longer for the number of fatalities to show up in the numbers. There also remains a high amount of uncertainty as to the sequelae (refer to literature on “long-haulers”) meaning a degree of caution really is warranted around contracting it.
The problem really is the potential exponential trajectory of any spread. Paradoxically the more seriously and responsibly everyone takes the threat, the less paranoid overall measures need to be.
To borrow a phrase from a different context, eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.
Last edited by walkup; 26-09-2020 at 10:28 AM.