International COVID-19 Updates & Discussion 2

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neoprema

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No countries can afford an extended shutdown. But it probably wouldn't work anyway. People have to go out to get food and other supplies. People are still going to need doctors and dentists. If it is true that you can be infectious for while before showing any symptoms it is still going to spread, but maybe a bit slower.

Ultimately there is a huge cost - the economy, people's savings, children's education, people's mental health, etc.
There will be lessons learnt from this, and I think lock downs will be looked at very differently next time around. Maybe not done away with, but certainly very differently.

Its also difficult to peg a lockdown level on a novel virus until you clearly understand whether you're dealing with a bad flu or the end of mankind...
 

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Saying lockdowns don't work based on what our government did (or any government for that matter) is like putting on a raincoat, getting shot and then saying "bullet proof vests don't work". :ROFL:
So now you're saying nobody had a lockdown.

Bulletproof vests are in fact a good analogy to demonstrate that lockdowns won't work. Those vests only work in a very limited way. You can pretty easily get killed while wearing one.
 

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Exactly. If our government had shut down incoming international traffic as soon as news hit from China (like millions of people were calling for) and allocated even a tiny fraction of what this mess ended up costing towards proper tracing when the first case appeared then the initial lockdown period would have been sufficient to root out every one of the few infections.
The key difference is that the measures actually implemented had costs as collateral damage whereas other measures required allocating money to be spent. This kind of thing happens in business all the time, so it is no surprise it happens in government. It's just human nature.

If the Italy hadn't spent years butchering and underfunding their health system they could have saved the costs of shutting off their economy. The UK is in a similar boat. But again properly funding health care required allocating money rather than simply collateral damage.
 

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Ultimately there is a huge cost - the economy, people's savings, children's education, people's mental health, etc.

This ^^ , have lockdowns really been worth the chaos they have caused to millions of people around the world.
 

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So now you're saying nobody had a lockdown.

Bulletproof vests are in fact a good analogy to demonstrate that lockdowns won't work. Those vests only work in a very limited way. You can pretty easily get killed while wearing one.

Well I am talking about lockdowns meant to stop the virus at an early stage, not lockdowns just for the fun of seeing what the population will do when they are stuck at home with alcohol and nicotine withdrawal symptoms for months on end. :rolleyes:

I guess a better term would be "containment protocol" or something, of which a short lockdown is just a small part.
 

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This ^^ , have lockdowns really been worth the chaos they have caused to millions of people around the world.
I think in hindsight the continued monomaniacal obsession with eliminating one virus, and only that one virus, with no consideration of the costs, long after it has become clear that despite being particularly dangerous to some people the overall mortality is far below previous pandemics like the Spanish Flu (and many current diseases) will seem like some kind of collective global insanity. Just one example of a cost - it is estimated that the excess preventable cancer deaths in the UK due to the lockdowns are already at the same level as the Covid deaths due to the reduction in screening and treatment - and that's just one health issue.
 

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Not so much - terrible headlining once again
It's almost as though they don't expect anyone to read the article. An article that more than once says that the measures in Sweden are really recommendations. Plus it has multiple photographs of people out and about.

I was also pleased to read that regulations are being challenged and overturned in German courts, and that Italians are protesting against schools being closed.
 

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I think in hindsight the continued monomaniacal obsession with eliminating one virus, and only that one virus, with no consideration of the costs, long after it has become clear that despite being particularly dangerous to some people the overall mortality is far below previous pandemics like the Spanish Flu (and many current diseases) will seem like some kind of collective global insanity. Just one example of a cost - it is estimated that the excess preventable cancer deaths in the UK due to the lockdowns are already at the same level as the Covid deaths due to the reduction in screening and treatment - and that's just one health issue.

Completely ignoring overwhelming hospitals.

And those cancer patients going into a hospital filled with covid patients?
The study probably mentions that they cannot calculate how many would be infected and die due to exposure.

The take away isn't that lockdowns are terrible because of the side effects it's that you should cater for all types diseases.

Also, At this point with the nightingale hospitals in place and prepared, normal proceadures should be able to continue, even at a reduced capacity.
 

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I think in hindsight the continued monomaniacal obsession with eliminating one virus, and only that one virus, with no consideration of the costs, long after it has become clear that despite being particularly dangerous to some people the overall mortality is far below previous pandemics like the Spanish Flu (and many current diseases) will seem like some kind of collective global insanity. Just one example of a cost - it is estimated that the excess preventable cancer deaths in the UK due to the lockdowns are already at the same level as the Covid deaths due to the reduction in screening and treatment - and that's just one health issue.

Yep , The Rona created a health crisis all of its own, but the reponse to that crisis has created a myriad of other health crises that will be far longer lasting, and will continue to affect millions for many years to come.
 

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Yep , The Rona created a health crisis all of its own, but the reponse to that crisis has created a myriad of other health crises that will be far longer lasting, and will continue to affect millions for many years to come.

and this is based on what exactly?
 

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A million tests a day, and here we are barely doing 13k a day...

Population of over 1.3 Billion people and 1000 daily deaths , and here we are barely at 60 Million and less daily deaths than you can count on one hand.
 

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and this is based on what exactly?
Seriously?

 

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Population of over 1.3 Billion people and 1000 daily deaths , and here we are barely at 60 Million and less daily deaths than you can count on one hand.
And then there's China where this all started. A population of 1.4bn and 0 deaths reported since April 17. Hmmm...

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That's as good as a lockdown in Sweden. People will lock down because they were asked to.

Nothing different to what they had before - goverment announces what precautions should be taken and leaves the rest to its citizens. Exactly what has been happening for months and Sweden got criticized heavily.
All of a sudden, there are discussions about Sweden actually having had a form of a lockdown + recommendations going forward being portrayed as a lockdown itself.

Someone's really trying very hard to make seem like Swedens current and future success actually being down to a lockdown
 
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