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COVID Spike: You Have Been Warned.

Updated on August 1, 2020

Human beings are herding animals, it seems we cannot help ourselves. Take, for example, the UK, despite warnings of social distancing, controlling the spread of the virus, etc, people have gathered together. Don't get me wrong, many people have taken precautions to avoid death and infection, (during the lockdown and the easing of lockdown). However, it seems our herding instinct is stronger than our so-called, common sense. We have had beach gatherings, illegal music events, anti/pro BLM demonstrations and football fans gathering. All of these people have been asked not to gather in huge groups, but, it seems, our primitive instincts to get together (for whatever reason)is stronger than our common sense. So because of these people, the virus was bound to rise again.

Many of the towns in lockdown now like Leicester, Blackburn, Darwen, etc, have large ethnic populations. Large Pakistani Muslim populations (who are a high-risk group as are blacks, elderly people, and, those, with certain illnesses) live in close-knit communities with generations of the same family all living together. So, this will cause a spike in the COVID infection and death rate. Muslims (those of Pakistani/Bangladeshi origin) have been told to not attend mosque, limit family gatherings and celebrate prayer/worship online, if possible. Muslims normally like to gather for Eid for meals, the giving of gifts etc, however because of the COVID spike, this is really not possible now.

The government because of the spike, have had to put some easing of the lockdown on hold. For example, this now means that certain businesses now cannot open for two weeks. In the hope, that the COVID spike will start falling and then they can open again. Whether this will be the case, remains, to be seen.

The shielding of people with underlying illnesses has now come to an end. This means that those with underlying illnesses can now live a normal life again. However, the ending of shielding has put many workers in a quandary. Why, because now these people will have to choose between returning to work or their health (even with PPE).

An open letter to the government written by 15 UK charities (including AGE UK and Macmillan Cancer Support) raises just such an issue (as mentioned above). The government has replied already saying the furlough scheme is still running (until October) plus other financial funding and benefits are available.

The government has also, stated, employers, have a duty, to look after their workers. Especially, those, with underlying illnesses and indeed, all vulnerable groups to COVID.

Meanwhile, is the government handling of COVID coherent? Well, with a record of 45,000 and counting dead, historians will say no, the government could have acted faster (they were warned about the coming pandemic, last December). Some of the things the government have done like the furloughing scheme were good. The relaxing of the sanctions regime with unemployed people was also good (though this evil penalty regime, backing up the evil welfare policy of Universal Credit, is back). At first, it seemed the scientists were singing along to the government's tune (or the government singing along to the scientist's tune) but now, cracks have appeared. Many scientists like Professor Van Tam and even Chris Whitty, seem to be having a difference in opinion with the government over COVID. For example, members of SAGE (the scientific body advising the government, including Messers Witty and Van Tam) strongly advised the government to take it easy over the easing of lockdown.

Certainly, Boris at the podium doesn't exactly inspire confidence, in his demeanour. That perhaps is not his fault, if he is genuine, but it's not for no reason his nickname is a clown. Boris went to Eton and majored in Latin, history, etc, so, obviously, Boris is no fool. However, his bumbling and mumbling and overall buffoonery, doesn't exactly, inspire, confidence, in many. Many feel Boris, would have been better off as a comedian, some seeing Boris, as a harmless loon. Problem is this clown is at the helm of our nation, in number 10. Also, despite his clown-like antics and appearance, no one should ever be taken, for granted, and that includes, Bojo the Clown.

Another area, where the government has fallen down, is over Universal Basic Income. The government had the chance to introduce it (even as a test run, as some nations like Finland have) instead of benefits or the furlough scheme. But no, Chancellor and Tory golden boy, Rishi Sunak, refused to do it. This was a big mistake, that may crop up again and again until it gets the attention it deserves.

2020, has certainly been a year, that many will look back on, not with favour. Advertisements, try to make it look like, COVID is over, encouraging people to come back, like McDonald's. These type of adverts are dangerous and do not tell the real story. COVID has not gone away, just because the economy is opening up, COVID, does not reason, "Oh, well things are back to normal, I'd better go". No, that is not the case, look at the COVID spike now. In Europe, a 2 wave, maybe on its way. COVID, will not be cured or banished or held down until a proper vaccine is in circulation and in the population building a viable immune system. Or, the human population develops an immune system to destroy the virus. Even then, the virus will still be with us, we may have to live with it, for years to come.

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    • Nick Bishop profile imageAUTHOR

      Nick Bishop 

      9 months ago

      Thank you, so much for your feedback.

    • Sharlee01 profile image

      Sharlee 

      9 months ago

      Good article. In my view, many Governments were perhaps not on the virus as quickly as one might think in hindsight. I have studied the timelines from the WHO and the CDC very closely from the very beginning of the virus. I did so due to being out of the US. I winter in Mexico, so I kept a very close eye on what was going on with the virus. I checked WHO each day, and at this first reporting, it was thought the virus did not spread human to human. China was not letting WHO into the country early on. WHO has downplayed the seriousness. We stayed put, thinking all was well. Then it was reported many in Italy were getting the virus, and that we had our first case in the US. We noted reports Trump closed air travel to and from China. We also caught the report the WHO was against Trump stopping travel to and from China. At that moment I felt this virus may be a problem. WHO still had not gotten into China, and we were getting little to no cooperation from China.

      It seems to be the leaders of many countries was trusting WHO, which could be expected. So, this was part of the problem, the second part of the problem is that COVID is a brand new virus.

      Not sure we should be pointing the finger at the "leaders" of our countries.

      Here in America, I have noted one very obvious thing-- many are in a frenzy to put blame on the president. And those in Washington most vocally doing so, never, I mean never say what they would have done differently.

      I think your correct this virus may be around for some time, we need to adapt to living with it. The blame game only acts to take up energy, and spread discontent.

      I enjoyed the read, I always like to get other views on any given problem.

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