Stop counting and it will go away – UK gov’s new strategy on covid-19

The easiest way to alter perception of some kind of negative situation is simply not to count.

For example, in Iraq the US didn’t (officially) count the number of civilians who died at their checkpoints. [1] Thus they could hide the fact that they were murdering civilians.

The UK gov faced with rapidly rising numbers of infections of covid-19 – not least because they are alone in ignoring WHO advice for strict quarantine measures – are taking the simple expedient of not counting. People with mild symptoms should stay at home and not contact health services. They will not be tested:

The web post goes on to say that people should only contact the health service if they can’t cope or the symptoms get worse.

This means that the UK published figures  – which you can see on this funky interactive chart – for coronavirus cases are 100% irrelevant.

Leading experts independent of government continue to point out that the government continues in effect to be doing absolutely nothing to control the epidemic. E.g:

This is a kind of ragbag with no particular logic to it … they are issuing some semi-directive things but they are not really doing what we need to do, which is to mobilise and encourage communities, neighbourhoods, families to form their own plans for the next period in which the local situation will influence what happens – whether it’s not going out to eat, or stopping sporting events.

Professor John Ashton, former regional director of PHE

I can’t see that any of these measures are going to have a big impact … none of that is really going to affect transmission in the UK

Paul Hunter, professor of medicine at the university of East Anglia

In effect the policy of the UK government is to do nothing and let the virus wash over the country – knowing full well that they could be doing things which would reduce the death-count but not doing them. They are going this in order to protect the economy. Contrast Italy where robust quarantine measures have been taken which, according to WHO advice, will help control the epidemic and thus save lives; even though this will certainly cause an economic crisis. I just wonder if Italy isn’t valuing people over profit because religious and family values are strong in Italy? Allowing people to die for money is something they can’t contemplate perhaps?

Notes

  1. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2007/jul/13/usa.iraq2

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