It's because lots of people did not and still don't get on board with restrictions or constantly undermine the need for them. This coupled with a dithering lightweight government without the ability to stick to anything or communicate which has lead to England is in the shit its in. The entitlement of a lot of the population has been staggering and because we as a country are now judged as a farce around the world I think it's lead to people digging their feet in further or sticking their heads in the sand.
We are rolling out a vaccine, we know how to make vaccines with any luck this will be no different from seasonal flu soon.
People who have fought this and the frankly staggering amount of work involved just wish this thing would just go away but it isn't - yet.
To compare Covid to a meteor strike or Martians just stuns me.
Compliance with restrictions is very high. I read recently that 90% of the population is doing asked. Of course the other 10% can cause a hell of a lot of problems for us all. One issue that seems to have gone under the radar is employers forcing staff into the workplace when it isn't necessary, and lack of social distancing in some workplaces. It was reported recent!y that in England over 1300 complaints had been made against employers, resulting in 81 warnings and no fines. That is a far bigger problem than a couple of women going for a walk in Derbyshire.It's because lots of people did not and still don't get on board with restrictions or constantly undermine the need for them. This coupled with a dithering lightweight government without the ability to stick to anything or communicate which has lead to England is in the shit its in. The entitlement of a lot of the population has been staggering and because we as a country are now judged as a farce around the world I think it's lead to people digging their feet in further or sticking their heads in the sand.
I get that but some of the balancing seems inexplicable and seems to go along the lines of:-What you refer to as government dithering is an attempt to balance preventing the spread of Covid against destroying people's livelihoods and hopes for the future.
But people will still buy tons of cheap plastic Chinese tat, not to mention iPhones and Huawei gear.If that happens, China will get cut off from the world once again as people decide not to go there.
Self-reported diligence is quite high, but tellingly more people don't believe that others are taking it seriously.Compliance with restrictions is very high. I read recently that 90% of the population is doing asked. Of course the other 10% can cause a hell of a lot of problems for us all. One issue that seems to have gone under the radar is employers forcing staff into the workplace when it isn't necessary, and lack of social distancing in some workplaces. It was reported recent!y that in England over 1300 complaints had been made against employers, resulting in 81 warnings and no fines. That is a far bigger problem than a couple of women going for a walk in Derbyshire.
69% of people saying that they are taking it seriously, is not too different from 76% saying others are not in terms of figures.Self-reported diligence is quite high, but tellingly more people don't believe that others are taking it seriously.
The Government knew several things when the first lockdown was announced that they seem to have forgotten about. One was that masks are unnecessary in the open air (I'm quoting Professor Whitty there). But perhaps the most important is that you can't keep on locking down. It's not just a lack of fear, it's several issues, one of which is that something that can be put off for a few weeks without serious harm cannot be put off forever. Going to the dentists would be a trivial example. those things that are put off in this way will only add to the very serious long term consequences of the repeated lockdowns. It's the counterbalance to those who have got over their fear.During the first lockdown our supermarket had people coming in once a week and cramming their trolleys with shopping so they didn't need to go out again.
This time round we're getting people coming in half a dozen times a day for something to do, buying two items each time. Or even just walking round and then out again because 'you haven't got what I want'.
The fear isn't there any more. And once the fear level drops to a certain level lockdown will become ineffective.
Incidentally, the two of my kids who were furloughed last time round are still going into work. Their employers have clearly decided that locking down was more trouble than it's worth. One of them is an accountant, who could work from home, but his employers have decided to stay open this time round. One more round of lockdown and I don't think anyone will comply.
Update ...... A pharmacist has been arrested and charged. The individual deliberately left out 500 some vials out with the intention to contaminate/run the batch of vaccine. The pharmacist returned to work the next day, and proceeded to inject 57 individuals with the that same ruined vaccine . ...
SOURCE: https://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/202...ying-hundreds-of-vaccine-doses/3821611712649/Wisconsin pharmacist pleads guilty to destroying hundreds of vaccine doses
A Wisconsin pharmacist pleaded guilty on Tuesday to destroying more than 500 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Steven Brandenburg, 46, faces up to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to two counts of attempting to tamper with consumer products with reckless disregard for the risk that another person will be placed in danger of death or bodily injury, the U.S. Department of Justice said. ...
Brandenburg on Dec. 26 left out overnight 57 vials of Moderna's vaccine, each of which contains 10 doses of vaccine and must be stored between 36 and 46 degrees Fahrenheit.
His actions caused an estimated $8,000-$11,000 worth of damages and more than 50 people were administered vaccine doses that were rendered ineffective.
In his plea agreement, Brandenburg said he believes in various conspiracy theories and notions of "alternative history" including being highly skeptical of vaccines in general and specifically of the Moderna vaccine.
He had shared these beliefs with his co-workers for at least the two years leading up to tampering with the vaccines, the plea agreement states. ...
That story made the news in the UK (online at least). All I can say is that I despair. He deserves everything he gets.
Yes , I have one - I have impaired lung function plus other problems. I've been thanked by security people for wearing it so they don't have to ask.True, but with things as they are some sort of indication that a person is exempt would be useful. I've seen people wearing lanyards with 'mask exempt' or some such on them.
Not that I have seen reported anywhere. Per Cuomo, the federal government gave the states a firm schedule of how many doses would be delivered to the states weekly for the next few weeks, which will make it easier to plan. The manufacturers are working steadily and the feds have assisted in upping the output, although the effects will not be seen until April at the earliest. I assume they provided guarantees to support manufacturing infrastructure.The Biden administration said today the U.S. is out of vaccine, and will be months before more is available.
Are not vaccine makers making vaccine 24/7 ?
This happened to my Dad when he died, long before Covid. The ambulance arrived hours later and he died at the hospital.Apologies if this is maybe a touch political, and mods please remove if it steps over the "line" but it made me cry with anger while I was reading it.
‘We’re expendable’: my father died with Covid after four-hour wait for ambulance
Update ... The pharmacist is not just an anti-vaxxer ... Cue the theremin ...Wisconsin pharmacist pleads guilty to destroying hundreds of vaccine doses
FULL STORY: https://www.thedailybeast.com/wisco...enburg-is-a-flat-earther-fbi-document-revealsWisconsin Vaccine Saboteur Steven Brandenburg Is a Flat-Earther, FBI Document Reveals
The Wisconsin pharmacist who intentionally sabotaged hundreds of doses of the Moderna coronavirus vaccine because he thought COVID-19 was a hoax, also believes the earth is flat and the sky is actually a “shield put up by the Government to prevent individuals from seeing God.”
That’s according to a newly-unsealed FBI search warrant application obtained by The Daily Beast, which the bureau filed earlier this month requesting permission to analyze an iPhone, a laptop, and a thumb drive seized from Steven Brandenburg when he was arrested in late December. ...
FULL STORY: https://apnews.com/article/race-and...ilis-us-news-eae3315d2dfecd6443b56a2dc7bcb887Vaccine skepticism lurks in town famous for syphilis study
Lucenia Dunn spent the early days of the coronavirus pandemic encouraging people to wear masks and keep a safe distance from each other in Tuskegee, a mostly Black city where the government once used unsuspecting African American men as guinea pigs in a study of a sexually transmitted disease.
Now, the onetime mayor of the town immortalized as the home of the infamous “Tuskegee syphilis study” is wary of getting inoculated against COVID-19. Among other things, she’s suspicious of the government promoting a vaccine that was developed in record time when it can’t seem to conduct adequate virus testing or consistently provide quality rural health care. ...
“I’m not doing this vaccine right now. That doesn’t mean I’m never going to do it. But I know enough to withhold getting it until we see all that is involved,” said Dunn, who is Black.
The coronavirus immunization campaign is off to a shaky start in Tuskegee and other parts of Macon County. Area leaders point to a resistance among residents spurred by a distrust of government promises and decades of failed health programs. Many people in this city of 8,500 have relatives who were subjected to unethical government experimentation during the syphilis study. ...
FULL STORY: https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/taiwan-quarantine-kidnap-intl-hnk-scli/index.htmlTaiwan authorities revoke quarantine fine for man after discovering he was kidnapped
Taiwanese authorities said they will no longer fine a man for breaking quarantine because investigators discovered he was kidnapped in an unfortunate case of mistaken identity.
The man, whose surname is Chen, had arrived from Hong Kong in late October and was quarantining at a friend's house in the central city of Nantou, according to a statement from the Changhua Branch of the Ministry of Justice's Administrative Enforcement Agency.
On November 1 at 11 p.m., debt collectors broke in and whisked Chen away against his will, mistaking him for his friend. They forced him to pay the debts and eventually returned Chen, who sustained injuries during the ordeal.
Local public health authorities initially fined Chen $3,500 for violating the quarantine order, but the case was handed over to the Ministry of Justice to investigate the claims of forced detention.
Police verified Chen's claim and the kidnappers are now under investigation, authorities said.
While the case is unusual, the hefty fine is not. Taiwan has levied a series of large fines on people violating quarantine as part of its world-class response to the pandemic. ...
Similar to Piers Corbyn, dig a little and he's a 5G conspiracy nut as well as an anti-vaxxer and has shared the stage with people like James Icke, David's Son.Update ... The pharmacist is not just an anti-vaxxer ... Cue the theremin ...
FULL STORY: https://www.thedailybeast.com/wisco...enburg-is-a-flat-earther-fbi-document-reveals
FULL STORY: https://apnews.com/article/new-hampshire-cats-animals-fca20602aab19f84fd98ff6a08989479All those in favor say meow: Pets banned from bill hearings
Politically active pets are out of luck in New Hampshire, where some lawmakers have been told to keep their cats and dogs out of the room when they log on for remote hearings.
Rep. Anita Burroughs, a Democrat from Glen, said her cats, Yoshi and Jack, have made appearances during several recent House Commerce and Consumer Affairs Committee hearings — including Wednesday, when Yoshi’s fluffy black-and-white face partially obscured her own as he moved in for some attention. No one objected at the time, but a colleague later passed along a message from the committee chair, Republican Rep. John Hunt of Rindge. ...
“The chair talked to her and said no animals in the room,” Burroughs said. “I can try to keep the cats off the screen. Keeping them out of the room is going to be impossible.”
Burroughs said at least one other lawmaker’s cat attended the hearing, and another’s dog barked briefly in the background. Lawmakers’ children also have popped up, she said. ...
No mention of shagging though..New Hampshire lawmakers are getting testy about pets and children interrupting their teleconferences.
FULL STORY: https://apnews.com/article/new-hampshire-cats-animals-fca20602aab19f84fd98ff6a08989479