Kilkis wrote:Maud wrote:... Children in Denmark who are back at school are 7 years old, and more able to understand the situation. In the U.K. the Government is sending 4 and 5 year olds back to school...
I had a conversation with my son about a week ago, Maud. I said I thought it would be better for sixth formers to go back first. They are more or less adults and much better able to understand the need for social distancing. I went on to say that 4 and 5 year olds are irresistibly attracted to each other and cannot resist rolling about and touching each other. He pointed out that sixth formers are also irresistibly attracted to each other and cannot resist rolling about and touching each other but for very different reasons. I think I must be getting old.
I am glad you think the UK is doing well, Straycat-67, because the rest of the world thinks that the UK and the USA are a complete joke. Forget the R number. The UK is currently getting well over 3,000 cases per day. South Korea went from zero cases to 20 cases per day for several days. They believe the up-tick was caused by either 1 or possibly 2 or 3 active cases circulating in the community. In order to contain that increase of 20 cases per day within 2 to 3 days they traced, tested and where necessary isolated 10,000 individuals. How many individuals do you need to trace test and isolate every day if you have over 3,000 new cases per day? Do you believe the UK has the capability to do that? I don't know of any country that has relaxed social distancing at all while they were still running at over 3,000 cases per day.
I am by no means suggesting the UK had done or is doing things right, I am only suggesting we are now on the right path (fingers crossed).
We have hardly relaxed anything here, no where near what you might think. Only essential shops (supermarkets, garages, pharmacies etc...) still open, yes we can go out for more exercise and short drives but in general lockdown still more or less exists here.
I agree with you about the track and trace with regard the 3,000 plus case per day, this needs to come down to 1,000 max IMHO.
But as mentioned earlier or testing has gone up 5 fold but cases are stable if not falling from a month ago, so there is obviously a positive correlation with you look at percentages of testing to positive cases. Let's be honest, of all the countries pulling 0-50 positive case per day, how many tests are being carried out per capita??
I'm not here to debate whose done what right or wrong, I was more here to suggest I hope to get out of the UK and back to my home in Athens ASAP, safely, securely etc.....and I only hope that within a month from now I can do so.