Our Chief Medical Officer is a miserable old git.
A month ago [before our current six week “lockdown” started] the second wave of the Virus peaked and has been on a steady downward trend ever since. There were a couple of days where the number of cases increased and of course, in the style the modern epidemiologist the CMO latched onto that little increase and started moaning about how careful we must be and all that shit. A typical case of latching on to a narrow sample while ignoring the overall trend.
I actually don’t blame him. He is blinkered. He sees the current world as Virus and nothing else. I can actually see his point of view.
Back in the Dark Times when I had to work, it was the early days of the Interweb. People were being put online for the very first time and it was exciting stuff. Then along came our own version of the pandemic – computer viruses [anyone remember “Iloveyou”?]. And because viruses were new, so also was anti-virus software. In spite of warnings from the IT office people continued to download all sorts of crap and infections were quite common.
Using the computer network analogy, what our CMO wants is for everyone to disconnect from the Interwebs and to stop sharing files. If you’re in IT, that’s a great way to halt all viruses but it brings everyone else’s work to a grinding halt. Our network IT man is delighted – a clean network with no viruses which is his objective. He doesn’t care about word processing or spreadsheets as they aren’t in his remit, and if the business folds, at least it folds with a clean network.
There is a lot of talk about new vaccines at the moment – around 95% effective apparently. This is our new “anti-virus software”. Presumably if enough people subject themselves we can get back to normal again?
But what will our CMO worry about then?