I have a few points upon which I like to ponder.
I don’t know if pondering is good for the soul but surely there’s no harm in it.
I ponder the death rate during this Virus lark. For a couple of months at the beginning the death rate was constantly in double figures, reaching 77 in mid April. At the time, reported cases reached a peak of 936. Since then however the death rate rarely reaches double figures, yet the number of reported cases in the second wave constantly exceeded the 1,000 mark, yet the death rate still hasn’t risen. Yesterday we hit 4,962 reported cases but only 7 deaths. Why? Could it possibly be that the Virus has lost its potency?
Sticking with the death rate, they gleefully told us that the average death rate was well above the expected levels at the beginning of the year and that this was proof that the Virus was more deadly than the flu. I just wonder though if this was a case of the Virus bumping off the vulnerable who would have died later anyway? So is it possible that the death rate dropped later in the year and that the average mortality for the whole year is normal?
When the Virus first arrived they launched their campaign to get us a to wash hands, wear masks and start [anti-]social distancing. By all accounts most are adhering to these points yet we have had two or more serious waves since then. How come? If these measures worked then surely the worst case scenario is a levelling off of infection rates, yet the Virus is running rampant [according to their figures]. Could it be that face masks and distancing are a load of bollox?
Then there is this lark about schools. It is vital that schools remain open? I have no real argument against the principle but surely this is an amazing opportunity for the Virus to spread? Seeing as pupils presumably go home each evening and mingle with their families, it is the equivalent of getting thirty or so families to gather together in one room each day. And that’s just for one class. With half a million or so kids in the entire country then they are mingling half a million families every day. If the intention is to “beat the virus” then opening schools makes no sense at all.
And what happened to the ordinary Flu that’s supposed to run riot at this time of the year?