Science committee says it’s impossible to know the ideal time to act – and early is best
Every time the Tories are shown to have inexcusably delayed vital actions to save lives from the coronavirus, they trot out some variant of “We acted at the right time. It wasn’t right earlier, but it’s right now. We know that – because science.”
But the official documentation of the government’s own scientific advisers show that claim to be exactly what it looks like: a blatant and totally groundless excuse:
The government document titled “Official: Potential impact of behavioural and social interventions on a Covid-19 epidemic in the UK – 9 March 2020” exposes the Tory bollocks – by stating frankly that it is impossible to know the ideal time to implement an ‘intervention’:
It will not be possible to time [the interventions’] starting date optimallyOfficial science committee document
And the government’s ‘SPI-M-O’ scientific committee, which advises the official SAGE group recommending strategy to the government, states the obvious: if you don’t know the ‘ideal’ time to intervent, do it early:
Closing schools; imposing social distancing and the lock-down; building PPE stocks; buying ventilators; protecting care home residents; testing and tracing like the World Health Organisation advises and other developed countries are doing; banning large sports events, quarantining passengers from COVID-19 hotspots. All these and more were delayed unforgivably by the Tories – at the cost of thousands of UK lives.
And their excuse is bullshit – say their own scientists.
Just don’t expect to hear this on the BBC and most other ‘mainstream’ media.
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