The best hope is that "social distancing from the bottom up" builds up enough economic pressures that the govt start considering the South Korean strategy. It's clear any change won't come from the govt's medical advisers, who are hellbent on ignoring the WHO's recommendations.— James Kelly (@JamesKelly) March 13, 2020
In a live press conference, @WHO chief @DrTedros just had the following message for world leaders:— Rachel Clarke (@doctor_oxford) March 13, 2020
“Not testing alone.
Not contact tracing alone.
Not quarantining alone.
Not social distancing alone.
You must do it all.”
How precisely does @BorisJohnson know better? https://t.co/jNXefhuUyB
"Do not just let this fire burn" says the head of the WHO to European countries. Unfortunately it seems the only people not listening to him are the UK government's scientific advisers, who think they know better and want a huge epidemic to produce "herd immunity".— James Kelly (@JamesKelly) March 13, 2020
Will the complacent media people saying "we must listen to the science" please, for the love of God, listen to this man, the head of the WHO, who is telling the UK government and its advisers to change course urgently?https://t.co/0xYQ5aTI2s— James Kelly (@JamesKelly) March 13, 2020
Two days ago, "taking it on the chin" was just a wacky theory. Now, it's being put into practice under the pretext of achieving "herd immunity."— Joanne Harris (@Joannechocolat) March 13, 2020
Guys: herd immunity only works when the herd has been vaccinated. Otherwise, we call it "natural selection."
Powerful ,authoritative contribution from Dr Michael Ryan of WHO— Bruce McD (@brucemcd23) March 13, 2020
Speaking from experience of fighting epidemics says work closely with your community, move early and move fast . Leave no room for regret because if you don’t move fast the virus will
Anyone listening in No 10? pic.twitter.com/gS1gyWnrPu
No vaccine and no data on immunity following recovery. In that context talk of herd immunity amounts to social darwinism— Darius Humperdinkt (@DHumperdinkt) March 13, 2020
It seems ages ago, but Chris Whitty said to MPs a couple of weeks ago that, whatever his personal feelings on the futility of containment, he'd have to take heed of international feeling on whether to attempt it. So why are the UK govt studiously ignoring what the WHO are saying?— James Kelly (@JamesKelly) March 13, 2020
If it's true that the UK's idiotic response to this catastrophe is being driven partly by "behavioural psychology", you'd think it would have occurred to someone that "wash your hands but we'll make sure you get the virus eventually anyway" isn't the most promising message?— James Kelly (@JamesKelly) March 13, 2020
Absolutely. And history will record that when some (not enough) of the right things started happening, it was in spite of the government, not because of them. That'll make the UK (sadly including Scotland) almost unique in Europe.https://t.co/ubPQe8tkgs— James Kelly (@JamesKelly) March 13, 2020