It’s over a year now since CV19 appeared, allegedly in China, and rapidly spread world wide – that so-called global pandemic.
Are matters improving at last?
Far from it – they get worse with each passing day, given the new virus mutants popping up – in the UK, South Africa, Nigeria (allegedly) etc etc- if not more lethal – at least more infectious.
So how do things look specifically in my own country (Britain)? Answer. Not good (increasingly worrying, if the truth be told). Why not?
One hardly knows where to start. But if I had to single out a particular issue, it’s the manner in which government and media constantly focus on a particular issue, namely “the strain on the NHS”, with more and more beds occupied by Covid 19 victims, fewer and fewer for urgent non-CV patients (newly-diagnosed cancer included!), with increasing risk for NHS workers at all levels etc etc.
It’s seems abundantly clear that the chief worry on the part of Government is that of its own “credibility” – its ability to cope with the latest problem to arrive on its doorstep.
It’s the NHS that is being perceived as (initially at any rate) the prime (or close-on-heels secondary) victim.
Is that right? Is that responsible government?
My (admittedly) first reaction is to say NO! You need to reorder your priorities , Government – in Britain and elsewhere – and FAST. You all of you need to recognize that the current pandemic is not just the latest chapter in a long long mind-numbing history book. It’s become the dominating title of the 21st century – and needs to be treated accordingly!
OK, it’s easy to say that, but how? Yes. HOW does Government rise to the occasion? How does it show it’s pulling out all the stops to treat CV19 with the seriousness it deserves?
This posting is primarily about the need for the appropriate degree of alarm, as distinct from practical “solutions” (assuming that such an idealistic notion can be entertained).
But I’ll flag up one approach that maybe needs to be considered, not urgently, but calmly and leisurely, say over a lengthy and time-consuming 48 hour period starting right here and now, albeit on an admittedly low profile somewhat quirky (but internationally-based!) website.
Cease thinking about vaccines – preventive or hopefully curative- in the context of centralized hospital beds. That not only puts staff at risk, my own medic daughter included, but the patients themselves (crowded in with others maybe at ever greater risk to their own survival).
Think afresh. Devise a MASSIVE NEW INITIATIVE to shift treatment (and maybe even diagnosis) from state-run hospital into the safer confines individual HOME
In short, draft in the necessary medics – doctors, nurses, paramedics etc – by the 100s, tens of 1000s, protected head-to-foot with 99.9% efficient protective clothing. Take along home-based, home-friendly ventilators etc. Draft in additional help – whether from retired medics, pensioners, the temporarily unemployed etc etc, willing to make a super-human effort to – hopefully – nip this scourge in the bud via HOME-BASED ISOLATION.
I’ll stop there for now. Expect further instalments, whether defensive – depending on co-bloggers reservations and/or objections – or on additional new thinking re practicalities (finance, manpower etc etc ).
Thank you for reading to the end of this urgent missive…
Update, Jan 11, 2021, 10:30
Have just notified the BBC via a current website invitation to submit questions (strict word limit).
There was only room for me to flag up the title of this posting and a link thereto!
It remains to be seen whether there’s any comeback from the BBC.
PS (added Jan 13): no response from the BBC re my supplied link to this site and its message, merely a bizarre, self-indulgent email a few minutes ago, inviting me to take part in a short survey re the BBC. I considered supplying this posting’s message in more detail, until reading this attached message in small print at the bottom of the email:
This email is sent from an automated account which is not monitored and so we’re unable to respond to replies to this email.
You are the pits, BBC. You truly are the pits with your smug, superior, elitist little ways. (That’s without mention of recently over-75s like myself expecting to be spared shelling out a big gob of money each year for a so-called “TV licence”, read BBC-licence, then having the offer withdrawn by the BBC itself – not central government – at the 11th hour.
I hope to see you (a) uninvented (b) reinvented, BBC, in the not too distant future. How? In a manner that makes you (c) less like a remote UN agency, and (d) more like a mouthpiece, just once in a while, for the British man (or woman) in the street.