Very interesting read.
I was generally anti lockdown from the very beginning but I had sympathy for the decision as here it was to prevent the national health service from becoming overwhelmed which at the time was considered to be a scenario that would result in far greater deaths from all causes and what were were seeing on the news in Italy looked like a post apocalyptic nightmare.
It is really important to look at the deaths caused as a result of locking people down and compare them to the death rate statistics of all variants that is now known in order to really assess if it was a good thing to do or not.
The premature deaths as a result of locking down will continue for the next few years however.
Only 17,000ish people died of covid in the UK that had zero underlying health conditions.
So you have to wonder if the 5yr death averages are going to go down over the next few years as all the people that would have died anyway will have been taken out early by covid but now to add to that we have people dying through suicide as they’re lives where ruined and deaths from untreated conditions.
When we look at all the billions wasted its hard not to think that a better strategy would have been to spend all that money protecting the vulnerable and letting the healthy people get on with their lives.
The UK set up nightingale hospitals that were never used, why not use them to treat covid patients and leave the other hospitals to do what they usually do?
This isn’t the benefit of hindsight as many were saying this exact same things in March 2020.
Also ill add that I had to be out working through the pandemic despite being obese and over 40 which statistically puts me at higher risk.
I was mixing with other guys on site and some of whom got covid and as we needed to communicate we mostly didnt wear masks.
It wasn’t particularly comfortable but I couldn’t expect to send men out to work around the country and not go and pitch it too so i made sure I was out with them day and night showing that all hands on deck meant just that.
Fortunately many of the guys that I work with are fearless which although can cause problems when dealing with 400kg pieces of glass 6 stories up in the air or working on a glass roof , it is invaluable when you need to keep things moving during a pandemic.