The epidemiologist stack from yesterday had an interesting comment from the UK
The main article criticized the lack of transparency and accuracy of the recent cdc policy changes. But now a quote from th3 UK comment:
From across the Pond, it may look to you like our NHS is not close to capacity because our case rate isn't as high as it got last year. You may not be aware that the NHS does not have the resources it had in earlier waves. Notice I said resources, not funding. We do not have all our health care workers (HCWs) any more. Many are ill or have been left disabled (and unable to do their work) by the remarkably high incidence of Long COVID or have been exhausted to the point of taking early retirement or resigning or committing suicide. Remaining HCWs seldom have access to the higher grade face masks now being recommended by many experts to fend of Omicron.
Our government said to carry on, dropped nearly all COVID measures 19 July, even told us this month to go ahead with holiday parties. But children under age 12 are unvaccinated. Schools are open with no masks in classrooms, no ventilation improvements (our ventilation is often poor), fully packed classes, no remote teaching any more, and prosecution of parents who try to keep their children out (as some clinically extremely vulnerable friends are trying to do in self-defense). So children get it (often half or more of a classroom at a time), an entire household gets it from each of them, and then everyone they interact with gets it.
People often take lateral flow tests before events and only attend if their result is negative. The false negative rate for those tests is relatively high. With previous variants, one false negative might result in a few people at the event getting COVID. Now, it is common for one false negative to result in all or nearly all attendees getting COVID from an event of just a couple of hours. Our prevalence rate is so high that if you have a gathering of, say, 40 people, statistically you must expect at least one attendee to have the virus.”
That speaks for itself. Governments tend to hide behind data to defend themselves. They usually do not lie outright in the West, they lie indirectly by not r3vealing all pertinent facts. Now read the part about the cdc criticism again keeping this in mind.
The truth is that, economically and politically, our governments, at the federal and the state and city level, cannot afford to do the right thing. Citizens will pay the price.