Post # 61
this probably a large part of it. It’s harder to launch a rant at a journalist doing her job if she’s not sat i front of you.
i just read that article. Very interesting. At the moment people are looking for someone or something to blame for this situation. The sad truth is that like all major historical events, there isn’t just one cause and therefore not just one person to blame.
Post # 62
I think that a huge part of the problem is the exponential (doubling) nature of epidemics and pandemics. They start off with small numbers and continue small for ages and then leap up to big numbers. Someone from the WHO commented on this a few weeks ago, and said that early in a pandemic people wonder why you are overreacting and later on they wonder why you haven’t done enough.
Here in the UK (yes, I’m British) the Government thought they could ride everything out and depend on herd immunity so they delayed lockdown. What changed their collective mind was an open letter signed by hundreds of scientists.
I’ll see if I can find a copy and post it.
What surprised me about the letter was not so much the contents but who had signed it. It wasn’t (as lots of newspapers reported) a wide range of scientists. It was the mathematical scientists, applied mathematicians and pure mathematicians. ( There was also the occasional surgeon, some economists, and a few random PhD students whose names will be forever covered in glory.)
Yes, the maths people (who have a firm grasp of exponential growth and its ramifications) came down from their ivory towers to save us.
The other people who understand exponential growth – or as they call it, compound interest – are investment economists. The markets moved incredibly quickly, long before a pandemic was declared.
There will be hell to pay for the lockdown delay once the pandemic is over and no doubt UK political heads will roll. The WHO will no doubt be heavily scrutinised, sanctioned and reorganised.
It’s just that right in the middle of a pandemic is the very worst time to do it.
Post # 63
- Wedding: May 2016 - Sussex, UK
As others have stated your view of what the WHO does is fundamentally flawed. They need funding. I don’t think anyone can convince you otherwise though. Do you understand that there might possibly be hidden motives behind what Trump has stated?