Every single winter in the U.K. the NHS is in near collapse .Onda wrote: ↑Sat Jan 02, 2021 2:02 pmFunny to see exactly the same discussion developing here like in Germany over the last months.
In Germany, we´re in the middle of the "2nd wave" now, after experiencing an intermediate phase (over summer) with very low infection rates. The isolation rules were loosened again, almost everyone was behaving like there was no virus any more.
The experts were saying: This is super dangerous, we will see a massive 2nd wave in autumn / winter if we don´t continue to restrict people´s mobility.
Everyone else were saying: Look, life is easy again, hardly any new cases, don´t worry!
The experts were right, however.
Now we have almost 1,000 deaths per day and 20,000-30,000 new infections per day. The (very good!) NHS is at the edge of breaking down. And things will get worse for sure.
It is unevitable to separate people, no matter if the rules make sense for each and everyone. Only general, brutal rules will manage to keep infection rates down until 85 % of the population will be successfully vaccinated. In every country.
It is terribly hard for the people and for the democracies all over the world, but is the only possible solution to avoid the terrible JoJo game of lockdown, all-open, lockdown, all-open...
And, BTW: No "flu" has ever meant any trouble for our NHS (or the NHS of Italy, France, Netherlands, USA etc). Never ever over the last several decades. So think about if Covid should be compared with the flu. IT IS NOT!
Covid is the straw that breaks the camels back . ICU was allready 80% before our new variant hit
Where I live in wales we have pretty much the lowest rate of ICU beds per 100k population due to years and years of underinvestment and austerity. Those chickens have now come home to roost so the government must introduce these draconian measures to prevent collapse . I would add in U.K. we have a very active flu jab program specifically for the same reasons . Wildly one of the hardest areas to get uptake is healthcare workers !