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by cwathen
Tue 07 Dec, 2021 21.08
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Coronavirus - Strange times
Replies: 424
Views: 96161

Re: Coronavirus - Strange times

I do think we need to be careful not to brand scientists as a bunch of buzzkills who want people to be miserable all the time, they are human as well. It's true some are more extreme than others but that's true for anyone whether they be a scientist or a politician. I don't actually blame the scien...
by cwathen
Tue 07 Dec, 2021 20.51
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Coronavirus - Strange times
Replies: 424
Views: 96161

Re: Coronavirus - Strange times

No Government wants to bring in restrictions, the costs are enormous and trying to protect health as well as the economy is a tricky balance. I agree that no government wants the restrictions. But with the current narrative being pursued worldwide, no government would dare not bring in restrictions...
by cwathen
Tue 07 Dec, 2021 13.48
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Coronavirus - Strange times
Replies: 424
Views: 96161

Re: Coronavirus - Strange times

I think the last three pages - in a thread not about masks when we have one about masks - proves the above point quite neatly! That irony is not lost! So many stories in the media the last few days about people cancelling holidays because the tests are too expensive or being stuck paying more than ...
by cwathen
Mon 06 Dec, 2021 21.53
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Coronavirus - Strange times
Replies: 424
Views: 96161

Re: Coronavirus - Strange times

I think a lot of the stuff with masks is placebo, because it's something that's visible, so it looks like something's being done regardless of whether it makes much of a difference in certain settings or not. I'd agree with that, but that's absolutely not a reason to do it. Essentially it's like su...
by cwathen
Mon 06 Dec, 2021 16.16
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Coronavirus - Strange times
Replies: 424
Views: 96161

Re: Coronavirus - Strange times

Saying "masks don't work" is an extremely ridiculous position to take. It's as bad as the "if everyone just wore masks all the time, covid would go away" attitude that comes from the other side. There are some things that have been totally ridiculous, like the bar/restaurant rul...
by cwathen
Mon 06 Dec, 2021 12.29
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Coronavirus - Strange times
Replies: 424
Views: 96161

Re: Coronavirus - Strange times

Sadly the extremes on both sides have taken over the argument, both the "masks are useless" and "anyone not wearing masks is a murderer" sides. Whilst admitting to belonging to one of those camps, it is inevitable unfortunately that extremism breeds extremism. With Covid there p...
by cwathen
Mon 06 Dec, 2021 11.23
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Coronavirus - Strange times
Replies: 424
Views: 96161

Re: Coronavirus - Strange times

Generally, despite the new opportunity of fearmongering for the press This is not helped at all though with various government advisors queuing up to give private interviews airing their own opinions on the subject. Whilst in some cases they are badly quoted (but I don't think ever misquoted - the ...
by cwathen
Sat 04 Dec, 2021 21.50
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Coronavirus - Strange times
Replies: 424
Views: 96161

Re: Coronavirus - Strange times

I was strongly against reimposing mandatory masks because, aside from it being demonstrably obvious that they don't do anything, they are a restriction. https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2776536 https://www.ox.ac.uk/news/2020-07-08-oxford-covid-19-study-face-masks-and-coverings-work...
by cwathen
Sat 04 Dec, 2021 19.53
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Coronavirus - Strange times
Replies: 424
Views: 96161

Re: Coronavirus - Strange times

The re-introduction of pre-departure travel tests now. I'm wondering if the travel industry will ever properly recover at this rate, it's practically impossible to plan without knowing what the rules will be, or if you're going to be hit with significant extra costs through increased testing requir...
by cwathen
Sat 04 Dec, 2021 19.22
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Coronavirus - Strange times
Replies: 424
Views: 96161

Re: Coronavirus - Strange times

Well research, as always, marches on. Here's something more recent than the ones I posted before: https://www.science.org/doi/10.1126/science.abi9069 And as with the last lot you posted, I will read it. But whilst doing that, could you answer a simple question? Why is there no observable correlatio...
by cwathen
Sat 04 Dec, 2021 15.25
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Coronavirus - Strange times
Replies: 424
Views: 96161

Re: Coronavirus - Strange times

Oh goody. I’d missed this cheerful thread. I was strongly against reimposing mandatory masks because, aside from it being demonstrably obvious that they don't do anything Eh? That's not true at all. Where did you get that one from? Lets start with something I imagine we do agree on - the impact of ...