Boris Johnson’s waffling yesterday made a lot of people – me included – angry and I am willing to bet that he did not reassure anyone. You may find some comfort in the video below instead.
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This is how his Dutch counterpart (Mark Rutte is his name) addressed the problem. (Not perfect either, but much better.) The first bit appears to be about the confusion this whole thing has sown, also in the Netherlands, where they initially may have thought that Covid-19 wasn’t necessarily going to be a problem other than that it might cause discrimination.
That was grabbed by the horns right away (by the media, including TV, and by the Health Minister) as that response was quite ugly in the Netherlands, but so far has remained entirely verbal, as far as I know. In the UK, the extent appears to have been limited, but its nature was different. (Two physical attacks occurred in London, with both victims apparently requiring surgery.)
Rutte also mentions the herd immunity concept.
He addresses money worries too and lavishes praise and gratitude.
Keep in mind that the Netherlands does not have anything anywhere near the poverty levels that the UK has.
Mark Rutte is right-wing, not a lefty.
By the way, have you noticed that the official NHS information is that none of us need to report it if we fall ill, that we do not need to get tested and that we should only contact the medical profession if our health becomes seriously compromised?
So are they using an algorithm to keep track of the infection numbers, then?
Stay at home if you have coronavirus symptoms
Stay at home if you have either:
- a high temperature – you feel hot to touch on your chest or back
- a new, continuous cough – this means you’ve started coughing repeatedly
Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.
You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you’re staying at home.
Testing for coronavirus is not needed if you’re staying at home.