Monday, October 25, 2021

New variant? No masks? Here's what's driving the U.K.'s Covid surge

New variant? No masks? Here's what's driving the U.K.'s Covid surge

Mandatory-mask rules do exist on public transport systems, with face coverings required across the Transport for London network, which includes the capital’s underground train system, but those rules are not always complied with, nor regularly enforced.

Ravi Gupta of the Cambridge Institute of Therapeutic Immunology and Infectious Disease agreed with Gurdasani that maintaining restrictions might have helped avoid the U.K.'s current predicament.

"The relaxation [of rules] that happened over summer was a fairly drastic month going from, you know, quite, quite tight measures to very few restrictions," Gupta said. "And I think that, in retrospect, a more graded approach may have prevented the surge that we’re seeing."

Look, I am pro restrictions if we have hard science showing they help.  With waning levels of antibodies among the vaccinated and winter approaching, as we approach almost two years of pandemonium, I'm filled with a sense of dread and fear, not just for the illness and deaths caused by the virus, but am wondering what social chaos will ensue as this drags on forever.


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