At the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, the federal government failed to heed warnings from other countries, produces Giselle Green – it must not do this again. Plus letters from Phil Coughlin, Geoff Naylor, Heather Massie and Brian Wilkinson
Rather than waiting to see which countries encounter a surge in coronavirus situations, I would hope that the government is definitely actively looking into the reasons why. Among the elements being blamed for Spain’ h spike are “ a hurry out of lockdown, opening the edges, patchy compliance with physical isolating, and inadequate contact tracing”, along with outbreaks emerging from bars plus clubs, and seasonal fruit plus vegetable pickers ( Why are travellers to the UK through Spain being asked to pen? , 28 July). With the exception of reopening nightclubs, it appears we are making exactly the same mistakes as our Spanish nearby neighbours. Right at the start of the pandemic all of us ignored the lessons of additional countries, with devastating consequences. Let’ s not do so again.
• A person report that scientists are “ concerned” and “ anxious” that the surge in Covid-19 infections within the coming winter months could be exacerbated simply by “ normal winter illnesses” ( Covid-19 new situations and deaths will remain high intended for weeks, warn UK health commanders , 29 July). I imagine they have taken into account that the measures delivered to control Covid-19, such as social removing, hand washing and use of encounter masks, should be equally effective at decreasing the spread of winter coughs, colds and flu, which ideally may result in a less cataclysmic wintertime than they are forecasting.
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