- Apr 26, 2020
- United Kingdom
No, nobody is actually setting the bar at zero risk whatsoever, that's hyperbole.That is why they have taken all these drastic measures and lockdowns haven't they? To primarily protect those most at risk and reduce the infection rate? A year later and there are now vaccines so those most at risk can be immunized. But the bar keeps on getting raised. Now there must be absolutely no one with risk of infection or death from covid. When infact this criteria isn't utilized for any other kind of sickness or disease.
The bar has been raised because our ability to limit the number of deaths has improved. Why wouldn't it be raised in line with our expanded ability?
Most of those at greatest risk can be immunised. But the rollout hasn't been completed yet; there's still a lot of unknowns around vaccine efficacy against other variants; and not everyone at-risk can have the vaccine anyway. So, yes, it saves lives to maintain (some level of) restriction.
No, because shutting down all car travel would make modern life utterly untenable, whereas lockdowns and other restrictions actually don't. Lockdowns and restrictions require significant psychological and practical adjustment, but that's been proven manageable.Your comparison with seatbelts makes no sense. A more apt comparison would be; traffic accidents happen so let's shut down every traffic. Something they also don't do. A certain margin of risk is unavoidable. Even living as a sealed off vegetable in a sterilized room wouldn't free you from the risks of malignant growths or ruptured blood vessels.
The seatbelt comparison is apt enough, because when they were first introduced there was plenty of moaning about how it's an infringement on personal freedom, etc etc. All the same arguments were trotted out: we can't completely remove risk, so why bother taking this precaution?
The answer is also the same in both situations: because the risk-mitigation measure is a practical and reasonable ask, and because it will save lives.
"Noone gives a shit"? Perhaps you're unaware of the vast public health campaigns targeting unhealthy living? There is already enormous investment in that area.Like I said, people die by the shitload from heart and coronary diseases directly related to unhealthy lifestyles yet no one gives a shit. If public health is really such a concern maybe focus on the biggest killer first.