Saturday October 24, 2020

Analysis: We're on the wrong path to dealing with the virus

Our approach to Covid-19 is characterised by indecision to no one’s benefit

4th October, 2020
Anyone claiming there will definitely be a successful Covid-19 vaccine any time soon is prescribing hope and optimism. I share that hope, but I wouldn’t bet my future on it

This column will not cheer up your Sunday morning, for the time has come to be brutally honest with ourselves about Covid-19. While we have travelled a long way from the initial adrenalin-fuelled emergency response phase, we now find ourselves on the wrong path.

The government’s initial response was what it had to be: decisive, dramatic and ultra-cautious. A new virus we knew little about was among us. Our ways of socialising, living, and doing...

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