Saturday April 4, 2020

Half a million infected people is the difference that is in all our hands

A 20% daily growth rate in the virus would mean 60,000 cases in four weeks whereas a 30% rate would mean 570,000. The situation is as stark as it gets

22nd March, 2020
The cancellation of the St Patrick’s Day festival and the closure of all schools was the sudden, hard slap across the face that our national psyche needed for us all to accept that the unthinkable was actually happening. Picture: PA

It took time to sink in, but that terrible feeling of waking up during the second half of a third-rate 1990s “end of the world is nigh” melodrama is beginning to subside.

The cancellation of the St Patrick’s Day festival and the closure of all schools was the sudden, hard slap across the face that our national psyche needed for us all to accept that the unthinkable was actually happening: a new virus...

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