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On Newsnight, 29th January 2020, referring to the proposed quarantining in a military base of those returning from Wuhan, the above academic said:

‘The question I have is, is the Government reacting to the actual threat posed by the disease or trying to calm a population’s fear and panic which may be disproportionate.’

Prof Wenham is not the only one expressing doubts of this kind:

https://www.wired.com/story/opinion-we-should-deescalate-the-war-on-the-coronavirus/

https://www.brown.edu/news/2020-01-24/coronavirus

In Scotland, Prof Robertson has pointed to a similar but even more disproportionate reaction by politicians in the case of the hospital acquired infections ‘crisis’ last year. He told us:

‘Remember, of the five or six cases reported last year, NONE died BECAUSE OF a hospital acquired infection but were found to have an infection after they had died of something else and which was then described as ‘possibly contributory.’ This may not be a classic moral panic, but it could be a ‘Balmoral Panic!’

More on this here:

BBC Scotland FAILS to report when investigation shows patient was NOT killed by fungal infection

BBC Scotland FAILS to report when investigation shows patient was NOT killed by fungal infection

Note: ‘Balmoral Panic’ is the intellectual property of Neil Robertson