We know from repeated polls that the people of Scotland are right behind the Scottish Government strategy to manage the pandemic.
We know from experts that the ‘health or economy’ thesis is flawed and that if you don’t suppress the virus with force and determination, the economy will only face more severe lockdowns in the future and repeatedly.
We know from research that restaurants and bars can be ‘superspreaders’ of infection:
First, the highly respect Nature Medicine published research in September, tracing an outbreak to four bars in Hong Kong.
Second, also in September, a US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study reported:
Adults with positive SARS-CoV-2 test results were approximately twice as likely to have reported dining at a restaurant than were those with negative SARS-CoV-2 test results.
Third, from Emergency Infectious Diseases, in July, a study from Guangzhou, China, implicated the air conditioning in a restaurant.
During 24 days in Cheonan, South Korea, 112 persons were infected with severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 associated with fitness dance classes at 12 sports facilities. Intense physical exercise in densely populated sports facilities could increase risk for infection. Vigorous exercise in confined spaces should be minimized during outbreaks.
So, why is the Herald swimming against the tide of evidence?