Some readers might remember the Dead Kennedy’s Holiday in Cambodia, where middle class moaners whinge about some aspect of their comfortable lives in the West and are urged to try life in the Killing Fields of 1970s Cambodia.
Why am I reminded of the song and its message when I read the above headline and this?
Business went about investing millions in putting in the necessary personal protective equipment (PPE), setting up the Test and Protect systems and ensuring that their operations were as safe as they could be. But we feel that the Government hasn’t fully delivered on its side of the bargain, which was to deliver a very successful Test and Protect system. That clearly hasn’t worked otherwise we wouldn’t be going into another round of lockdowns.
Leaving aside his confused notion that businesses played any part in setting up the Test and Protect system and the ridiculous notion that the Scottish Government can be held responsible for those who, though contacted, chose not to quarantine themselves and went on to produce the second wave, Patrick seems incredibly unaware of the situation.
In Scotland the Test and Protect teams have typically contacted 80% in 48 hours and over 90% in the end. Now that’s more than adequate. https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/888807/S0402_Thirty-second_SAGE_meeting_on_Covid-19_.pdf
In England, according to the BMJ on the 10th November:
The national Test and Trace is a disaster. Its design means that it cannot possibly contain outbreaks of covid-19. It is obsessed with testing at the expense of all the other necessary links in the chain of actions needed to control outbreaks. It fails to detect asymptomatic people and those who are unwilling or unable to be tested and it ignores false negatives. This means that before it starts, it has potentially missed up to 80% of those who are infectious. It then loses cases at each of the stages of informing the index case, collecting information on contacts, reaching those contacts, and then persuading them to self-isolate.
Not only is that inadequate it’s culpable.