On BBC Politics Scotland this morning, Professor Stephen Reicher was asked:
Is (sic) there any data that is (sic) specific to Scotland on the self isolation figures? And do you think governments as a whole need to be doing a lot more to help people to comply with self-isolation?
He didn’t know of any data that are specific to Scotland and that are evidence of greater compliance but I do:
Profs Reicher, Bauld and Sridhar have been telling us for months that the Scottish Government has been better at communicating its decisions and that better communication leads to greater confidence in the measures implemented but they have baulked at completing the circle.
The infection level in Scotland throughout the pandemic has been around half of that in England. It’s currently less than half. That’s a big difference indicating millions behaving differently.
What could be causing that level of difference in infection levels? Isn’t a difference in the rate of compliance, the obvious cause? What else could it be? Weather, diet, demography….things are not that much different here.
So, better communication by leaders leads to greater confidence in their actions and that leads to greater willingness to comply with their policies and that leads to lower infection levels? Simple?
None of the three, above will say this despite all three having long been willing to praise the Scottish Government’s input. To be fair, recently, Professor Bauld has been tweeting the actual infection data shunned by our MSM.
Are they worried it all seems a bit too ‘ethnic’ to be saying Scots are complying more with pandemic measures?