The Scottish Government has begun a phased re-opening of schools with intervals in which to gather the data on infection levels and make scientific assessments of how to proceed. Is there an expert who disagrees with this approach?
The Scottish strategy, as with its care home vaccination prioritising, is supported by independent experts. Professor John Edmunds of SAGE has suggested that one reason for not easing too quickly is the risk of further mutations:
It is certainly a risk if we allow high risks of infections in certain parts of the community, among younger individuals, then we do run the risk of further mutations occurring which could reduce the effectiveness of the vaccination programme.
Ross bases his argument on falling infection levels in the wider community and perversely thinks it clever to call the decision by the Scottish Government to react to those falling levels with an expert-backed slightly faster but phased return, a ‘u-turn’ and then argue for a full-English return of the kind criticised by experts there.
His logic is comparable to that of advising a just-passed the test driver, who has overcome their fear of speed to get up to 60 on the motorway for the first time, to now ‘just floor it!’