Saturday, March 21, 2020

The Imperial College report which finally woke up Trump and Boris Johnson

Here is the report, released on March 16, which finally made Trump and Boris Johnson impose stricter measures.  Impact of non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) to reduce COVID19 mortality and healthcare demand

Why did it take them so long? After all, this video explains the essence very simply: 

By the number of cases, Israel is now where Italy was 3 weeks ago. Except that Israel has been in lockdown for the last three days while Italy imposed lockdown on Lombardy only on March 8 which is 10 days later than Israel in relative terms, and in exponential functions this makes all the difference!

Even Dr. Elli Rosenberg, a clinical immunologist at the Soroka Medical Center in Beersheba, was skeptical:  “In the beginning, I thought this was handled way too aggressively and that the measures the government decided on were extreme. As time progressed, especially with examples coming in from different countries around the world of how governments responded and what the consequences were — for better and for worse — I slowly shifted to the point right now where I hope we’re not too late with the actions we’re taking. 

So in contrast to Trump and BoJo, Bibi had done the right thing form the start Will he be given credit?