Sigh, we’ve all been here before. Just when you’re ready to forego the masks and book your next ticket abroad, there’s the inevitable talk of lockdowns.
The conversation now is whether June 21st is too soon to lift this lockdown since the spread of the Delta variant may give rise to a third wave.
That’s right, another wave – and given everyone is mingling in the summer heat, it might be wise to slow down.
At least, that’s according to the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE), adding that the variant is still 60% more transmissible than the Alpha variant.
Yikes. You might think this time is different though; the over-50s have had their first dose of the vaccine. Sorted right? No need to be all doom and gloom right?
Well, you’re right that the UK is better prepared than last years debacle, but as the past few years have shown, the virus spreads mercilessly.
You also have to look at hospitalisations, where patients in North-West England and Scotland are higher than the remainder of UK.
So, what should we do?
Just another four more weeks of delay would allow the over-50s to have their second dose. Just a little prudence would allow us to truly gauge how dangerous or not the Delta variant is.
Yet that’s all you hear right? Time. More time. Time that destroys sectors of the economy, time that withers relationships, time that destroys our own being because we forgot how to even talk to others. All that for the unending ‘greater good’ that never comes, right?
Well, reader, do you have time for a third wave? God no.
Although lockdown has practically lifted and everyone has their ears pricked on Johnson or Hancock, you must remember that the ‘greater good’ is not about saving time but saving lives.
So before you think cinemas, pubs and stadiums will open at full capacity on June 21st, hold your horses, or better yet, don’t hold your beers.