So true. It appears an activity in denial more than a plan - on the assumption a miracle vacine will came along and sweep the problem away. Near miracles do occur, so that could happen eventually.Bang on. It's our behaviours and the measures we take based on government advice which affect Re.
This is why when individuals ignore the advice and don't give a toss about social distancing, masks, self isolation, group gatherings etc it directly impacts the Re number.
Re is down to every single one of us to control. When any individual ignores the measures in place, it drags this out for longer and more people die and more people lose their jobs. To ignore the measures in place is incredibly irresponsible regardless of your thoughts on dictats from government and human rights.
Regardless, another peak is coming and when our behaviours further change during the coming winter months and the shortening days and we stay inside longer with doors and windows closed, it will get worse.
The government are trying to minimise the damage to the economy until a vaccine arrives. The vaccine is without doubt the most effective measure to reduce Re well below 1 and allow normality to return.
The problem is our plan seems to be based on hope, rather than hard facts and reality.
A plan would be to adopt the new Zealand model which is proven to work, albeit some negatives. They don't want to countenance that here (or even discuss it strangely), and just want to 'get back to normal' with fingers crossed in the meantime. It doesn't inspire confidence in me, but I am not a risk taker by nature.
In view of our accepted inadequate track and trace system , 'sending' people on holiday to Europe with potential for contamination at every step/drink/eatery/hire car/train/plane/toilet seems like something out of a Monty Python sketch. The same countries didn't have enough mortuary space to store the dead bodies 18 weeks ago, and out own health system was unable to do better than achieve the highest excess deaths in Europe.
Not great really.