It’s difficult to concentrate, to even enjoy music without, for example, accidentally hearing “M-m-m-my Corona!” belting out of the speakers. Even one of my favourite songs by The Police “Don’t Stand So Close to Me” has taken on a new and unwelcome interpretation. I guess if there’s any elephant in the room it’s not that we are ignoring staring down the barrel of a coronavirus pandemic, I think everyone recognises that (especially you clever people). It’s more, is the UK response to the pandemic the right one? [OK, maybe it is not so much an elephant in the room. I was stuck with it as I ended my last post with that idiom…].
You’ll already be familiar with the government”s response, responses from universities like BU (that largely echo government advice) and you’ll also have local advice from your employer. But do you understand why the government is taking this particular strategy which appears to contrast that of China, Italy, Ireland? Why is the UK doing it differently? And will it work?
Clearly if I had the answer to this I would be locked in a room in discussion with 10 Downing Street strategising away, but my lack of expertise is confirmed by the fact that I am sitting in my office waiting to be told if/when the uni, like all other unis and schools, will shut down. I’d like instead to share with you a series of tweets by Professor Ian Donald a couple of days ago who makes a number of prescient points about the UK government strategy which makes for sober reading. In summary, the government’s strategy appears risky, but if inherent assumptions turn out to be correct (the educated ‘fingers crossed’ bit), the strategy could prove to be very effective…maybe. The analysis in these tweets helped me get a better bearing on the situation. Hope it helps you too.