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Level 5 lockdown essentially failed

  • 01-12-2020 10:01am
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    Registered Users Posts: 4,366 ✭✭✭ jacdaniel2014


    The goal of the level 5 lockdown was to reduce the cases to about 50 per day so we could reopen.
    Unfortunately yesterday we had 300 cases and are nowhere close to 50 a day.

    Now of course it did help to an extent. Cases have reduced from about 1000+ to 250 - 300 ish. But we have to consider the social and economic impact on society as well.

    Based on what we’ve seen, if we return to level 5 in January, what evidence is there to suggest it will even work?

    If we do rise to 1000+ cases a day in Jan, how many months of level 5 would be needed to get back towards 0, which seems to be our goal. Would it even be sustainable?

    Do you think cases will remain lower with more social outlets open and more controlled environments?

    If months of level 5 is the only solution until everybody is vaccinated, I think we are f*cked.
    I predict there will be huge backlash against lockdowns next year.

    Thoughts?


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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,773 ✭✭✭ LorenzoB


    Well yes, if the level 5 is half arsed. Schools open? Not L5.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,812 ✭✭✭ antimatterx


    Eh what? It literally reduced the number of daily cases. If it does go back to growing at the rate prior to lockdown, it's now growing from a much smaller base.


  • Registered Users Posts: 12,531 ✭✭✭✭ average_runner


    The goal of the level 5 lockdown was to reduce the cases to about 50 per day so we could reopen.
    Unfortunately yesterday we had 300 cases and are nowhere close to 50 a day.

    Now of course it did help to an extent. Cases have reduced from about 1000+ to 250 - 300 ish. But we have to consider the social and economic impact on society as well.

    Based on what we’ve seen, if we return to level 5 in January, what evidence is there to suggest it will even work?

    If we do rise to 1000+ cases a day in Jan, how many months of level 5 would be needed to get back towards 0, which seems to be our goal. Would it even be sustainable?

    Do you think cases will remain lower with more social outlets open and more controlled environments?

    If months of level 5 is the only solution until everybody is vaccinated, I think we are f*cked.
    I predict there will be huge backlash against lockdowns next year.

    Thoughts?




    If we don't do lockdown and the virus gets out of control, where do we draw the line?



    We opened things up and people took the piss, ie GAA clubs for example.


    Its all about attitude, if we have the correct attitude we can open up


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,282 ✭✭✭ scheister


    The goal of the level 5 lockdown was to reduce the cases to about 50 per day so we could reopen.
    Unfortunately yesterday we had 300 cases and are nowhere close to 50 a day.

    Now of course it did help to an extent. Cases have reduced from about 1000+ to 250 - 300 ish. But we have to consider the social and economic impact on society as well.

    Based on what we’ve seen, if we return to level 5 in January, what evidence is there to suggest it will even work?

    If we do rise to 1000+ cases a day in Jan, how many months of level 5 would be needed to get back towards 0, which seems to be our goal. Would it even be sustainable?

    Do you think cases will remain lower with more social outlets open and more controlled environments?

    If months of level 5 is the only solution until everybody is vaccinated, I think we are f*cked.
    I predict there will be huge backlash against lockdowns next year.

    Thoughts?

    I was making this point last night. We are not near where we wanted to be at this point but are still moving forward as planned. I think we will end up in a yoyo of locksdown for Q1 2021 at least. The messaging out of the government has been half arsed since MM took over. Legislation is being passed then guarda are saying they done have powers to enforce. Will be interesting to see case numbers come new but I think the worst is yet to come


  • Registered Users Posts: 12,531 ✭✭✭✭ average_runner


    LorenzoB wrote: »
    Well yes, if the level 5 is half arsed. Schools open? Not L5.




    Primary schools are not big spreaders. Kids in a school of 600, 6 cases in total and this is Dublin and a location where the virus is higher


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  • Registered Users Posts: 17,886 ✭✭✭✭ Del2005


    No one will follow level 5 in January. Very few followed the last one. I was in a shop on Saturday and very few people were wearing masks correctly and I've heard public transport is the same

    Alll evidence shows that children aren't spreading it. The parents outside the school are a different story and the staggered opening means that some have to wait outside for an hour


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,773 ✭✭✭ LorenzoB


    Primary schools are not big spreaders. Kids in a school of 600, 6 cases in total and this is Dublin and a location where the virus is higher

    That's very selective figures. How many other than the children? In their families etc. What about the school in cork?


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 33 ✭✭✭ didyoufart?


    Never going to completely eliminate the virus.

    Even if we closed the schools as part of level 5 etc. and got down to 50 a day as soon as their back open or we move to level 3 the cases will shoot back up to 1500 or more.


  • Registered Users Posts: 580 ✭✭✭ kaahooters


    The vaccines when they come will do a fair bit to keep infections down easing the need for lockdowns.

    if people will get vaccinated, thats the next issue.


  • Subscribers Posts: 36,053 ✭✭✭✭ sydthebeat


    Eh what? It literally reduced the number of daily cases. If it does go back to growing at the rate prior to lockdown, it's now growing from a much smaller base.

    What do you mean "if"

    It's a cast iron guarantee that cases are going to rise back up again. We will be back to 800+ cases by the first week of January.

    The question is then, what will the HSE have done to prepare for this rise, seeing as they did the total of SFA during the first lock down... Actually lost nurses from the system rather than increasing.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 13,398 ✭✭✭✭ CIARAN_BOYLE


    kaahooters wrote: »
    if people will get vaccinated, thats the next issue.

    Dont worry we probably have a year to vaccinate those willing to take the vaccine before we need to worry about the refusers staying away.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 96 ✭✭ atr2002


    Primary schools are not big spreaders. Kids in a school of 600, 6 cases in total and this is Dublin and a location where the virus is higher

    Adults do a lot more interaction when the schools are open. 35 to 45 yr olds getting infected, the age with small kids in school. See them at the school gates every day, endlessly yapping.


  • Registered Users Posts: 72,121 ✭✭✭✭ Atlantic Dawn


    What I would love to know is say mid 2021 if we get all healthcare workers and vulnerable people vaccinated can we just then return to normal?


  • Registered Users Posts: 46 talulon


    The goal of the level 5 lockdown was to reduce the cases to about 50 per day so we could reopen.
    Unfortunately yesterday we had 300 cases and are nowhere close to 50 a day.

    Now of course it did help to an extent. Cases have reduced from about 1000+ to 250 - 300 ish. But we have to consider the social and economic impact on society as well.

    Based on what we’ve seen, if we return to level 5 in January, what evidence is there to suggest it will even work?

    If we do rise to 1000+ cases a day in Jan, how many months of level 5 would be needed to get back towards 0, which seems to be our goal. Would it even be sustainable?

    Do you think cases will remain lower with more social outlets open and more controlled environments?

    If months of level 5 is the only solution until everybody is vaccinated, I think we are f*cked.
    I predict there will be huge backlash against lockdowns next year.

    Thoughts?

    Well, if you look at the incident rate per 100.000 (which I believe that was the intention, not the total number of cases) it's very close to 50 at the moment.

    https://www.hpsc.ie/a-z/respiratory/coronavirus/novelcoronavirus/casesinireland/epidemiologyofcovid-19inireland/COVID-19%20Daily%20epidemiology%20report%20(NPHET)_20201130_website.pdf


  • Registered Users Posts: 33,897 ✭✭✭✭ Boggles


    Now of course it did help to an extent. Cases have reduced from about 1000+ to 250 - 300 ish. But we have to consider the social and economic impact on society as well.
    Based on what we’ve seen, if we return to level 5 in January, what evidence is there to suggest it will even work?

    :confused:


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,366 ✭✭✭ jacdaniel2014


    What I would love to know is say mid 2021 if we get all healthcare workers and vulnerable people vaccinated can we just then return to normal?

    I hope the answer to this is yes. But I fear otherwise.


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,921 ✭✭✭ Monokne


    I think we should have pre-planned lockdowns going forward, a schedule of sorts. Month at L5, month at L3 type thing. It is going to happen anyway, at least people can plan around it then.


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,366 ✭✭✭ jacdaniel2014


    Boggles wrote: »
    :confused:

    Cases reduced after 6 weeks. And that is also including counties in level 3+ for weeks beforehand. And still far away from the target.

    If level 5 is going to take 3 months to reach its target, then it’s a failed strategy.


  • Registered Users Posts: 33,897 ✭✭✭✭ Boggles


    Cases reduced after 6 weeks. And that is also including counties in level 3+ for weeks beforehand.

    If level 5 is going to take 3 months to reach its target, then it’s a failed strategy.

    You gave evidence of it working and then on the next line asked where is the evidence. Cases reduced faster than 6 weeks.

    AFAIK we are at level 3 hybrid at the moment.


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,012 ✭✭✭ The_Honeybadger


    This lockdown was never going to be as effective as the first one, schools were open and the list of exempt businesses is very different. There are a lot more people out and about and the fear factor is gone, many people are ignoring the rules and socialising in each other’s houses etc. That wasn’t happening back in March / April, or at least not to the same extent. There is also near zero enforcement of travel limits.

    Level 5 sounds severe but the measures are fairly light touch in all honesty.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 4,366 ✭✭✭ jacdaniel2014


    Boggles wrote: »
    You gave evidence of it working and then on the next line asked where is the evidence.

    AFAIK we are at level 3 at the moment.

    It didn’t achieve what it was supposed to though.

    I think we can certainly rule out level 5 as a short circuit breaker.

    Looks like it would take 3 months to do what NPHET want.


  • Registered Users Posts: 33,897 ✭✭✭✭ Boggles


    It didn’t achieve what it was supposed to though.

    30 odd in ICU and 230 in hospital and we are opening the economy for Christmas?

    What were the goals you were looking for?

    That's not too shabby to be fair.

    Italy are back to ICU numbers from March / April and deaths are starting to follow.

    A country on this Island has gone into lock down again.

    Where would you prefer to be heading into the festive season?


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,423 ✭✭✭ Berties_Horse


    The schools alone condemned Level 5 to failure, people only deluding themselves if they think 600-1000 pupils congregating in the one setting daily wasn't going to have an impact. If you're going to implement the highest level of restrictions, do it properly. And when the unrealistic target of <100 cases per day wasn't achieved, traditional publicans were inevitably going to get it in the neck. Tony Holohan only pouring petrol on the fire, blaming the demon drink as a pledge driver would. One sector sacrificed for another, and unions will always come out on top.


  • Registered Users Posts: 9,815 ✭✭✭ raind


    Cases reduced after 6 weeks. And that is also including counties in level 3+ for weeks beforehand. And still far away from the target.

    If level 5 is going to take 3 months to reach its target, then it’s a failed strategy.

    When take account of the fact the people were not even able to get tests in April, I actually worked at least as effectively as the spring lockdown which took almost 6 weeks to get us below 300 cases at a stage when even close contacts couldn't get tested


  • Registered Users Posts: 9,815 ✭✭✭ raind


    The schools alone condemned Level 5 to failure, people only deluding themselves if they think 600-1000 pupils congregating in the one setting daily wasn't going to have an impact. If you're going to implement the highest level of restrictions, do it properly. And when the unrealistic target of <100 cases per day wasn't achieved, traditional publicans were inevitably going to get it in the neck. Tony Holohan only pouring petrol on the fire, blaming the demon drink as a pledge driver would. One sector sacrificed for another, and unions will always come out on top.

    80% reduction in 6 weeks suggests otherwise


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 33 ✭✭✭ didyoufart?


    Primary schools are not big spreaders. Kids in a school of 600, 6 cases in total and this is Dublin and a location where the virus is higher

    And many people family members did this infect and pass onto work colleagues or other family members.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 96 ✭✭ atr2002


    I was surprised they cited kids mental health as a reason not to close schools.

    If they had of extended the Halloween hols a week either side of the break and the same with Christmas, id wager the numbers would plummet, as looking to my previous post, the age profile getting infected being 35 to 45 being parents of primary school kids


  • Registered Users Posts: 17,911 ✭✭✭✭ _Brian


    The goal of the level 5 lockdown was to reduce the cases to about 50 per day so we could reopen.
    Unfortunately yesterday we had 300 cases and are nowhere close to 50 a day.

    Now of course it did help to an extent. Cases have reduced from about 1000+ to 250 - 300 ish. But we have to consider the social and economic impact on society as well.

    Based on what we’ve seen, if we return to level 5 in January, what evidence is there to suggest it will even work?

    If we do rise to 1000+ cases a day in Jan, how many months of level 5 would be needed to get back towards 0, which seems to be our goal. Would it even be sustainable?

    Do you think cases will remain lower with more social outlets open and more controlled environments?

    If months of level 5 is the only solution until everybody is vaccinated, I think we are f*cked.
    I predict there will be huge backlash against lockdowns next year.

    Thoughts?

    We are by far the lowest covid figures across Europe. I’d say that’s a resounding success.
    Yea, NEPHET had hoped the figures would have been lower but remember the government watered down their recommendations for political reasons.

    It did a good job, we need to minimise the spread now.

    General feeling is we will be straight back into a L5 on 6th Jan.

    Countries round the world that were being held up as shining examples of what we could be doing are now implementing similar lockdowns to ours now.


  • Registered Users Posts: 46 talulon


    The schools alone condemned Level 5 to failure, people only deluding themselves if they think 600-1000 pupils congregating in the one setting daily wasn't going to have an impact. If you're going to implement the highest level of restrictions, do it properly. And when the unrealistic target of <100 cases per day wasn't achieved, traditional publicans were inevitably going to get it in the neck. Tony Holohan only pouring petrol on the fire, blaming the demon drink as a pledge driver would. One sector sacrificed for another, and unions will always come out on top.

    Only 6.31% of the cases come from those kids in school, if you are going to post random data at least spend some time educating yourself.

    https://www.hpsc.ie/a-z/respiratory/coronavirus/novelcoronavirus/casesinireland/epidemiologyofcovid-19inireland/COVID-19%20Daily%20epidemiology%20report%20(NPHET)_20201130_website.pdf

    Biggest percentage of cases come from people age 15-64.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 5,104 ✭✭✭ prunudo


    Its great that the numbers decreased to the level they did considering what was allowed remain open, that in itself is a success.
    But the level 5 we just exited was a sham. With so many businesses open I don't believe closing the few remaining retail was really worth it when you factor in the cost of pup and lost revenue to amazon and the like.
    House and social gatherings have a far bigger risk to spread than going shopping for clothing items. Now possibly there is spread occuring in the common areas of shopping centres were people congregate but I don't believe the spread in individual shops was worth it.
    While I feel bad for hospitality at least they fell into a pretty broad category where people gather and could cause spread.
    But like I say, I don't see how shopping for a tv is fine but clothes is deemed risky.

    But to answer the original question, did level 5 fail. If the aim was to get to 50 a day then it did fail. Given what remained open and the amount of spread in health care settings, it was probably never attainable, but maybe Nphet knew that all along.


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