Originally Posted by Mwengwe
This isn't technically a question and feel free to delete it but i've been reading his answers and I think this is going way, way over the line between informing people/impressing on them the gravity of the situation and just plain terrifying people into paralysis. I've read some bleak articles over the past few weeks but the thread of answers by this guy leaves me feeling completely, utterly hopeless. There's got to be a better way to inform.
Have to disagree
Pop over to the main thread and you will find stories of people packing beaches, parks, ice cream vendors, coffee shops packed, SuperMacs jammed, teenage groups rambling around aimlessly, queues outside chip shops, retail parks jammed with shoppers .... people simply aren’t getting the seriousness of the message ..... over in the UK the same and Boris threatening stronger measures
We all watched the scenes coming from China since December but somehow taught we would be immune
We have a HSE who appointed a CEO whose clear remit was to get the budget under control and consequently we are left with a woefully unprepared HSE .....scrambling to buy essential PPE but all the time time reassuring us through an unquestioning media that our health service is ready. We have a CMO dithering on postponing Parades, closing Schools, airflights from Italy,Cheltenham, and then we have a Government happy to defer any big decision to the CMO. Remember this is the same CMO who advised Government on the cervical smear cover up
Against this backdrop we have somebody trying to get us to prepare, someone who knows what it’s like to work in the Irish health service who knows how the HSE works. Someone who knows we don’t have the necessary resources or staff to cope with the oncoming crisis heck our health service virtually grinds to a halt every winter with a normal flu outbreak! How was it going to cope with this?
The HSE tells us they have plenty of PPE but nobody asks why so many health care staff have contracted Covid 19 then ( yes some were travel related). The CMO knows from the outset that they do not have enough test kits so only tests people with symptoms or the ones that arrive at hospital Emergency Departments with symptoms. Privacy card played by CMO but yet nobody was asking for names just locations we the Irish public couldn’t be trusted with this information. So communities left to panic and the Internet and social media became the only place to try and decipher what was going on. HSE despatched to visit area in Galway and told Community they would write to everyone !!....that really reassured everyone go home and wait for a letter to drop through your letterbox telling you what to do Maybe they didn’t see the memo that time is of the essence
The Government Ministers happily refer to Singapore as the best case model to follow but no journalist is able to ask them why not follow the model properly. Test test test
With contact tracing utilising mobile phone data and total transparency about identified cases locations they had been etc so people could check themselves and identify if they could of come in contact and to be on the lookout at least for symptoms
So everything left to contact tracing how effective was that? RTE had an expert willing to elaborate on that but choose to not follow his line of taught
Airports: seaports no point in screening new arrivals from flights coming from affected areas or advising the public that it mightn’t be the best idea to go Italy. Minister Harris tweets that Rugby Match versus Italy should be postponed but no attempt to prevent the Italian fans coming anyways
We have the case of the Doctor in Waterford returning to work too early
Nursing homes acted to protect their patients and prevented visitors cue calls to Joe Duffy and next the CMO admonishes the Nursing Homes for acting in the best interests of their patients and says for Nursing home patients social well being to allow visitors. At least Paul Reid had the gumption to allow individual hospitals their own autonomy in this regard. Will a journalist ask the CMO if any of the Nursing Home residents who tested positive are in ICU?
Then we have Cheltenham
Need I go on.... with the closing of schools, working from home, ban on mass gatherings and social we had at least some hope but of course the pubs paid no attention and continued on regardless Finally Minister Harris showed some backbone
I have to disagree AMA has informed us and a lot of us feel his despair reading about how the Irish public is treating social distancing We have Italian Doctors screaming at us to act now We have seen the Army trucks ferrying the bodies and yet somehow a percentage of the population seems to think we are immune
How else do you propose we get the message across?