20201019 The Loneliness of the Long Distance Manager

In parts of Europe, the recent trend is for the previously considered low risk groups of 25-60 (ish) to have seen a significant increase. There is no clear explanation as to why. The generally claimed idea that it’s because they are rebellious, don’t do (anti)social distancing or wear masks, amongst other things, doesn’t really hold water in most areas.

But, if we remove age as an identifier, the bald stats show that, in most places, while infection rates are rising, the proportion that is hospitalised is much lower than in the early stages and the fatality rate is lower still.

This is assumed to be because medics now have far greater experience: to be blunt, they now know what they are dealing with.

That’s not to be under-estimated as infection numbers increase at a startling rate and temporary hospitals that had been mothballed are again prepared for use; and all of this before, in the northern hemisphere, the flu season starts.

Yet the biggest difficulties that are being created are not the virus, per se. They are human problems.