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Why following R value in Covid is nonsense


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So R value relates to a known population size, and so current human world population is 7.2 Billion BUT

https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202012/15/P2020121500666.htm

https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg24833083-900-animals-infected-with-covid-19-could-undo-efforts-to-stop-the-pandemic/

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/animals.html

it appears Sars CoV2 (Covid) is a pathogen easily spread between most mammals......now let me think, what the total world population of mammals?...impossible a) to estimate, and b) to vaccinate....and we hear our politicians stating 'We will beat this virus'...How?...a reintroduction of foxhunting but to include all mammals?

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Pretty much every statement on disease epidemiology keep on saying that we're going to have to live with covid.

But they keep on saying that we have to eliminate it.

This doesn't make any sense.  According to their own expertise the right approach would be to protect the vulnerable and let everyone else just get it.  

If they did that now it would be gone by Easter in the healthy population, and the vulnerable could then be let out, with precautions (and vaccines).

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38 minutes ago, AlfredTheLittle said:

Or just ignore it like we do flu, most people wouldn't have even noticed it if it wasn't being obsessed over endlessly.

This is what people don't seem to understand. We have instituted totalitarian rules beyond the wildest dreams of Stalin or Mao simply because of a 'glass half empty' approach to epidemiological statistics. By this rationale, there can never be an end to lockdowns, mask wearing, social distancing etc.

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15 hours ago, AlfredTheLittle said:

Or just ignore it like we do flu, most people wouldn't have even noticed it if it wasn't being obsessed over endlessly.

Yes, the problem is the media. Try the BBC Website. Remove the obsessive non news, but which I mean 1) the damned virus, 2) global warming, 3) fake racism 4) speculative articles pretending to be news, 5) celebrity gossip

All that's left is the markets, sports results and weather.

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