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What if the experts were wrong really wrong? : Comments

By David Pellowe, published 21/4/2020

In 2001 Professor Neil Ferguson, professor of mathematical biology and director of the MRC Centre for Global Infectious Disease Analysis at Imperial College London, predicted up to 150,000 could die in the UK.alone from mad cow disease.

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Models. Models. Models. People should have learnt from the climate model nonsense. But no: goldfish memories are the order of the day in good old Oz.
Posted by ttbn, Tuesday, 21 April 2020 9:42:10 AM
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What if they were really-really right? And how dare you presume your own life is worth more than those older medicos, who died treating presumptuous, pompous, VIP, postulators like yourself?

One thinks, you believe, we should have just let it rip? If only to prove Professor whoopsie correct? What then? And as our ICU's were overwhelmed and medicos started to drop like flies? What then genius?

With a virus like the common cold, we none of us ever develop immunity, that then as viruses do, goes on to mutate into a vastly more virulent strain that hits a new younger cohort? Given acquired immunity may peter out in 6-7 months time?

What if it became a new wave and surging as never before throughout the community?

There's a lot of unknown unknowns and what-ifs here, to be as (I'm ok Jack) caviler with other folk's lives as you seem to be?

That said, I now believe this virus was developed in a lab and designed to eliminate an older and immunity compromised cohort in an ageing China. And possibly a genetically engineered coronavirus, common cold, with some elements, smallpox and say black water fever proteins, attached to it?

And we'd have been none the wiser, except one or two Asmpyomatic carriers went aboard to the world and started this highly contagious pandemic!? Remember, just one single Chinese tourist, started the Italian pandemic!

We can thank God and the experts that we here got off as lightly as we seem to have? Even if our presumably conflicted pollies were a little slow out of the box? Then realised, hat they, mostly representing an older cohort, were in the front line!

And suddenly no expense or effort was spared? Sorry if that sounds cynical or shines a spotlight on our political class that's less than complimentary.

Y'll have a nice day now, y'hear.
Alan B.
Posted by Alan B., Tuesday, 21 April 2020 9:59:52 AM
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Alan B.,
You misunderstand the situation with the common cold. There are about a hundred different strains of it, and we never get the same one twice. And there are just as many similar conditions (such as seal flu) which are usually mistaken for the common cold.
Posted by Aidan, Tuesday, 21 April 2020 10:29:17 AM
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So we now know that the author of this essay is ALLWAYS right huh?
Posted by ateday, Tuesday, 21 April 2020 10:48:25 AM
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ALWAYS, not ALLWAYS..........maybe both
Posted by ateday, Tuesday, 21 April 2020 10:49:24 AM
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Adian: Did I mention a particular strain? Genius.
Alan B.
Posted by Alan B., Tuesday, 21 April 2020 10:55:13 AM
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