Aulder Than The Internet This Radge
- Nov 11, 2007
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Deaths obviously matter.Case numbers in absolute terms are irrelevant, Jack. They're meaningless -- nothing but a headline.
What matters is relative severity; i.e. hospitalisations and deaths per million.
The number of cases is far from meaningless though. Higher numbers of cases even with the omicron severely affecting a smaller percentage of people will still filter through to the NHS in big numbers.
What if we ignore the case numbers and allow society to grind to a halt due to staff absences?
Among others making the news, the NHS creaking at the seams (in England 15 trusts have declared a critical incident while 17 hospitals in other areas are providing a restricted service) because of staff shortages, rail and ferry travel in Scotland on a restricted timetables, Lothian Busses on a Saturday service until near the end of January.
Of course that's only the public services that are making the news, it would be naive to think all businesses aren't under the same pressures with staff off sick or isolating.
And worsest of all my local was shut the other day