İrem GÖL -TDO- Richard Harton, the editor-in-chief of the Lancet, rounded on the politicians and their advisers for failing to act after Chinese researchers gave the warnings about a devastating new virus. He added that a “collective failure” to realise the gravity of the danger caused by the epidemic and enact measures to protect the public will lead to unnecessary deaths.
He criticised the UK government for not following the recommendations of “careful surveillance” of China when the virus started to spread quickly. Initially, scientists advising ministers appeared to believe the coronavirus could be treated like influenza, and that a “controlled epidemic” would generate “herd immunity” that would help protect the most vulnerable against the infection.
However, the government plan shifted drastically on Monday, when Boris Johnson announced that new modelling from Imperial College London showed that strict measures could reduce the number of deaths from predicted 260,000 to 20,000. Without these measures, National Health Service would be overwhelmed not being able to serve the patients in need.