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Debate and data sorely lacking in this crisis

Dear Sir,

Am I the only person who is seriously concerned by the lack of meaningful debate and meaningful data surrounding Covid-19 management in Bermuda?

The Premier says, to paraphrase: “Do what I tell you, or else” and “You should be afraid because I say so”.

He says: “I have seen the models.” Has he? Then where are they?

We get spoon-fed a couple of meaningless, out-of-context numbers but zero actual data to support a regime that has removed the freedoms of an entire nation.

We are being treated like brainless sheep, and we're lapping it up.

Elsewhere, populations are demanding answers to difficult questions from their leaders. Through the media, questions concerning the impacts of isolation on mental health, on child abuse, on domestic abuse, on suicide rates, on the economy, etc, are being asked and answered.

But here? It is clear that our policy is out-and-out suppression at all costs. Is it the right strategy? Maybe, but until I see a reasoned argument with supporting, comparative statistics to prove it, I will remain unconvinced.

Is any thought being given to long-term or even medium-term management of this disease? What are the plans under various scenarios? Their pros and cons?

What are opinions, for example, on the new evidence from Germany, whose aggressive testing suggests that 15 per cent of cases are asymptomatic and that herd immunity is being developed quicker than previously anticipated?

As far as I can tell, everybody here has their heads buried firmly in the sand. Oh, wait ... we're not allowed on the beaches ... or into the parks ... or on the Railway Trail.

We can't go for a swim in the sea because, well ... it must be better for us all to walk along the same road, right?



Where are the models: David Burt, the Premier (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

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Published April 20, 2020 at 9:00 am (Updated April 20, 2020 at 10:33 am)

Debate and data sorely lacking in this crisis

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