Precious Roy wrote:
Just Another LRC Idiot wrote:
Well, if you let your guard down, the virus wins.
More than this, it is now clear that containment is not a successful strategy. Italy kept many restrictions in place over the summer, but the virus still surged due to family gatherings and young people having parties outside of bars and nightclubs. Germany's substantial testing and tracing infrastructure could not keep up once the numbers started ticking upward. And there is growing evidence that testing and tracing is ineffective as a strategy to suppress an outbreak because it is too slow and does not find a high enough percentage of cases to stop further transmission. Contact tracing and testing can be effective at stopping local outbreaks when numbers are very low in the community. And that is why it is now clear that the only effective strategy is to go for zero. That is what they did in Asia and Oceania and what the Nordics are struggling to do (save and except Sweden).
Well, Czech Republic had a low enough number in the spring for testing & tracing to work. But they blew it. Slovakia was the best performing country in the entire Europe, until they could no longer contain the onslaught from their neighbor. So what did they do? Test every adult under 65 over one weekend.