And when dealing with IEDs were there precise metrics as to when you did one thing versus doing another, or were the leadership expected to exercise their judgement based on the best knowledge and advice available at the time, according to the situation as it evolved?
In a previous post I summarised a public affairs show in Canada where several public health officials said that most of the outbreaks they were actually seeing were mainly due to face to face socialising in unstructured environments, not in work places, schools, restaurants, or pubs who were following the guidelines. When the guidelines are followed they seem to be reasonably effective.
The main problems were large gatherings involving family and friends, such as large parties and weddings where people were not following social distancing guidelines or the limits on the number of people.
As a result in Ontario the numbers of people allowed to gather in a location outside of work, school has recently been reduced to (if I recall correctly) 10 indoors and 25 outdoors.
This sounds very similar to the situation in the UK despite being arrived at independently. It was based on the latest evidence by observation of where outbreaks were actually occurring as seen by the people investigating them.
I offered to post that video here, but there were no takers.
I agree with your latter point.
My former point was as a commander, my principle was mostly greatest good for greatest number - utilitarianism if you will. As opposed to a Kantian approach with categorical imperatives.
Now, if we go down the Kantian approach of it never being acceptable for someone to die from Covid, we can all brick our doors up. No transmission, it would die out in three weeks, along with millions. Or it is the greatest good for the greatest number. So how many people is it acceptable to die for our previous liberty. 20,000 deaths a year from flu previously merited no restriction on liberty. I’m not suggesting we shouldn’t impose restrictions, but asking what are the metrics and science behind it.