The coronavirus lockdown, we’re being told, has become the new normal as we try to overcome the Covid pandemic.
We are all getting used to elements of control in and of our lives that just a few weeks ago were being routinely described in astonished terms as “unprecedented”.
Unprecedented they are to the post WW2 generations – but as the weeks grind on, astonishment has given way to a grim fatalism, and willingness to see this through.
And it appears to be working – hospital admissions in Scotland are falling. Hopefully the terrible death toll will begin to drop as well.
There has been much discussion recently about when – and how – we will come out of lockdown. That might seem premature as we are only part of the way through this journey, but looking ahead is inevitable.
And so is looking back. The period from late February till around the middle of March seems light years away. Those were days when we still went to pubs and football matches and other sporting events in our tens of thousands.
There were warnings then – plenty of them, especially from Covid-ravaged Italy – that we were being led blindly into disaster.
We were warned that those days when we appeared to do nothing despite the mounting threat could lead to tens of thousands of deaths. Time will tell who called this right – but there could be a hefty price to pay for fatal inaction.
So that’s why we are asking: should we have locked down sooner?
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Covid-19: should we have locked down sooner?