All posts tagged: Second wave

Interesting stats from France’s second COVID wave

When we look at what is happening in France, there are a couple of interesting things happening regarding the second wave of the Coronavirus. If we take a look at the charts provided by World O Meter, there has been a huge spike in cases of COVID in France, even exceeding the first wave. Now there could be a couple of reasons for this. First a second wave was expected as people left the lockdown and became exposed to the virus. Secondly, there is also more testing. They are finding people with COVID who weren’t sick enough to see a doctor. These people weren’t being tested in the first wave, but are being tested now. We know that 80% of the people who come down with the virus show little or no symptoms. Though there has been a huge spike in new cases, the number of deaths from COVID during the second wave has not kept pace, so far anyway. It is not even close compared to the first round. There could be several reasons …

Meanwhile, in Sweden

Britain, like most countries, implemented a nation-wide lockdown in an effort to stop people from catching COVID. However, Britain is now bracing for its second COVID wave as new cases surge among people who didn’t catch the virus the first time because of the first lockdown. As a result, Britain is introducing a second lock down. In addition to a 10 pm curfew, Britain is introducing a rule of six. The Daily Mail explains: NEW LOCKDOWN RULES FOR ENGLAND FROM MONDAY  * Max social gatherings SIX PEOPLE * Applies indoors and outdoors * Applies in private homes * Applies in pubs and restaurants * Does NOT apply to schools or workplaces * Does NOT apply to weddings, funerals, team sport * Does NOT apply if household bubbles are bigger than six people * Police will be encouraged to break up larger groups and issue £100 fines, which will then double on each repeat offence up to £3,200 And oh yeah, government officials are threatening more severe restrictions if people don’t obey these. READ: ‘We expect …

A COVID tale of two nations: Sweden vs Germany

You may not have noticed, but the mainstream media isn’t talking about Sweden much anymore. This is quite a contrast from a few weeks ago, when the country was the favourite whipping boy because it didn’t employ a lockdown in its fight against COVID-19. The Daily Mail writes: Sweden became a closely-watched outlier in the spring after refusing to go into lockdown, with shops and restaurants staying open throughout the crisis.  Large gatherings were banned along with visits to nursing homes, but primary schools stayed open even in hard-hit Stockholm.  Citizens have largely complied with social distancing recommendations and the government says that its softer measures will be easier to maintain long-term.  On Monday, Sweden announced just 398 new cases over the weekend, down from 767 the week before and 2,530 only a month ago.  In fact, Swedish authorities are telling people not to wear masks, even on public transit. Sweden employed a herd immunity approach to the virus, meaning the best way to fight Covid was by letting people get it and build up …