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Thread below on released SAGE minutes from Jan-March. Shows that advice was to treat it like flu, unstoppable, & aim to stay within NHS capacity as it spread. Assumed coronavirus could not be contained- by China or any other country.
They completely missed that countries could 'crunch' the curve & buy time for a better solution than mass death.…
Agree with @richardhorton1 that this will go down as the biggest failure in science policy for a generation. SAGE & this govt truly messed up with the result that UK has one of the highest death tolls & many people suffering post-Covid recovery with health problems.
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