Nope it's not in Free For All. I wrote this elsewhere and not ashamed of it, so I thought I'd repost here for sensible and polite discussion in the spirit of keeping the forum active. Contrary views are welcome. ============ As a Brit, I follow the UK news more closely than other countries. My take is this. I think the UK Govt initially wanted to go the herd immunity route. Shelter the vulnerable, allow the virus to spread among the healthy (the majority of whom have no symptoms at all, and those that do largely fight it off) until the infection rate (R0 value) is less than 1. Whereupon it eventually dies out and the vulnerable do not need to be sheltered anymore. The UK media got into a frenzy, stirred up hysterical Facebook doom mongers, who created panic among the less well-informed. The UK U turned. In the UK many hospitals are empty, staff are being sent home because there is nothing for them to do. People are at home (the safest place to be statistically), there are next to no traffic accidents, far fewer work related injuries, no sports injuries and people with minor issues are not clogging up ER rooms. The vast feral youth of Inner Cities are not stabbing each other. People with scheduled operations are having them postponed, to allow for the influx that isn't happening. A temporary hospital was built in London with 4,000 beds. With the current numbers at or passing their peak just 16 beds are occupied there. There are other temporary hospitals around the country that are yet to see a single patient. The 'curve' has so far not put the UK overall healthcare capacity under severe pressure. In individual places it has, but across the country as a whole - not at all. Turning to Cancun, we have 200 positive cases and a total of 15 deaths over one month. A similar amount are killed by the cartels in Cancun in a normal week. Probably the same amount die in traffic accidents every 'normal' week. Many more are injured by both and require hospitalization. But there is next to no traffic now and even the cartels seem to have taken some time off. Lives saved ? Meanwhile, we have hundreds of thousands out of work. Receiving nothing or half pay if they are lucky. People who live week to week and, in desperation, may turn to looting or robbery. Little to no Govt support here. A good friend of mine is paying his 150 staff half pay to stay at home and do nothing. His business has zero income yet his salary bill is around $40K USD a month. How long is that sustainable? It's either herd immunity or everyone stay at home and wait for a vaccine that could take a year, by which time the economy has disintegrated. Cancun will not exist as you know it. If the lockdown in the UK lasts for 3 months it is facing the deepest recession since 1709. That is a long time - such a long time the US didn't even exist then. People simply won't obey lockdowns for extended periods of time. We're already seeing rebellions in the US after one month. How will it be if everyone waits at home for a year until a vaccine? Yes, people will die from the virus. They will die either way. Many of those, sadly, would have died from other causes anyway. The death toll may well be greater by dragging things out waiting for a vaccine than it might be getting back to some kind of normality while protecting those who need to be protected. It may take decades to recover economically, all for something that I think may end up being proven as the biggest overreaction ever known.