Learning Lessons On The Use Of Models During COVID19

Greg Clark is the Chair of the Science and Technology Committee which has, along with the Health and Social Care Committee, been hearing oral evidence in their joint inquiry into lessons to be learned from the response to the coronavirus pandemic.

He made the following observation during one of his questions yesterday to Matt Hancock, the UK Secretary of State for Health and Social Care:

[…]It seems to me that everyone—certainly most people in the system—got bogged down in the modelling and the complexity, and did not step back to see the crude maths of it, if you like […]

Full transcript here.

Compare and Contrast: Boil-Water Advisory Edition

About 390,000 Texans are still under boil water advisories from the winter storm (March 2nd, 2021)

About 390,000 Texas residents were still under boil water advisories as of midday Monday, almost two weeks after a winter storm slammed large swaths of the South.

The Texas Commission of Environmental Quality (TCEQ) website shows there are 399 active boil water notices in effect on Monday, while 1,780 notices have already been lifted.

Members of Neskantaga come home today to boil water advisory (Dec 18, 2020)

After two months of living in hotel rooms, members of a remote First Nation will begin returning home today to clean tap water for the first time in 25 years.

But the community’s public health officer says the boil-water advisory, which has been in place since 1995, will remain in place because of lingering problems with the water plant’s performance — problems the community warns could grow worse without more help from the federal government.

Neskantaga, a Northern Ontario community of about 300 people, has been under a boil-water advisory for longer than any other First Nation in Canada.

Also, for your consideration, this passage from the article about Texas:

Pastor Marilyn Davis spent her Sunday picking up cases of water at the Mesquite Police Department to deliver to members. “It’s been very, very hard,” Davis told the affiliate.

“I live in an apartment complex and when we didn’t have any water it was very difficult for us to make it. So many people in one place.”

Now that she has her water back, she wants to make sure other people have what they need. [emphasis added]