Lockdown may be needlessly prolonged by the Government’s reliance on an “irrelevant” infection rate measure, senior MPs and scientists have warned.
Ministers have been told the national reproductive ‘R’ value of coronavirus should not be regarded as the key to unlocking the UK because the figure has been skewed upwards by cases in hospitals and care homes.
It’s not going to be true over all time, for if it were then we’d never have had an epidemic.
But wouldn’t it be annoying if R has been below 1 near all along? So that, say, after that first intrusion, then people start washing their hands, sneezing into their elbows, that’s all it took to get it below 1?