A “significant surge” in cases is expected in the UK but it is too early to say whether that might mean the relaxation of restrictions needs to be rolled back, a leading expert has said.
Professor Neil Ferguson, whose modelling was instrumental to the UK going into lockdown in March 2020, said if daily cases start going above 100,000 to 150,000 there will be “significant demands on the health system”.
The scientist, from Imperial College London, and a member of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage), said it will be for the Government to decide on potential measures and would not be drawn on what form they might take.
Speaking to reporters during a webinar on Thursday, he said there are concerns about the effect schools reopening could have on virus spread, especially with the more transmissible and now-dominant Delta variant.
Right Said Fred
As the surge is expected anti-vaxxers and ageing pop stars Right Said Fred commented on a Sky News tweet which said: “Adults who are fully vaccinated are 47% less likely to have long COVID should they contract #COVID19, a new study says.”
Well in a since-deleted tweet they got their maths wrong, very wrong.
Well that type of calculation was never going to be allowed to slide on social media was it?
Wrong Said Fred ? https://t.co/Ps3YLAWt9r— Tim Burgess (@Tim_Burgess) September 2, 2021
Jesus, you can’t even understand simple statistics?♂️— NewsMuse (@NewsMuse1) September 2, 2021
Project Fear is alive and well.
Holy fuck this might be the most stupid thing I’ve seen on this site, and that’s saying something. https://t.co/ty6wyP947K— Grundy (@GrundyOxford) September 2, 2021
Tell me you don’t understand math without telling me you don’t understand math https://t.co/1OXVFfkSlB— Valter Skarsgård (@ValterSkarsgard) September 2, 2021
The thing about that Right Said Fred tweet is that we’re constantly told we can’t call people stupid, even when the evidence is so, so, so compelling.— Prof Paul Bernal (@PaulbernalUK) September 2, 2021
So if you’re 47 percent too sexy for your shirt, does that mean you are or you aren’t? https://t.co/o4MIHTWsKH— Hugo Rifkind (@hugorifkind) September 2, 2021
Deeply Dippy about the way you count. pic.twitter.com/dGTK6amjox— Super Tanskiii (@supertanskiii) September 2, 2021
100% more likely than the words ‘sold out’ appearing under a Right Said Fred concert poster.— Ed Parnell (@edparnell) September 2, 2021
Look a lot of people are saying a lot of things about Right Said Fred, but why is no one is talking about how their profile picture looks like the Mitchell Brothers murdered Pat Butcher and started wearing her clothes. pic.twitter.com/uaCn4gUKeF— Matthew Highton (@MattHighton) September 2, 2021
If a bulletproof vest reduces my risk of dying when shot by 80%, does that mean I’m 20% more likely to die if shot when wearing it?— James Hignett (@H1ggy) September 2, 2021
Do you think that wearing a seat belt increases the risk of death by 55%? pic.twitter.com/pkvmUmVQHs— Cody Johnston (@drmistercody) September 2, 2021
I’ve fixed that for you. You’re welcome. pic.twitter.com/whGh8T7ecg— Nick Harvey (@mrnickharvey) September 2, 2021
“I’m too stupid for my maths…”— CaptainFlack (@RichG3230) September 2, 2021
‘Alternative Maths’ ?— Dan Guy (@ThisIsDanGuy) September 2, 2021
RSF have sold 95% less records since the 90s— Captain Cabinet (@captaincabinet6) September 2, 2021
You: “so you’re saying we’ve sold 5% more?”
Wrong Said Maths pic.twitter.com/npbRSV9Vg5— James Felton (@JimMFelton) September 2, 2021
You’re 47% less likely to die in a car crash if you wear a sealtbelt. So you’re 53% more likely to die in a car crash if you wear a seatbelt. ? https://t.co/7UhenzcEyz— Gary Lineker ? (@GaryLineker) September 2, 2021
Ahh but was the joke on us?
They deleted the original tweet and then put this up…
Yeh as you might have guessed nobody was buying this ‘joke on you’ schtick.
Can you explain the joke? I may be stupid but I don’t get it.— Otto English (@Otto_English) September 2, 2021
No you weren’t.— Andy Grayson (@AndyGrays0n) September 2, 2021
Sure sure ??♀️ pic.twitter.com/xDNh9jGnLJ— Dr Anushka Aubeelack? (@bumblebeenush) September 2, 2021