The ominous surge of a second covid wave worldwide
Fatigue with social distancing is the culprit but laxity after news arrives of a vaccine might yet prove worse
Managing covid has often seemed such an insurmountable public health challenge that government pronouncements sometimes sound like an election manifesto. In March, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was pledging to stick with the science; in the past few weeks, he has been ignoring calls for a 14-day lockdown from his top scientists, who believe the country needs a “circuit-breaker" so that hospitals are not overwhelmed. In India, various observations have had an air of omniscience. In mid-September, Indian Council of Medical Research director general Balram Bhargava said, “We distributed the curve in a way that… we didn’t have a huge peak at all." This may have been intended to inspire confidence, but sounded more like over-confidence.