Stabilise Your Socialising


This morning.

Dublin Castle, Dublin 2.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin speaks to reporters as he heads in for a cabinet meeting to discuss new covid restrictions.

He said:

“We had a good presentation from the CMO and his team, and overall in terms of the management of Covid-19 there has been a stabilisation in terms of admissions to hospital and ICU, and there has been some improvement in terms of case numbers and the five-day incidence level.

“I want to thank the people for the degree to which they have moderated behaviour in terms of socialisation.

“On Omicron I think we have to allow the science to inform us in terms of how infectious it is, how virulent it is, and indeed the impact of vaccines on it, so all of that remains to be determined.

It’s all to be assessed yet because when we say stabilisation, it is stabilisation at high levels, and any increase in socialisation over the next while could tip that in a different direction.”


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9 thoughts on “Stabilise Your Socialising

  1. Liam Deliverance

    Are they selling Christmas Tree’s at Dublin Castle now or is this where the TD’s pick up their free one

  2. f_lawless

    The irony of stating “we have to allow the science to inform us” while at the same time spouting some pseudo-scientific mumbo jumbo about alleged levels of socialisation dictating the numbers in hospital and ICU

    1. Cian

      If you understood that Covid is contagious then you would understand that the more people you interact with the higher your risk of catching it is. It is very simple. The more people that catch it, the more people than end up in ICU.

      1. f_lawless

        That highly simplistic narrative, doesn’t reflect real world observations. Over and over again we’ve seen that restrictions imposed by governments are not working to ‘get the virus under control’ as they like to pretend it does. This was evident as far back as summer 2020 when restrictions eased across Europe but it didn’t coincide with a surge in the virus. When Florida ended all its restrictions in Sep 2020, it didn’t coincide with a surge, nor Texas, nor England after ‘Freedom Day’, etc, etc. At this stage, the seasonal characteristic to SARS-Cov-2 is really undeniable (just like the other coronaviruses) yet our government don’t want to really want to draw attention to that.

        “The more people that catch it, the more people that end up in ICU”. That’s a complete over-simplification

        We know that those that who may potentially end up in ICU due to Covid are a very small subset of the population. The vast majority who catch it have mild to no symptoms. If we’re to reach/maintain a herd immunity threshold – ie. keep population levels at a low-level endemic equilibrium – the continued circulation of the virus is how it happens, thereby helping to protect the most vulnerable. That’s how we’ve co-existed with respiratory viruses since the dawn of man.

        It’s a completely self-serving claim of the taoiseach that hospital admissions and ICU are stabilising due to government advice to reduce social contact. By what metric is he deeming this has happened? What about the games in the Aviva? The recent protests on the the streets, etc? If it had suited the preferred narrative, these would have been deemed “super-spreader” events

  3. Kim Cardassian

    Are we still in this together mehole? Asking on behalf of people who’s livelihoods have been ravaged by your government’s incompetence

  4. itsbehindyou

    Panto or Playdate. Panto or Playdate. But not two in the one week.

    Grown men and grown women targeting little children with “punishments” to distract from the utter shambles they have made of the covid response, our health service, civil rights and our economy.

    Is this the “It’s behind you” Covid varient ?

    You only have yourselves to blame if you follow these utter gobshites.

    1. Redundant Proofreaders Society

      A contributor to a radio show today said ‘pantos’ were essential for children’s mental health.

      We beg to differ!

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