It’s Tiers and more Tiers

Last week with all the recent positive vaccine news there was a sense of relief and from some folk a hint that it’s nearly all over. However, although there is most definitely a strong light at the end of the tunnel, there is still a long way to go dealing with this virus.

Explaining the tightened Tier system . . . Tier 1 . . . Tier 2 . . . Tier 3 . . .

Today, following government presentations and briefings it appears that it’s Tier 2 and Tier 3 for most of England. It is only the Isles of Scilly, Cornwall and the Isle of Wight that will be in Tier 1. There are also, we now know, rules for Christmas and all those that are going to do Christmas this year they can go ahead with preparations for their own ‘Covid safe’ arrangements.

What, sorry, you mean you don’t understand. Well, for example take West Suffolk, it has the lowest case rate for over-60s in the whole country, yet will be in Tier 2 with the rest of Suffolk.

Family and friends that know me well, will know I like to root around behind the managed political announcements and simplistic headlines. I am not sure if any news outlet in the UK has uploaded a similarly helpful sequence, but this ‘Aerosol transmission of Covid’ in English published by El País, is fascinating. This is by no means a peer reviewed science paper, but an enlightening visual representation of how this virus spreads so efficiently inside rooms. I thought it was worth sharing before the Christmas get-togethers.

So when travelling during the festive Covid season it’s wear a mask. And, perhaps with visitors inside it might also be wear a mask. And, it should most definitely be all about ventilation.

Note. I would just like to say thank you to Sophie Mitchell Photography, London, (top three images) taken as part of a commission for UCL.

Author: agnesashe

Artisan, blogger and passionate East Anglian working from home.

14 thoughts on “It’s Tiers and more Tiers”

    1. Yes, I thought with your Barcelona connection you might have seen this. I can’t understand why something similar hasn’t been widely available here from the government or at least the BBC News website.

  1. Interesting comments Agnes. We are hearing that the UK is in a surge again. In Melbourne and our state of Victoria we have reached 30 days of 0 cases and deaths, no community transmissions and still careful re-emergence. Masks for all close contacts eg shopping, limited numbers of people everywhere and still 75% of office work is from home. Outdoors is safe indoors is carefully regulated. The Guardian would be your safest news source?

    1. That’s very heartening news from your part of the world. I hope it stays that way until the vaccines arrive. We have a problem here with a small, but extremely loud bunch of malcontents who think personal ‘freedoms’ trumps the Covid restrictions. Of course, most have a limited imagination and believe they are going to live forever. Sadly, it won’t be purely amongst themselves that they spread the virus.

    2. I think there is a lot of surges all over, even here in the USA in many states. But sadly a lot of it is maybe due to not really any strict enforcement on it? Stay safe nonetheless.

      1. Yes, I know that in my town we have two areas which has given rise to a spike in numbers for the whole area. Strangely this mini spike is also in the above 65 age group. 🤦🏻‍♀️

  2. Greetings from across the pond … Yes, I think we will be wearing the face masks for awhile. The vaccine is still new and not much long term is noted about it at this time. But stay safe and here’s hoping for one soon.

    1. And greetings to you too and I agree with your comments. A vaccination programme is the way out of this crisis, but it isn’t going to be a quick fix. I only hope most folk are patient and stick with all the physical precautions until they receive their jab. Keep well, keep your distance and smile behind that mask.

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