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Isolation won’t drive us mad, uncertainty will. And a viral ex-shelf packer

Some countries argue against drastic action to fight the virus, while others want it. So who on Earth is right?

Michael Deacon

Here’s the most unsettling thing about all this. It’s not the prospect of self-isolation. I’m fine with that. I’ve got my loo rolls, I’ve got my baked beans, and I’ve got my three-volume edition of the Miss Marple Omnibus. Lock me away for the rest of the year. I’m ready.

It’s not the constant frantic scrubbing of my hands, either. I’m happy to put up with that, even though it’s brought back my eczema with a furious vengeance. My hands are now red, scaly and oddly claw-like. I look like a sunburnt iguana. No, I’ll tell you what gets me about this whole crisis. It’s the not knowing. The sheer uncertainty.

Normally I would tell myself just to trust in the experts. The trouble in this case is that the experts don’t agree. The British government’s experts are arguing against drastic action, while lots of other countries’ experts are arguing for drastic action. And I’ve got absolutely no way of telling which experts are right. If any...

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