Everybody has been wrong in pandemic - let's hope it is Nphet's turn with the Delta variant

Caveat: Hospitality industry foots bill as we wait and see what happens with Delta

Outdoor dining in Dublin this week. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Outdoor dining in Dublin this week. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Everybody has been wrong in this pandemic. With its modelling of the Delta variant and its judgment to pause reopening, let us hope this is the turn of the National Public Health Emergency Team (Nphet) to be wrong again. If its dire models are right, an economic and social catastrophe is on the way.

Nobody is right all the time. Nphet was wrong on its resistance to face masks early in the crisis. It was also wrong when it initially told nursing homes on March 10th, 2020, to lift a visitation ban. Meanwhile, the Health Service Executive was wrong to dismantle the contact-tracing system and leach resources from public-health teams during 2020’s summer lull.

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