Editorial: Why 36,000 readers looked at the Holy Cross Primary and Covid-19 story

Covid-19 / Fri 5th Jun 2020 at 10:20am

ON THURSDAY, YH had 36,551 page views. That is our second busiest day since we started on July 1st, 2013. In case you wondered, our busiest was the day the B and Q lorry smashing into the side of a house.

Nearly everyone was looking at the Holy Cross Primary and Cov-19 incident story.


It is absolutely clear that thousands upon thousands of parents, grandparents, carers and other concerned citizens in Harlow are really worried.

You can give them all the science in the world, you can show them all the safe distancing strategies and you can send reassuring e mails. This whole business has really frightened a lot of Harlow parents.

If not frightened they are simply going to err on the side of caution.

This editor is a grandfather of four. One is in Year 1 and one is in Year 6. Their mother has done everything by the book. She simply feels that going back now would be too soon and would rather simply get through June, July and August and start afresh in September.

Harlow MP Robert Halfon, in his capacity as a local MP and as chair of the education committee has expressed his concerns regarding vulnerable children missing out but he can have all the arguments in the world. It is clear that tens of thousands of Harlow parents BELIEVE they would be better off and would feel better off, waiting until September.

It is always wise to listen to your readers, to thank them for their feedback so we wug like to think that the power-that-be will listen to the 36,551 readers of YourHarlow who looked in on one story and perhaps why they were doing so.

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3 Comments for Editorial: Why 36,000 readers looked at the Holy Cross Primary and Covid-19 story:

2020-06-05 17:42:44

Great but what happens then in September? The virus will still be with us. We still have measles, we still have chickenpox and we still have flu. They all have vaccines and they all still lead to deaths each year. The relative risk is lower now because of the weather conditions and the build up of people’s immune system. To delay all distancing in schools is kicking the problem down the road when it’ll be bigger because it’s all been clumped together at once. This is exactly the opposite of what the NHS needs. Especially in the build up to winter with other diseases causing pressure. All this was to ensure the NHS could cope. Sending children back at the exact same time just let’s it all loose again rather than managing it out. So I’m not sure this article is really responsible reporting and contains a lot of personal bias not based on any facts which could favour a more damaging strategy.

2020-06-06 08:36:16

The comment above comes from someone who seems to have appointed themselves apologist-in-chief for this government, whose only world-beating feat is to achieve the second highest death count and the highest per million death rate in the outbreak. Maybe the writer of the editorial *does* have a personal stake in the matter but, of course, we *all* do. The rush to lift the lockdown, the abandonment of any pretence at 'following the science' puts children, school staff and the wider community at huge risk of more deaths in a second spike. Ask yourself the question - are Eton and Harrow going back this week or anytime soon? Of course not! I hope those responsible for this renewed and deadly 'herd-immunity' policy in the government will stand trial when this is all over. Thank God that locally there is the excellent Harlow Coronavirus People Before Profit Action Group ( you can find them on Facebook and Twitter) , who have pulled out all the stops to campaign against this madness.

2020-06-06 09:37:04

Land mass\Deaths is key. Too many people in England.

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