Oldjohnw wrote:Something is spreading this damned plague.
Going the on the age brackets breakdown on the government dashboard the bulk of the spread on the run up to christmas was children (in, or perhaps on the way to and from, schools) followed by their parents, a substantial portion (by most estimates a considerably majority even) of whom are likely in jobs that cannot be done from home.
I'm sure the minority of troublemakers were contributing their own fair share, but they are ultimately a minority.
Also on the war thing, I think you've perhaps missed the most significant factor which was the far more obviously visual danger of not following the rules.
It's well established from other matters (eg the persistent acceptance of road deaths vs the extensive coverage of and efforts to avoid a train/plane crash) that humans are rubbish at assessing risks well and will relatively overreact to large, dramatic & infrequent danger but underreact to ongoing less dramatic danger even if the overall chance of harm from those things is equal.