British newspapers discussed many issues of concern to the reader from the upcoming US elections and negotiations related to Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union, to the behavioral prevention of Coronavirus infection.
We start with an opinion piece in The Guardian by Jonathan Friedland titled “Do we dare dream about Joe Biden winning? Given all that is at stake, not yet.”
The writer says that a study conducted by the American Psychological Association found that more than two-thirds of American adults describe the current elections as “an important source of stress in their lives.”
The writer believes that there are two types of concerns: First, that the poll by just a few points is not good enough for the Democratic candidate, Joe Biden.
“Voter suppression – the deliberate reduction of turnout in democratic areas, especially among blacks and American minorities – is deeply entrenched. This month saw the first voters queuing up for 11 hours to cast their ballots, which is inevitable when the number of polling stations in black neighborhoods is much lower than White neighborhoods. “
“Millions of Americans vote for Biden by mail. The legal battles over which votes will be accepted could ultimately go to the Supreme Court,” he added.
The second concern is from the memory of 2016, according to the writer. At the Republican convention in Cleveland that year, “I heard Killian Conway expect Trump to do better than expected, because a lot of voters hadn’t really told the pollsters: Trump’s support wasn’t socially acceptable, so people were silent. And he has done since then, it is surely socially unacceptable, at least in some circles, to be a Trump supporter now. So you could lose the polls of shy Republicans, including those who were looking for permission to vote for Trump and found him in his disciplined performance. Relatively speaking in last night’s debate?
However, the writer considers Biden to be so advanced that he wins even if the polls are really bad.
We move to a comment in the Telegraph by Charles Moore entitled, “The prime minister must avoid the Brexit deal, which appears to be successful today but brings failure later.”
Is British public opinion being manipulated by a government that is, in fact, willing to trade off the long-term key issues of principle for small, short-term victories?
The writer believes that the resumed trade negotiations on Brexit are heading towards fish, and thus towards the French.
“Emmanuel Macron is still calling – or rather we have – the problems of support and equal opportunity still exist, and bother the French as well,” he says.
“Where does that leave Boris Johnson? Despite all the anxiety about fish, the hopeful message is: We’re close.”
He considers that, compared to Theresa May’s efforts from 2017 to 2019, Boris Johnson has major advantages: mandate, a large majority in the House of Commons, a unified cabinet on the issue, and officials signed specifically for the mission. On the contrary, Boris is classified in an unrecognized category in this country, as being truly pro-European, but truly anti-European. “
The writer says that the pressing issue on the prime minister lies in the belief that failure to obtain a deal will appear – and may in fact be – a failure of governance.
We conclude with an opinion piece by Anjana Ahuja in the Financial Times titled “Focus on Non-Medical Strategies in the Fight Against COVID.”
“Just as we prefer that our doctors not guess any drug for the Coronavirus, this second wave of the epidemic provides an opportunity to gather evidence about behavioral, environmental and social interventions that provide the greatest gains for the least amount of pain,” the author says.
“We lack evidence of very basic things, such as hand hygiene and wearing masks,” said Susan Michie, a professor of health psychology at University College London.
Mitchie is one of several academics championing a new global collaboration called “PC” – behavioral, environmental, social and systems interventions – that is pushing this science into the spotlight.
Among the subjects targeted for the study are individual behaviors, including social distancing, washing hands and wearing masks. Systems such as traceability and isolation testing, and environmental factors, including indoor ventilation, says the author.
“Masks provide a fascinating case study in the loose manner in which evidence accumulates about non-drug measures. With public health experts initially reluctant to recommend N95 masks due to potential shortages, attention has shifted to simple face coverings,” the author adds.
And the author adds, “behavioral insights are the key to curbing transmission.”