The government failed to set up the special hospitals or camps suggested by the medical profession, and the great panic dissipated rapidly after summer 1954.
The most important effect was that the silence was broken—a first BBC radio talk being allowed on 24 May.
If in fact it was the case of Alan Turing that had frightened the Churchill government out of its wits, he also played a posthumous part in the defusing of the taboo.
He also died just before the international situation relaxed a little; at the Geneva conference China agreed to the temporary partition of Vietnam. Meanwhile McCarthy's star fell rapidly after he attacked the US Army and the CIA.
Churchill went to Washington on 24 June and repaired the Anglo-American rift.
British military expenditure rose to a dramatic peak in 1954 but thereafter declined until the mid-1960s.
Everyone but Alan Turing had a reprieve.