Science & Analysis – BMJ Newsletter

Here's the latest newsletter from the BMJ (British Medical Journal) - it's insightful, as usual, and offers some more scientific and analytical commentary on the Coronavirus situation and other topical medical and health stories. Moving quickly in pandemics Speed is of the essence in responding to the covid-19 pandemic. But in Leicester lockdown has been … Continue reading Science & Analysis – BMJ Newsletter

Eliminate coronavirus with new strategy, say Independent SAGE scientists

The UK government has “given up” on trying to eliminate the coronavirus, says a new report published today by Independent SAGE – an independent group of scientists. They propose a new strategy aimed at the complete elimination of covid-19. It would replace what the report calls the government’s “failing NHS Test and Trace system” with a locally … Continue reading Eliminate coronavirus with new strategy, say Independent SAGE scientists

Science: Royal Society President Endorses Mask Wearing

The Royal Society is a Fellowship of many of the world's most eminent scientists and is the oldest scientific academy in continuous existence and it publishes many insightful articles on matters of science. Here's their latest piece on mask wearing during Coronavirus: Everyone should have a face covering to help tackle the COVID-19 pandemic and … Continue reading Science: Royal Society President Endorses Mask Wearing

Covid-19: Is airborne transmission is being underestimated?

By Owen Dyer for the BMJ Microscopic respiratory droplets generated by talking and breathing can hover in the air for minutes or hours and drift many metres horizontally before infecting people, argue 239 experts from 32 countries, in a commentary published in Clinical Infectious Diseases. “We appeal to the medical community and to the relevant national … Continue reading Covid-19: Is airborne transmission is being underestimated?

Analysis: Hand Hygiene Effectiveness

What is the evidence for the effectiveness of hand hygiene in preventing the transmission of respiratory viruses? This is a research paper prepared for the Government and published on 2 July 2020. Key conclusions (Read the full paper here) 1. There is evidence from randomised controlled trials in community settings (e.g. household, school, University, workplace) … Continue reading Analysis: Hand Hygiene Effectiveness