Superspreading is integral to the Coronavirus pandemic, says Quentin Leclerc at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, in an article on the New Scientist website. In one well-studied example, at a choir practice with 61 attendees that took place one evening in March, in Skagit County, Washington State, one person infected an estimated … Continue reading Science & Analysis: Superspreading
The BMJ is a reliable independent source of news and analysis of health issues - here's their latest weekly round-up of the top items on their website: Covid-19: Acts of omission The UK government is becoming known for acts of omission. No evidence exists of Russian interference in the 2016 Brexit referendum because the government … Continue reading Science & Analysis: BMJ’s weekly round up
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
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
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
The New Scientist website has an interesting article that looks at a question that's on the minds of many people in the Uk, namely, will there be a second wave of Covid-19 infections, or will the downward trend continue? Since May 11, there has been a steady relaxing of lockdown restrictions but, as yet, no … Continue reading UK Coronavirus – Why No Second Wave?
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?
The BMJ publish a weekly Newsletter which has a huge range of medical news, articles and features - see below for the latest edition (6/7/2020). Getting it right in the pandemic The pandemic is far from over, but it’s already obvious some countries have done better than others. Germany is one, with fewer infections and … Continue reading BMJ Weekly Newsletter
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
The British Medical Journal (BMJ) is now a global company, sharing medical information and knowledge, much of it free access - here's their latest newsletter, which contains some excellent analysis of the Coronavirus pandemic. Covid 19: Where’s the strategy for testing? It would be nice to be able to say otherwise, but the UK’s approach … Continue reading Read Latest BMJ Newsletter