‘Living with Covid’ probably means dying sooner of something else

This was an interesting tweet from a Dr Kelly from the University of Queensland and summarises what most of us who are not health professionals (or at least me) have never thought of: So the government suggestion of living with Covid from now on is possible only if you revise your health provision to include… Read more

The inside of an Ocado warehouse might be more important than that space race…

Following the fire at Ocado’s Erith warehouse (the second fire that they have had) which was this time caused by three picking ‘robots’ colliding, whereas the first, in their Andover warehouse seems to have been caused by an electrical fault. Their Andover location was completely destroyed in spite of having sprinklers (although the friend of… Read more

Confuse the message, stay vague and blame the public

So Health Secretary, Sajid Javid was ‘feeling groggy’ and nonetheless, in fact, opted for the wrong Covid test. I feel tempted to ask whether these people have any advisors – I’m sure they do – but we know there exists throughout the cabinet a certain distrust of experts. It shows. Then Rishi Sunak and Boris… Read more

The NHS is unsafe in Conservative hands

This is the Coventry South MP, Zarah Sultana’s withering take: We might care to think too that since the Conservatives have come to power – and prior to Covid there are/were: 100,000 fewer doctors & nurses 17,000 fewer hospital beds 100 fewer A&E facilities Hospital waiting lists have doubled. That is a litany of the… Read more

Mask wearing decisions…

Ahead of this afternoon’s trailed government announcement, there is a very good (and long!) thread by the Professor of Primary Care at Oxford, Trish Greenhalgh, on mask wearing here. To briefly and imperfectly summarise – there are very few reliable tests on maskwearing because they are virtually impossible to organise but such studies as there… Read more