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#Scabies alert - delighted to see guidance for institutional outbreaks finally published. It's not just #carehomes now of course. Thanks to fabulous @MedVetAcarology @michaelghead for keeping the faith! @UKHSA. Background below urldefense.com/v3/__https://w…$
Better link, sorry gov.uk/government/pub…
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/2 In the short term, we’ve got to go through probably a very serious #economiccrisis. I’ve felt for some time that we’re bound to have a very severe #recession. And if we’re not careful, it’s going to be combined with very bad #inflation, which does social, as well as economic
/3 damage. Brace yourself for it, but living standards generally are going to fall for the first time for a long time, and the main short-term measures should be to protect the very #poor, very #vulnerable and stop us seeing any increase in number of people becoming destitute
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Pecksniff's diary: East Anglian Bylines
"One of the most tedious chores of the week for Pecksniff has been the posturings of #LizTruss. But as prime minister her delusion is likely to increase dramatically. For the sake of your correspondent’s sanity, /1
/2 Pecksniff has decided to report [Truss'] doings mostly not on the Westminster stage but closer to home, in South West #Norfolk among her voters.
/3 So you will thrill to the political dramas enveloping #Swaffham, #Thetford, #DownhamMarket, #BloNorton and #ThreeHoles. (It’s true, my dears, honest. Google is even kind enough to give guidance on ‘Best things to do and days out in Three Holes’.)
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Some further slides from today’s #bgsconf, this time on Pharmacy support to care homes.

Spoiler: it is a bit variable! ImageImageImageImage
It’s particularly variable how many care homes each Pharmacy team is supporting…

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So what are the roles undertaken by Pharmacy teams in #CareHomes?

Lots of different things!

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On @JeremyVineOn5 in spring 2020 I warned that the elderly were being taken back to care homes with covid symptoms. I was told by iain dale that I should be "ashamed of myself" for saying that.
@theJeremyVine shook his head and told me witheringly "there is no evidence of that." I was made to feel that I had uttered something despicable. But I had spoken to care home owners, not just read the papers
Everything I ever said on these programmes was to inform and help REAL people in the REAL world. And I was treated like a pariah. It was obvious that the elderly were being neglected. Its vindicating but depressing that this 2 YEAR (!) Judicial review confirms my statement.
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1/2 High rates of reinfection with #COVID19 will require some ongoing and strategic re-thinking of outbreak management, and the meaning of tests.
Thinking about #carehomes this from SAGE SCWG ia a key document and worth a read #COVID19 start with Fig1 page 8 (shockingly, not paginated!) gov.uk/government/pub…
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#ScrapNHSBill
#SupportDoctors
#SupportNHSWorkers
#NHS
#ThankAGP
#NoToPrivatisation
#FBNHS
#boothebill

This video of NHS staff talking about their experience throughout the pandemic is really powerful. Click here to watch it: 38d.gs/nhs-staff-video
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Removal of statutory right to free medical care! Image
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#SwissPolicyResearch (#SPR), founded in 2016, an independent nonprofit research group.
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#Coronavaccines
#CovidVaccines
#mRNAvaccines ⬇️
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#Vaccines:

Successes and Controversies

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A. Documentaries about the success of vaccines

B. Documentaries about #vaccinesafety concerns
#Vaxxed1 #Vaxxed2
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Kerala film director Ali Akbar reveals he was victim of sexual abuse at madrasa. After 40 years he opened his mouth to narrate the horrible abuse he had to suffer at the Madrassa after he confided in one Kerala journalist Rajeena. Both being threatened now.
All this he revealed about five years back and when asked about speaking now, he said because of the fear from his religion, he could not muster courage to speak earlier. He also revealed that many of his friends spoke to him to have suffered similar abuses in Madrasas.
Ali Akbar had spoken all this in a
conversation on @CNNnews18 with Shreya Dondiyal. Here is the story - "Kerala film director Ali Akbar reveals he was victim of sexual abuse at Madrasa, when he was 8 years old in class 4 only.": news18.com/videos/india/k…
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Since 2015, Owen Paterson MP has been a paid consultant to Randox, a diagnostics group
Paterson, MP for North Shropshire, has disclosed that he is paid £8,333 for 16 hrs work as an advisor a month by Randox, totalling more than £500,000
committees.parliament.uk/committee/290/….
#lobbyingscandal
2017
Two employees of Randox Testing Services arrested, with 484 police inquiries based on toxicology results under review
At the time, it raised the possibility that hundreds of people could have been the victims of miscarriages of justice
theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/f…
December 2018
More than 40 drug driving prosecutions quashed over manipulation of data at Randox forensics lab
Police called the scandal the worst evidence breach in “living memory” and fear that the figure could double
archive.md/OSZYH
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🧵WHY AREN’T WE TALKING ABOUT CARE HOMES?🦠

Today four brave care professionals, including a husband and wife, lift the lid on the appalling conditions facing residents and staff in England’s care homes, exacerbated by the looming mandatory vaccination deadline.

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Through their courageous & very personal testimonies, I can reveal an alleged litany of failings inc:

• care homes at breaking point & residents left to wet themselves in isolation

• staff sobbing in corridors & regularly working illegal shift patterns due to under resourcing
• “endless pressure” and “bullying” from central HR teams to coerce employees into having the vaccine

• mental health insinuations against those choosing not to be vaccinated

• minimum wage carers pressurised into work when previously sick, who now face losing their jobs.
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1/3 If we're testing #ivermectin for #COVID19, it exposes the scandal that #ivermectin is not licensed for routine use for #scabies outbreaks in the #UK. We know it works for #scabies (unlikely in #COVID19). It's on the @WHO #EssentialDrugs list! @UniofOxford @CMO_England
2/3 .. our #scabies research explores why this local and global #NeglectedTropicalDisease gets missed in #UK #carehomes. Take a look here at our research. Why aren't we using #ivermectin routinely? @UniofOxford @NIHRresearch
3/3 so #ivermectin is being trialled in #COVID19 while remaining unlicensed and hard to obtain for #scabies? Hope those @OxfordMedSci scientists will join us #scabies folk to get this changed #Principles
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A metal ion orients SARS-CoV-2 mRNA to ensure accurate 2′-O methylation of its first nucleotide
» doi.org/10.1038/s41467…
The #SARSCoV2 #coronavirus is able to utilize the changes in metal ion concentrations to disguise itself in the human host body thus evading immune responses. Image
Efficacy of #clarithromycin on #COVID19 pneumonia without oxygen administration; protocol for multicenter, open-label, randomized-controlled, 3-armed parallel group comparison, exploratory trial #CAMECOVID
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Japan Registry of Clinical Trials jRCTs071210011 Image
The influence of #HLA genotype on the severity of #COVID19 infection
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A genetic link has been discovered explaining why some people catch #Covid but don't get sick. The gene is found three times as often in people who are #asymptomatic. Image
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🔝5 Concerns about #SARSCoV2 #Biology: A Call to Pause, Deliberate, and Revise Policy─This review is intended both as a basic resource and to initiate an open and critical dialog about SARS-CoV-2 biology for an independent and public call to action. jjcouey.medium.com/5-concerns-abo…
Structural basis of ribosomal #frameshifting during translation of the #SARSCoV2 #RNA #genome
» doi.org/10.1126/scienc…
A unique feature of the SARS-CoV-2 genome controls protein synthesis and presents an "Achilles heel" of the virus. Image
Brainstem neuropathology in two cases of #COVID19: #SARSCoV2 trafficking between #brain and #lung
» doi.org/10.1007/s00415…
Neuropathologic evidence strongly suggests that the pathophysiology of COVID-19 related respiratory failure includes a neurogenic component. Image
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Reducing #COVID19 #Airborne #Transmission Risks on #PublicTransportation Buses
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Wearing of #facemasks reduced the overall particle count released into the bus by an average of 50%, the dispersion distance by several feet and #aerosol particles by 84.36%. Image
🔝#SARSCoV2 Infects Human Engineered Heart Tissues and Models COVID-19 Myocarditis
» doi.org/10.1016/j.jacb…
#COVID19 can kill heart muscle cells, interfere with contraction. Details of how #coronavirus infects #heart: models of tissue damage may help develop potential therapies. Image
High-content screening of coronavirus genes for innate immune suppression reveals enhanced potency of SARS-CoV-2 proteins
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196 protein products of seven coronaviruses: the genes encoded by #SARSCoV2 are generally more potent immune suppressors than others Image
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1/3 Once you get the #scabies itch, it's hard to get rid of it! @michaelghead and @MedVetAcarology doing fantastic international work #NTD
2/3 Which builds on our #NTD work in the UK, would you believe. Here's why we're looking forward to seeing #scabies again in #carehomes as #COVID19 ebbs jackiecassell.com/scabies-in-car…
3/3 With #scabies - like #COVID19 - we must ask "Can rates of infection be too low?" Same for #syphilis - took early #AIDS epidemic in #UK, and Maoism in #China. Something I ask students when teaching on #STI #HIV. Serious question.
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⚠️#Ocular #MRI Findings in Patients with Severe #COVID19: A Retrospective Multicenter Observational Study
» doi.org/10.1148/radiol…
All patients had nodules in the macular region, 8/9 (89%) had bilateral nodules, 2/9 (22%) had nodules outside the macular region. Screening needed. Image
⚠️🔝New-Onset #IgG #Autoantibodies in Hospitalized Patients with #COVID19
» doi.org/10.1101/2021.0…
An international team of researchers studying COVID-19 has made a startling and pivotal discovery: The virus appears to cause the body to make weapons to attack its own tissues. Image
⚠️🔝Patterns of myocardial injury in recovered troponin-positive COVID-19 patients assessed by cardiovascular magnetic resonance
» academic.oup.com/eurheartj/adva…
Damage to the heart found in more than half of #COVID19 patients discharged from hospital who show raised levels of troponin. Image
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Tomorrow it will be 300 days since I had a meaningful visit with my mother, or held her hand. These photographs were taken exactly one year apart, on her birthday on New Year's Eve. She has lost over 2 stone and pretty much all all of her sparkle....
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The visits in the glass pod in the care home car park have been horrible for us both. Speech therapy has stopped so she has no speech now. She can barely hear. She used to read avidly and loved TV. She does neither now. Covid has swept through...
3/ her care home so all residents have been confined to their rooms for weeks. All visits were cancelled since early December and there is no news on when or if they will recommence. iPad calls are hopeless. The vaccines are being given so I've begged for "care partner" status...
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1/. Extraordinary!

Sir Patrick Vallance yet again washes his hands entirely of any responsibility

Here, @PippaCrerar asks why the whole country isn't in lockdown

“The Tier decisions are not for me,” he says. Really?!

It’s a system designed to ensure the buck stops with no one
2/. I’m not a body language expert, but @uksciencechief’s habit of adjusting his glasses, looking away & um-Ing & ah-ing whenever he’s asked a penetrating question is getting wearily familiar.

Here is Vallance being questioned by @Jeremy_Hunt in May.
3/. In July, Vallance claimed he couldn't remember which date SAGE called for lockdown!

"The 18th or the 16th, I don't remember” he said

SAGE’s @JeremyFarrar says it was 13th

If these people’s memories are so bad now, imagine what they will be like in 2022 at a Public Inquiry!
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This nationwide complete analysis of all adult deaths in #England & #Wales has found that the #COVID pandemic has resulted in an abrupt inflation in acute #cardiovascular deaths above that expected for the time of year. heart.bmj.com/content/early/…
That is, about 2000 additional deaths over a 4 month period.
Nearly half of the deaths occurred outside of the #hospital setting, either at #home or in #carehomes.
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Far from having laid a #ProtectiveRing around #CareHomes, as @MattHancock shamelessly claimed in May, and despite more empty promises, Govt's failing to deliver even the basics (i.e. #testing for t'most common transmission vectors) in AUGUST!

A case of
cps.gov.uk/legal-guidance… ?
And it's not like there aren't now clear *evidence-based* priorities 👇

Ministers should stop dicking around with their meaningless big number 'targets' and start ensuring that which NEEDS doing is done, before @10DowningStreet is charged with #senicide.

Its centralised initiatives are proving to be not only inept and ineffective, but actively dangerous. With body count.

Time for another approach:

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In May my wonderful mother and amazing Oma to my son died. A long thread about, her, #mentalhealth #rheumatoidarthritis #cancer #NHS #carehomes #covid19 1/43 Marie Frosch stood at lake
I couldn’t have asked for a better mother, she embodied one of her favourite poems ‘Why god made friends’ 2/43 Image
And a former neighbour, about 50 years younger than her, captured her so beautifully when she wrote this 3/43 Image
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THE WEEK IN POLITICS
#7MemesFor7Days of political immaturity, incompetence & idiocy —or evil by design?

(Stories tended to break late in the day this week, so I've gone for themes instead of days.)

1. Tory hypocrisy vis-à-vis #NHS laid bare by *clap on Sunday, clamp on Monday*
#7MemesFor7Days

2. Johnson made his mismanagement of C19 in #CareHomes worse by BLAMING them for the high death toll —a mistake he's tried to row back from, but refuses to do the one thing that might help: apologise, even tho' Starmer gave him 3 opportunities to do so at #PMQs.
#7MemesFor7Days

3. The Times announced Cummings will cut the UK's armed forces. One Tory backbencher (#TobiasEllwood)found his backbone & questioned *Why Dom?* Another(#MarkFrançois) took it as a cue to threaten a General he'd get Cummings on to him. Silence from DefenseSec...🙄
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Mystery woman knew. What a filthy piece of toerag.

Johnson's parsletongue on #carehome staff was skin crawling

Too cowardly to face his mess, #Johnson now wants to blame others.

The #CareHomeScandal top 5* Government acts of negligence
(of ~ 50 total)
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New to this?
You've got bits and pieces:

🔵 20,000 dead
🔵 Maybe they'd be dead anyway
🔵 didn't the Government throw a ring of protection around
🔵 PPE
🔵 And we defended the #NHS
🔵 it was unprecedented?

Sound right?

Congrats!
UKGov PR has worked.

What actually happened?
Let's just start this year Jan 1, to even do that you need to pretend the existing problems, effects of austerity e.g. reduced base level track and trace capability had no bearing.

They did.

But it helps isolate what Johnson and gang were directly answerable for
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