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(01/31) The late film critic @ebertchicago was not a huge fan of @rolandemmerich’s “Independence Day”. His review of the larger-than-life, schmaltzy blockbuster noted that it was little other than “silly summer fun”, which was reluctant to “slow down for the small details”.
(02/31) ‘Not slowing down’ is very much part of the modus operandi of blogger, hat model and occasional-#PrimeMinister Dominic Cummings. Particularly when maximising the fuel efficiency of the vehicle transporting his symptomatic family to medical facilities in Northern England.
(03/31) Cummings favours haste, brevity and a broad-brush approach over ‘the small details’. This is perhaps best demonstrated by his relentless promotion of catchy-yet-meaningless slogans, such as #StayAlert, #GetBrexitDone and #ConsiderTheMatterClosed.
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#StopKillingBusDrivers The ‘Wages of Fear’ of London Bus Drivers” Excellent Investigative Reporting of @TfL Bus Driver #COVID19 Fatals by @c_ducourtieux @lemondefr w quotes from @spencersuckling @MLiebreich @KeithPrinceAM @CarolinePidgeon @RMTunion @unitetheunion @SadiqKhan
"@spencersuckling assaulted in mid-May by motorcyclist who spat on him. 'It was disgusting & I was worried abt #Covid19 so I spent 7 days at home in self-isolation. b/c I had no symptoms, I wasn't tested. Fortunately, I didn't get sick' Spencer was luckier than Belly Mujinga.."
“Spencer also luckier than the 33 London bus workers (incl 29 drivers) who died of #coronavirus. Ranjith Chandrapala, 64....Nadir Nur, 48, drove 394....Lory Locsin, Paul Aheto, Solomon Hagos, Kenneth Yeboah ... Most were of BAME origin”
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Starting now:

House of Lords #ScienceofCOVID19 inquiry, including modelling experts discussing the science behind the epidemiological models which informed the UK response to #Covid19UK…
Neil Ferguson now on stressing that many different groups are involved in modelling.
Another witness discusses uncertainty around when transmission occurs (e.g., how long before symptoms)
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1/4 Today we have filed & served our application for expedited Judicial Review against the Health Secretary. 3 witness statements. 74 documents. 4 Key Authorities. 1010 pages. 41.9 megabytes of PDF arguing for full disclosure of the secret Cygnus Reports.…
2/4 We have evidence that #Cygnusreport leaked to @Guardian is only 1 of several secret reports. In fact @GovUK has large amount of pandemic data from Cygnus informing current strategy but it's refusing to disclose because politically embarrassed by previous failure to act on it.
3/4 We argue that transparency is essential so the scientific & healthcare communities can apply Cygnus data to prepare for #secondwave. We also argue that transparency helps inform the British public so they can engage democratically with the national challenges which lie ahead.
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So #DominicCummings attended at least 6 of 34 SAGe meetings btw late Jan & early May.

Ben Warner (AI expert who worked on Tory election & Leave Campaigns)
attended 13.

His brother, Marc Warner, also attended meetings. He won the £250m NHSX app contract.
SAGE minutes from 11/2 show NHS beds was seem as “important” as early as 11/2.

SPI-M given action to work with NHS on modelling impacts (ie comparing epidemic curves to NHS bed & ICU capacity) yet @neil_ferguson only first met NHS on 1/3...19 days later!…
There is no follow up in subsequent SAGE minutes on whether the action to model NHS/ICU bed capacity was acted upon.

It would be v interesting to look at all the actions listed in these minutes & see if & when they were progressed.

There is no ‘action log’ so did some get lost?
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“I think many of my viewers will think this isn’t a laughing matter,” @KayBurley.

An extraordinary interview with @MattHancock who smiles & laughs continuously for 2 minutes.

The UK death toll from #COVID19 stands at 65,000.

412 people died on Tuesday.
Please note: The 65,000 figure is an estimate of the excess UK deaths linked to #Covid19.

Yesterday, the @FT’s @ChrisGiles_ made a cautious estimate that this figure was now up to 63,800. ImageImage
Perhaps Mr Hancock would be wise to watch his tone.
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#TestTrackAndTrace is being launched. I'm gathering my thoughts as to how effective it will be:

These thoughts are all my own, and whist a member of @RenewParty they do not necessarily reflect their position.

Hope you enjoy the read.

We needed ventilators, so we ordered them from a tractor maker & a vacuum maker.
We cancelled the orders when we realised it was easier to order them from ventilator makers.
We needed large amounts of #PPE to be distributed so we drafted in the Army.
We then realised we didn't have the PPE to be distributed and blamed nurses for using too much of it.
Individuals stared making scrubs from home.
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Trying to make sense of the #COVID19UK crisis isn’t easy...but don’t give up!

Our team of dedicated researchers have put together a flow chart showing some main errors:

* Poor preparation

* Late modelling

* Poor risk management

* Lack of testing data

We also offer solutions
These newly released documents sent to SAGE on 25/3 show a shocking spike of hospital admissions rising exponentially in 1st week of March.

When SAGE & COBR met on 2 & 3 March would they have known this?

When did @neilfergusson flag NHS capacity issues?…
This report 👆was delivered to SAGE by the #COVID19 Clinical Information Network (CO-CIN) which collates clinical information around hospital #coronavirus admissions of in the UK.

One of their members is the Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Professor Van Tam, who is a SAGE member.
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There are over 15k #carehomes housing approx half a million people. The vast majority of whom are, very elderly, and have underlying health issues.
So far, just over 12.5k people, have died, in a care home, and #Covid19UK was mentioned on the death certificate.
In an average April, just over 8.5k people, would be expected to die, in care homes (all causes), this April, the total was just over 26.5k (all causes), with 8k attributed to #Covid19UK in some way.
These figures are terrible, but, it’s still an average of less than 1 death, per home.
Some homes, will have had no deaths, some, many more.
What this tells you, is that, this isn’t a national failure, it’s a failure of individual homes, or groups of homes.
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Like many, I’ve had some extra fee time these days... After rebinging @theofficenbc and #theofficereunion I was inspired.

A thread of Trump’s handling of the #coronavirus (#COVID19) pandemic, as told by Michael Scott. #TheOffice
Way back in 2018, Trump decided it was a good idea to disassemble the #Pandemic Response Team – created by the Obama administration in case there was “an airborne disease that is deadly.” This can’t go wrong! #thiswaspreventable
Trump does nothing to replace this. He plays golf and insults people on Twitter – just the normal things that presidents do right?
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1. Yesterday wasn't a great day, but I did learn some things. I'm afraid it's inspired another thread. I'm afraid it's about Brexit, but it's necessary to talk about it despite #Covid19UK. In fact the pandemic makes it even more important.
2. First of all, there are a surprising number of ppl who think we can just stop Brexit. Unfortunately we can't, because it's happened. It's done. Focusing on that is a grave mistake and distracts from the actual fight we have ahead of us.
3. If we do not get an extension to the transition period, we will end the transition period with no deal. There is never a good time for that, but it's hard to imagine a worse one (famous last words). The deadline for requesting an extension is 30th June at the latest.
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The number of people dying each week in care homes is usually half the number dying in hospitals. New @ONS stats show care home deaths in the last week of April level with hospital deaths.

New @ONS stats show excess deaths from all causes in care homes now outnumber excess deaths from all causes in hospitals.

This weeks @ONS stats show the #Covid19UK crisis goes beyond hospitals. Our new report looks into detail on how the crisis has spread to care homes, so too how the now paid to care homes needs to be extended to home too.…
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This is my personal, first-hand experience of COVID19 testing in the UK at a Regional Test Site. A thread. #COVID19 #Covid19UK (1/31)
I never expected to be the first person I knew to have a COVID19 test, so I was surprised to get an email inviting me to take one. Here in the UK testing is relatively scarce, accessible only to frontline health workers / people with severe symptoms. I’m neither. (2/31)
The email stated the UK Department of Health was inviting me to have a PCR swab test to confirm whether I was currently positive or negative. I was chosen as I was using the COVID Symptom Study app, developed by @KingsCollegeLon and health science company @Join_ZOE (3/31)
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1/ Johnson - A timeline of criminal negligence. The man should be in a cell not living in Downing Street. If you want to know why the U.K. is in a total mess whilst other countries are tentatively moving on. Here is why.

So here is a timeline of utter failure and criminal negligence by Boris Johnson and his government. It reveals the shambolic way they have handled Covid-19 from the start and up to today.

December 31st China alerts WHO to new virus.

January 23rd Study reveals a third of China’s patients require intensive care.

January 24th Boris Johnson misses first Cobra meeting.

January 29th Boris Johnson misses second Cobra meeting.
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Data protection impact assessment (DPIA) released by #NHSX in relation to the #NHSApp. It highlights a range of significant issues in data protection legislation. It does this in order so that these issues can be remedied before the next DPIA is published. #Covid19UK
Data protection impact assessment (DPIA) released by #NHSX in relation to the #NHSApp.
Data protection impact assessment (DPIA) released by #NHSX in relation to the #NHSApp.
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#ExerciseCygnus the thread...
#Covid19UK @mi6rogue
#ExerciseCygnus the thread...
#ExerciseCygnus the thread...
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So how's the centralised #tracingapp thing going elsewhere?

1 Australia: DITCHED…
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1/. Vallance & Hunt.

JH: On 28 Jan, I understand you decided not to model what the death rates would be with track & trace model b/c you decided we didn’t have testing capacity?

PV: I don’t know if that’s correct. I can't remember off the top of my head.
2/. @Jeremy_Hunt asks #PatrickVallance why one of the conditions for adjusting social distancing was changed from “preventing a second peak” to “overwhelming the NHS”.

JH: Can you tell us why that condition was changed?

PV: I'm not sure I can tell you.
3/. HUNT: Back on 13 March you said that the aim was to build up some kind of #herdimmunity...What was your evidence then for the existence of this kind of immunity?

VALLANCE: Well...well...I...I should be clear about what I was trying to say.
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1/9 True to form the Gov digs in its heals on vires of #Covid19UK regs. I will explain why I think this is a mistake and should be rethought. Image
2/9 Every lawyer that has published an opinion on the issue (bar one) has thought the regs are probably ultra vires. See…
3/9 In any event, powers of such magnitude plainly should have an express basis in primary legislation.
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The UK Government wants to roll out a digital #ContactTracing app in 2-3 weeks.

Building on our rapid evidence review, we've outlined the steps needed to make an app trustworthy, before it’s deployed. #ExitThroughTheAppStore #COVID19…
1⃣ Provisos for a #ContactTracing app: demonstrate efficacy, develop legislation and broader strategy, and build trust.

#ExitThroughTheAppStore #Covid19UK A flowchart showing the provisos for a contact tracing app
2⃣ UK Govt, with Parliament, must build legislative and policy structures to underpin and surround the #ContactTracing app including:

🔹publicly setting success criteria
🔹articulating a broader public health strategy
🔹implementing primary legislation and oversight mechanisms
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Forced into cold turkey for everything @AmazonUK related.

Account forcibly closed.

After over a month of trying to get @AmazonHelp to, ahem, help through their app's online chat, Amazon decided that their recommended solution to their issue didn't sit well with them after all
...a bit of background.

On 31 March 2020, I received what I thought was a phishing phone call asking me about purchase of gift certificates on @AmazonUK.

I told them as much because I had not used Amazon to buy anything at all that day.

I thought nothing more of it.
...that is until I got some automated emails saying that transactions for gift vouchers and merchandise I knew nothing about had been cancelled.

I logged into Amazon to find that I had to change password and that purchases before 27 March no longer appeared under 'my orders'.
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This is the lovely Ian Golightly. He is one of the most committed members of the #ToonArmy I’ve ever known.

He has #Huntingtonsdisease and recently spent 2 weeks in hospital fighting #covid19

Ian was discharged to his nursing home after fighting back against this dreadful virus.

However, Ian is still fighting a chest infection and the combination of being so poorly and #Isolation means he is currently in a very very low place.

Due to his condition, Ian has few pleasures in life: namely, going to @NeuroDropIn, watching @NUFC (though sadly he can no longer make the trip to #StJamesPark) and playing scrabble/spend time with his friends.
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Race is a social and not a biological construct. There is no genetic marker for race. Disparities in health are caused by inequality and the social determinants of health. I can't explain in a tweet how dangerous it is to focus on biological differences.…
Bad things happen when people act as if races were biologically different. They are not. There are certain bio differences which are associated with race (eg skin colour) & certain diseases that more strongly associated with certain racial groups. But that is just part of it.
All the biological factors suggested as being related to COVID have a social factor. Even D deficiency (vitamin D deficiency is connected to skin, but you need zinc & magnesium to process vit D, so it's not just about skin, it's also about nutrition, food poverty).
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1/ THREAD 7: Viral Latency and a Hematogenous Route to CNS?

Is it even conceivable that #SARSCoV2 could establish latency in sensory ganglia (like trigeminal ganglia in HSV1) and reactivate to cause recurrent disease as respiratory droplets could enter the eyes, nose, and mouth?
2/ Specifically, talking about the peripheral nerves of the eyes, nose and mouth here. And thinking along the lines of why clinicians are seeing the loss of smell and altered taste in so many patients. Please remember, I am not a #virologist or an infectious disease specialist!
Both the American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery AAO-HNS and ENTUK have classified loss of smell and altered taste as significant symptoms in #COVID19. #Covid19UK……
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