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Good day Saurabh.
Would you kindly confirm this?
Much appreciated.

11:35 CET 31 OCT 2022

Perp: Illuminati actor / influencer Saurabh Raj Jain(??)
I just heard a tinnitus while communicating telepathically with SRJ and heard a highpitched tinnitus in my left wear and felt a resultant slight loss of hearing and dullness plus weakness and debility.

I had just left a comment and given the link to my Instagram page about
20 minutes.

I am writing this as I am about to leave my apartment.

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OK, why am I quote-tweeting myself and resurrecting PHE exercises that were conveniently lost/ignored/forgotten and so never made it to #Nervtag or #SAGE?
Well, frankly I'm pretty sick of the ridiculously polarising situation in the UK, which is largely due, imho, to Government.
Everything to do with the pandemic (& Brexit, Climate etc., but I'll "stay in my lane"😜) feels like this. I and my colleagues (but I am speaking for myself here) are often called such delightful things as "Lockdown Zealots" or some such, certain papers have the nerve to say I
have a "leftist" view of science...well, maybe I do if it means I don't like the thought of disadvantaged groups suffering, fine. I digress...
Equally, there are views from the opposite standpoint, and deliberate anti-vax aside, this is to be debated and reasoned, not just a
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With their influence waning, @IndependentSage has rebuked Gov plans to end “free” COVID-19 tests— urging the “immediate” publication of scientific evidence.

So, what is their own evidence? Read more👇🏻
So, for background, who exactly are Independent Sage?

They say they are a “group of scientists who are working together to provide independent scientific advice to the UK government and public on how to minimise deaths and support Britain’s recovery from the COVID-19 crisis.”
Prominent members include:
•Prof Susan Michie
•Prof Christina Pagel
•Prof Gabriel Scally
•Dr Zubaida Haque
•Dr Kit Yates

All of whom have been plastered over our television screens, airwaves, & newspapers since the pandemic began.

It’s not the first time I’ve featured them
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1/🧵 Christmas Reflection on Gratitude

My patient today - IN THE ICU on Christmas - said:

“I’m sorry for complaining, Doctor. I realize that if I have time to complain, I have time to say ‘thank you’ too.”

I will be w my patients today & throughout the Holidays…
2/ …many of these people are suffering #COVID lung failure that might end their lives. For them & for me, it brings into perspective what matters.

In the picture above (1st tweet), we are with a recovering pt, letting her see the 🌞.

It’s for #Hope & a vision of her future
3/🎥 “It’s a Wonderful Life”

We watched this classic last night and it helped me think of how we all must be in community to lift one another up during these hard times…see ending clip here ☺️

…this message never gets old!
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The ONLY WAY to make any sense of the changes to isolation policy, in combination w/ the removal of virtually all mitigations across 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿society, is that the @PrimeMinister @sajidjavid & @10DowningStreet ACTIVELY WANT ppl to catch AND spread #coronavirus.

@dgurdasani1 @TimesRadio
They WANT “US” to “GO NOW” rather than later in the Autumn/winter….that’s YOU & ME!

No matter how many ppl are doubly vaccinated, COMPLETELY UNMITIGATED TRANSMISSION/SPREAD will inevitably effect ppl in all age groups.
GOING NOW may sound BIG & BRAVE to those that haven’t followed the pandemic closely, but for anyone w/ even the slightest understanding of what’s really going on, it equates to pouring several large cans of petrol onto the UK #COVID 🔥, whilst simultaneously turning the 💦 off!
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Jeremy Farrar recounts: Even if the [SAGE] minutes were hazy, I believe that Patrick [Vallance] and Chris [Whitty] took a clear message into Number 10 after that Friday 13 March SAGE meeting: measures had to start immediately.
Meanwhile, my email to Patrick and Chris on Saturday 14 March 2020 tried to capture very explicitly what was hampering the UK’s ability to respond.

First, the state of public health at the time a country enters a crisis is crucial.
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1/ "On 18 February [2020], it was minuted [at the SAGE meeting] that Public Health England could perhaps cope with five coronavirus cases a week, generating 800 contacts that would need tracing.
2/ That could be scaled up to 50 cases a week and 8,000 contacts - but, if sustained transmission took off, contact tracing would become unviable.
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So, a 2005 blueprint to fight an #airborne #virus arriving in Britain was lost, filed away in Whitehall, and apparently never used.

Now uncovered, its recommendations included limiting travel and stopping ‘super-spreader’ events - lessons not learned.…
The @Independent reports that, 'One senior medical adviser who served in Downing Street throughout the last decade said they were “totally surprised” to learn of the blueprint, despite having worked in emergency health planning and pandemic preparedness'.…
The @Independent reports that 'the 2005 plan put together by the #DoH, warns of spread via “finer aerosols of infectious respiratory secretions, which stay in the air longer than droplets”, meaning it can be passed from one person to another through the nose, mouth or even eyes.'
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A thread. @wellcometrust kindly funded me for 13 yrs on MH projects. It’s also funded decades of research on social & economic determinants of health, long-term impacts of poverty, unemployment, stress, loneliness & isolation. I’m aghast re the lack of focus on these things 1/
What about the health impact of millions of job losses; debt of over £2 trillion & all the other physical and mental health impacts of lockdown? As professionals, clinicians, academics and philanthropic funders, are we really having a full and fair debate? 2/
Those of us working in the community are baffled by the lack of academic, scientific & governmental focus on the physical & mental health impacts of bankruptcy, poverty, despair, withdrawal of MH & disability services, domestic violence & safeguarding 3/
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1/12 How anyone who claims to care about children can read this thread & look at these figures, & still think “Oh yes, this was a good time to remove 😷s from secondary schools!”

What madness is it that has lead to pupils, staff & families being so unprotected from #COVID19?
2/ #Bolton is just 1 town, every day this week more places have found ⬆️cases of the #IndianVariant.

A local school has an outbreak, a whole yr group’s been sent home. A min of 10 children have tested +ve, so assuming they all have a mild infection, ONE could get #LongCovid.
3/ Has the #PrimeMinister decided that this is acceptable COLLATERAL DAMAGE?

Is this what the #antimask anti-scientific groups like #UsForThem, #HartGroup & the #CRG want for the children of this country?
1000s of innocent children w/ long term symptoms we don’t yet understand? Image
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Good afternoon #PrimeMinister,
Reading the @Telegraph article below has caused me significant angst. As a healthcare professional who has seen just what #COVID19 can do, I am struggling to understand the rationale behind this decision.
Just as we are unlocking cautiously you want to risk the lives of more individuals by removing one of the few mitigations in secondary schools?
We know that #COVIDisAirborne & that we have several #VariantsOfConcern here already.
Have you seen this chart #PrimeMinister?
V few <40s will be vaccinated by May 17th & while their individual risk of serious disease or dying is low, their risk of #LongCovid is MODERATE!
Many parents & teaching staff are <40.
The numbers of #NHS & teaching staff w/ it already are horrendous. Why put more ppl at risk?
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My thoughts on the latest Johnson comments. First up - it looks highly likely that Johnson had to be persuaded ‘big time’ to enter a 2nd lockdown. This is for a number of reasons, and we’ll come back to these, but suffice it to say his lack of appetite to lockdown is clear. 1/n.
Reports of Johnson’s reluctance to lockdown spread from the disreputable (yesterday’s Daily Mail headline) to vastly more reputable news sources. @thetimes et al, do not publish such headlines without a strong source in the top-left. So we can be quite sure of their voracity. 2/n
But how believable are the stories? Well let’s examine the evidence. Has Johnson showed reluctance to lockdown before? He absolutely has. The ‘take it on the chin’ comments from as late as Feb 20 show this in spades. But such a sentiment is almost excusable. 3/n
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1) Morning @GavinWilliamson, just reading the update from @PHE_uk @GOVUK below ⬇️.…
2) Wondering how this particular bit of advice ⬇️ will play out in schools & early years settings after #Easter?

Crowded poorly ventilated classrooms w/ up to 30 kids from different households are the very essence of HIGH RISK spaces. Dining rooms/PE halls could even be worse!
3) If I’ve understood it correctly anywhere in the RED AREAS needs extra attention?

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1) Cases in schools have ⬆️ since schools fully opened on 8th Mar.
Everyone knew they would.
#SAGE predicted it.
UK schools remain NON #CovidSecure & 1000s of kids are isolating AGAIN.
Some clinicians are turning a blind eye & have joined the #antimask campaign.
#COVIDisAirborne - #MasksSaveLives & #VentilationMatters.
Smaller classes sizes & using #blendedlearning would protect individuals AND ⬇️disruption.
Advice on how to #MakeSchoolsSafe is abundant & accessible.
Why is it being consistently ignored by @educationgovuk? ImageImageImage
The Easter holidays give us some time & space to act, but while funding & political will are lacking, the school community remains very exposed to an #airborne🦠 that can cause severe illness, death & long term morbidity.

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#korona -hysterian lietsonnan ja valmiuslain hypetyksen on loputtava täysin perusteettomana.
#Covid, tuo hilveä #korona #pandemia -ihmeiden epäjumala, on VÄHENTÄNYT sairauksia, v. 2019-2020.
- Tavallinen kausi-influenssa A- ja B-virukset ovat kadonneet kokonaan. - Sairaalat tyhjillään. @Vapaavuori @RitvaViljanen @KjMakela
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One of the most bizarre & troubling bits of the #ReopeningSchools saga is that @educationgovuk & @BorisJohnson have ignored every single plea from teachers, early years staff, pupils & their families to #MakeSchoolsSafe & wasted all the months they have had to do so. 1/14 🧵
2)They’ve turned their backs on plentiful advice from #SAGE, @IndependentSage & @NEU.
Even @CMO_England has made his reservations as clear as he can from a rather difficult position.
But they’ve put their collective fingers in their ears & metaphorically said “La La La La”!
3) @GavinWilliamson & @halfon4harlowMP CLAIM the motivation for a speedy full opening of all school & early years facilities is the WELFARE OF CHILDREN!
They repeatedly cite educational, emotional, social & psychological needs.
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This is plea to all Headteachers regarding the imminent full opening of UK schools.

If we remove from the debate HOW MUCH children transmit/spread #coronavirus WITHIN schools, we all accept that they do spread it to a greater or lesser degree.
Children do not exist in isolation!
Every day they mix with their families & friends & during the school day they mix with many teachers & staff.

So the word BUBBLE in the school context is UTTER NONSENSE! 2/
The government & #DfE have rejected virtually every mitigation proposed by #SAGE, @IndependentSage & @neu & we’re told the @CMO_England is v uneasy about a BIG BANG reopening.

You don’t have to be a scientist or medic to understand this re risk in various settings👇🏼.
3/ Image
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1/2 This is a complete red herring. Lay ofr outdoor exercise. Read the #transmission report to #SAGE here Support #SupportToIsolate for #EssentialWorkers…
2/2 #SupportToIsolate for #EssentialWorkers ha to be top of the list - here's why. I am of course blocked by @trishgreenhalgh.…
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1/ 7🧵W/ respect @halfon4harlowMP ... do you accept that being INDOORS in CROWDED rooms W/ few ppl wearing #masks is HIGH RISK?
So how can #schools NOT be HIGH RISK?
Are you suggesting staff/pupils/families have superior immune systems?
2/7 #COVID19 risk in various settings.
3/7 #SAGE’s own assessment in Dec.
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Morning @JuliaHB1,
I’m not a teacher, a parent of school/nursery age children or a union member. I’m a dr & have worked throughout the #pandemic & have seen #COVID19 up close. As you know it can result in significant illness, hospital admission, death or cause #LongCovid. 1/10🧵
This isn’t a disease we should want ANYONE to catch.
Thankfully v few kids are seriously affected but they are getting #LongCovid.
Currently across all healthcare settings ⬆️ numbers of previously fit, younger ppl need care/being admitted w/ severe #COVID19, some have died. 2/
This is what we understand about risk in various indoor & outdoor settings ⬇️.3/ Image
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#UK #employment no.s show the horrendous cost of #lockdown leapfrog and all the other government stupidity during this pan(dem)ic.
Toll on self-employed getting on for 1 in 10
Total, economy-wide hours worked off 9.1%

#COVID19(33) #ONS
#private sector #jobs down 422k (-378k ex rail worker shift). Public sector up 143k (+99k ex-rail).

Of the 280k total, 7 out of 8 lost by those starting out in life, 16-24 yo; within which more than 1 in 4 of 16-17 yo jobs gone, "POOF!!"
#redundancies have more than tripled from 106k to 370k, while #vacancies have fallen from 848k to 547k.

This means that everyone newly #unemployed now has 1.5 openings to chase versus 7.7 a year ago. Good luck with THAT!
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New important thread.

Explored: Rockefeller communique on #contacttracing, Verified (UN) guide on #vaccine #communications, insights via #Vaccine Confidence Project, & a Behavioral Insights report. Today> special report from Oct 15 2020 meeting, #WHO, Technical Advisory Group. Image
"On 15 Oct 2020, the WHO Technical Advisory Group (TAG) on Behavioural Insights & Sciences for Health held a special meeting w/ the WHO Department of Immunization, Vaccines & Biologicals to discuss behavioural considerations in relation to COVID-19 #vaccine #acceptance & uptake." Image
The report was developed by members of the WHO Technical Advisory Group on Behav. Insights & Sciences for Health, chaired by Cass Sunstein, largely credited w/ developing/popularizing notion of "nudges" as policy tools.

Technical Advisory Group members:… Image
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Mini-#Thread on the austere lifestyle & spiritual capabilities of Wise Brahmins of India as recorded by Apollonius of Tyana (15-100 CE), the legendary Greek philosopher & famous anti-Christ whose works have reached us thru Romans like Philostratus & his Greek disciple like Damis.
As per Apollonius, based on his visits to India in beginning of CE, 👇#Hindu #sanatandharma #brahmin #brahman #sage #Dharma #History
“The Wise Men’s (Brahmins) nature and their way of life on the hill are described by Apollonius himself, since in one of his addresses to the Egyptians he says, ‘I saw the Indian Brahmans living on the earth and not on it...
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