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13 Sep, 20 tweets, 6 min read
1. If this is true, it is a failure of epic proportions. This isn’t expenses fiddling or usual political shenanigans - lives are very much at risk because of this particular instance of government incompetence.
2. SAGE advised the government to phase the return of pupils. NERVTAG, DELVE & the WHO recommended the use of masks throughout the school day. Public health teams around the world have recommended approaches to open schools safely. This government has listened to no one.
3. Instead, it has based its guidance to schools on outdated assumptions about close contact droplets and fomite transmission, when the rest of the world has moved on.
4. The government has tried to convince parents this is a magic virus children don’t transmit.

Wrong again.
5. Children might not be at high risk of dying, but as with any viral infection, there is a risk #SARSCoV2 will cause complications. Diabetes is one such complication.
6. There are also increasing reports of Long Covid among children, and we don’t really understand this condition or what’s causing it. We should be seeking to minimise transmission in children until we know more.

smithsonianmag.com/science-nature…
7. This was entirely foreseeable. There is a faction within the Conservative party that believes the Swedish model of herd immunity through mass death is the way to go. Others disagree, so there is a battle that manifests itself as schizophrenic public health policy.
8. These herd immunity types have not realised what the numerous confirmed cases of short interval reinfection mean for the herd immunity approach. We don’t yet know what the population immunity profile looks like for this virus.
9. Putting millions of children and adults into sustained daily contact during a pandemic of an airborne, highly contagious virus that causes high mortality and morbidity relative to flu was always going to be risky. Without effective testing, it is reckless in extreme.
10. The medical officers of the United Kingdom all told us it was safe to send 10.8 million children back to school in this manner. I believe we should consider this their resignation letter.
11. They have stood alongside a government that has delivered one of the worst public health responses in the world and given it a thin veneer of scientific and medical credibility.
12. And what of this serially inept government? Without a Conservative leadership contest or street revolution, we’re stuck with this Prime Minister for a while. But we don’t have to be stuck with these ministers.
13. The fact no minister has been sacked for the various education and public health fiascos tells me the Prime Minister loves the stench of failure around him. Perhaps because weak incompetents are more malleable than those who are capable?
14. Keir Starmer joined the government in calling for children to go back to school. Hopefully he’s learned a valuable lesson. Until this government embraces a #ZeroCovid policy, the opposition should challenge and press at every turn.
15. So, what can we do? I don’t think anyone should send their child back to school until the testing system works. We will only add to the problem. If your personal circumstances mean you have to send your child back to school, get them a mask.
16. Teachers also need to wear masks. Enough of this anti-science nonsense. Until the government can provide its evidence that shows masks negatively impact teaching, public health must come first.
17. I hope @cyclingkev, @MaryBoustedNEU and other union leaders will provide guidance to their members on how to protect themselves. For teachers & staff in vulnerable categories this will quite literally be a life or death issue. People still have the right to a safe workplace.
18. Me? It wasn’t how I was expecting to spend my book royalties, but my wife and I have already instructed lawyers to commence judicial review proceedings against the Department for Education. We don’t believe its guidelines are anywhere near world-beating 🙄
19. And after writing letters and lobbying, it’s the only remaining route left to us to try to bring about change and raise standards for our children.
20. If schools are to remain open during cold and flu season without becoming vectors for a massive wave of sustained illness, we need our government to do much better than this.

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More from @adamhamdy

22 Sep
1. When I spoke to Tokyo Guy, he said children in Japan have no problem wearing masks in class. Same in Italy, France, Spain, America, Taiwan, South Korea, Hong Kong & so many other places.

Why wouldn't the UK government implement a simple measure that could reduce transmission?
2. The UK is one of the few countries in the world not to be using facemasks in classrooms. I've had replies from every continent asking if the UK has lost its mind. We seem to be obsessed with Sweden, but even it saw cases fall when schools closed.

Read 9 tweets
21 Sep
1. Judging by today's briefing, the UK's medical & scientific advisers are approximately 6 months behind this pandemic. They confirmed the virus:
*is more deadly than flu
*doesn't confer long-term immunity

This was obvious in March.
2. Ambiguity and dithering has allowed a large & growing Covid denier movement to spring up around certain pseudoscientists and crackpots, so it's good to see CMO and CSA clarify the basics. Better late than never. But better early than late.
3. Unfortunately, the UK will continue to suffer from one of the world's worst pandemic responses unless it catches up with the latest scientific evidence. The US CDC has updated its guidance on the main transmission route of #Covid_19

Read 6 tweets
18 Sep
1. Last week, someone responded to one of my threads about aerosol transmission, saying I was wrong and the virus only spreads through touch. I just found out this person tested positive for #Covid19 earlier this week.
2. Very sad, particularly given their personal circumstances. There’s no way of knowing whether a mask would have protected them, but the misinformation they’d been given could have meant they were more exposed and not taking all possible precautions.
3. I know a lot of people have been lamenting the amount of #COVID__19 misinformation that’s influencing people to believe conspiracy theories and undermine or attack public health measures. This misinformation is causing harm on a massive scale.
Read 5 tweets
18 Sep
1. This is important from Dr Stubbins Bates. Rather than be ingenious to adapt to the emergency, the government has sent teachers back to school with minimum protection. The PM has admitted this virus is readily transmitted by children to adults.
2. This creates an obligation to take necessary precautions to protect against loss of life. SAGE recommended rotating pupils so no more than 50% were in school at a time. DELVE and NERVTAG recommended masks for all at all times. Other countries have implemented these measures.
3. Instead, the UK government has engaged in pandemic theatre, keeping schools busy with measures that won’t protect them from aerosol transmission. Far better to have followed SAGE’s advice, reduced class sizes and had everyone wear masks.
Read 4 tweets
17 Sep
1. Who brings this unlicensed mass medical experiment on children to an end?

The organisers, namely the UK government, who proceeded without informed consent & used coercion and the threat of fines to ensure participation?
2. Or the subjects, when they realise they were recruited into the experiment on the basis of a fraudulent risk assessment?
3. And I use the term medical experiment deliberately because we should be under no illusions that is what is happening. Until the government can answer these questions, it is experimenting.
Read 4 tweets
16 Sep
1. “It is, alas, a fact of the disease that it is readily transmissible between children and adults"
Boris Johnson

This fact was not accepted as part of the evidence base used to justify opening schools. In their August letter, backing the government’s plans to open schools...
2. ...the Chief Medical Officers said,
“Current international evidence suggests transmission of #COVID19 from children of school age to parents or other adult family members is relatively rare...”

They admit the evidence base is weak but rather than err on the side of caution...
3. ... they gambled, backing the government’s plans, which were based on faulty assumptions.

The PM has admitted children “readily” transmit the virus to adults. How long before the government admits it has made a mistake on airborne transmission of aerosol particles?
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