@dgurdasani1, you are a legend 👏!

PLEASE please listen to this from 07.20-40.30.
You will not regret it.

It clearly demonstrates the dangers of those without any CLINICAL knowledge & expertise being able to make crucial decisions that effect so many lives.
1/15 a thread.
Questions for the MODELLERS & MPs...

Have you actually seen a child poorly w/ #COVID19? It can be extremely frightening for both child & parents.

Have you seen/spoken to the parents of any children suffering w/ #LongCovid?
Why not listen to what parents & Drs are saying? 2/
#COVID19 is a multi-system disease with w/ many negative outcomes other than hospitalisation or death.



#LongCovid in both adults & children can be v debilitating & there’s currently v little knowledge about the long term prognosis. 3/.
Even using the most optimistic interpretation of “the data”, if 10-20% of those w/ #COVID19 get #LongCovid, many 1000s of children will have & many more will get #LongCovid.

How can any civilised society say that is ok?
I for one, don’t want ANY CHILD to suffer like that. 4/
#COVIDisAirborne - experts & SO MANY DRS have been literally shouting in every way possible that EFFECTIVE MITIGATION MUST INCLUDE improved #Ventilation, #Masks 😷for all but the very young & ⬇️close contact w/ others INDOORS.

Hand washing & surface cleaning is NOT ENOUGH!
As @dgurdasani1 rightly points out - LARGE BUBBLES of up to 300 pupils (plus their siblings & parents) are COMPLETE NONSENSE....they are not BUBBLES at all!

@educationgovuk’s “SYSTEM OF CONTROLS” is utterly WOEFUL.

Don’t take my word for it, read it.
Next week is half term across the UK.

All but the youngest children CAN #WearAMask INDOORS IN SCHOOL!
They really can. Look across Europe & the rest of the world.

ALL STAFF should wear #MasksIndoors😷in ALL AREAS.
Use #blendedlearning, rotas, extra empty spaces to ⬇️class sizes & create #SafeSpacesToLearn.

Increase staffing levels by the widespread use of #SupplyTeachers.

Ensure EVERY CHILD has digital access with #laptops & adequate #Wifi. 8/
Read all the clear, pragmatic & safe advice from @IndependentSage @ReicherStephen on the phased return to full opening & the @NEU’s EDUCATION RECOVERY PLAN.

In the face of highly transmissible #CovidVariants this is NOT the moment for complacency or recklessness. 9/
If @GavinWilliamson, @educationgovuk & @BorisJohnson allow (& actively encourage) the FULL opening of all schools & #earlyyears settings after half term WITHOUT EFFECTIVE MITIGATION for an #AIRBORNE 🦠, the outcome is entirely predictable. 10/
Transmission IN SCHOOLS will ⬆️again, more children & staff will catch/spread #coronavirus, & more individuals, families ( AND communities) will suffer... AGAIN.

PEOPLE spread #coronavirus....We all agree on that.

#COVIDisAirborne - UK leaders, & others, MUST CATCH UP!
MODELLING can only tell us so much.
In the absence of the CLINICAL picture & real HUMAN stories it is a 1-dimensional way of assessing RISK.

Risk of hospitalisation & death are obviously v important.
But risk of long term MORBIDITY & loss of QOL MUST be factored in too.
For those at the back-


Acute #COVID can be very frightening & serious in both adults & children. It can be fatal.

10-20% of Adults AND children get #LongCovid.

Thank you @dgurdasani1 for your incredible expertise & ongoing refusal to be silenced.

And thank you @StephenNolan for a great discussion & for taking the concerns of so many of us seriously...I hope you got some sleep😉!


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14 Feb
1/14 Morning @SophyRidgeSky, just watched the interviews w/ @DominicRaab @annelongfield @timspector & @bphillipsonMP re #schoolsreopening fully on 8th Mar.

Discussions focused on dates, primary vs secondary, catch up plans, mental health concerns, vulnerable children....

Has the MSM been banned from mentioning mitigation measures?
Are British children/teaching staff different to those across the world?
3/NO FIGURES on how many children get #COVID19?
NO MENTION of how many become seriously ill, are hospitalised or die?
Absolutely NO WORD about the 1 in 7 or 8 children who get #LongCovid!
NO ADVICE for parents of children w/ diseases like Diabetes, severe Asthma etc.
Read 14 tweets
11 Feb
#Tory rhetoric on healthcare models continues.
Suggesting that countries who have handled #COVID19 well have done so because of a diff healthcare MODEL rather than acknowledging that multiple failures of UK pandemic management STRATEGY & POLICY is the main cause, is dishonest.
Countries like Taiwan, NZ, Australia, Vietnam...have done well because they didn’t treat #Covid like “flu” & took it seriously from Day 1.
Tight, early border controls, testing,tracing, universal mask wearing etc.
It’s disingenuous to suggest otherwise.
A “restructuring of the #NHS right now is a blatant attempt to “cover their tracks” before the inevitable inquiry.
They take us for fools if they think we can’t see exactly what’s driving this mis-timed plan.
Change is definitely needed but NOT RIGHT NOW!
Read 4 tweets
27 Jan
Dear @annelongfield,
I read this document with trepidation.
However I am hugely relieved that finally there is acknowledgment that “there is a problem”.
Thank you!
The most important step that can be taken now from a HEALTH PERSPECTIVE is accepting that #COVIDisAirborne. 1/4
Children (& staff) could wash their hands 100x a day & sit in lines facing forwards thinking this will PREVENT #Coronavirus transmission. It won’t.
It will REDUCE transmission but the virus is in the air so ALL @educationgovuk safety measures need to updated accordingly. 2/4
If you could urgently press upon those able to effect change, the HUGE significance of this simple fact, we would actually be able to start to #MakeSchoolSafe. #EarlyYears settings & staff must NOT be excluded. 3/4
Read 5 tweets
27 Jan
And pressure for the NEXT BIG MISTAKE is building already.
MPs who fought tooth & nail to resist #lockdown /restrictions before #Christmas2020 are now actively working w/ a pressure group wanting FULL REOPENING of PRIMARY SCHOOLS WITHOUT MITIGATION for an #airborne virus. 1/5
#UsForThem have influenced Gvmt policy already, w/ dangerous consequences.
They are about to do it again, w/ the FULL BACKING of 12 MPs, some high profile ⬇️. Based on a study that was completed before the #covidvariant took hold, and in a different season no less! 2/
If #earlyyears settings remain open & primary schools fully open w/ such high disease prevalence (& more), & NO attention to #VENTILATION, class sizes, mask use.....there will be 1000s more predictable, avoidable & totally unnecessary deaths in the next few months. 3/
Read 5 tweets
26 Jan
1/4 I don’t claim to be an expert.
I’m not a scientist, virologist or epidemiologist.
But I have a scientific brain & like to understand “things”.
I’m told the plan to FULLY reopen Primary Schools SOON, WITHOUT ANY INCREASED MITIGATION MEASURES is based on this study below ⬇️.
2/The thing that JUMPS OUT @ me when assessing the results is that the study was done between June-Nov 20!
Schools were barely open in June/July, closed in Aug & opened again in Sept.
How can a study that included the school summer holidays be used to justify FULL OPENING NOW?
3/ Secondly, the study was over summer months...
We know that 1) we can easily spend more time outdoors in warmer weather, & 2) the virus appears to “like” warmer weather less.
Thirdly we now have a more transmissible UK #covidvariant &
SA+Brazilian ones too.
Read 5 tweets
26 Jan
1/11 🧵 Just watched @BBCPolitics in utter dismay!

Waiting/hoping for SOMEONE to mention #VENTILATION or kids wearing #MasksInClassrooms, using EXTRA spaces to create #SafeSpacesToLearn...etc
Have all commentators been forbidden to mention these options, have they been gagged?
2/ If this ⬇️ is SAGE’s own assessment in Dec20.
3/ And we think this ⬇️ regarding risk dependent on location, time, masks etc.
Read 11 tweets

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