Dr Ali G #NHSBlueHeartšŸ’™ #FBNHS #PleaseWearAMaskšŸ˜· Profile picture
NHS Dr #CovidisAirborne #MakeSchoolsSafe #MasksInClassrooms #EuropeanAlwaysšŸ‡ŖšŸ‡ŗ #RefugeesWelcome #CharacterMatters #Hope #BeKindšŸ’ž
22 Jun
1/10 How fortunate to have both @lensiseethrough & @JuliaHB1 in one place together!

Molly, Julia & @UsforThemUK - Letā€™s put the physical risks of #COVID19 & #LongCovid to individual children & adolescents to one side for a moment.
2/ And letā€™s also ignore the devastating effect on any child, of a close family member having serious #COVID19, #LongCovid or dying from #COVID.
3/ And for completeness letā€™s just forget that EVERY SINGLE ONE OF US wants to ā€œget back to normalā€ & for the final restrictions to be safely easedā€¦..

LETā€™S FOCUS SOLELY ON EDUCATION!
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21 Jun
1/9 Dear @adilray, you & @susannareid100 are 2 of few presenters prepared fo challenge government rhetoric.

Can you ask @MattHancock why, in the face of ā¬†ļøcases & hospitalisations of the #DeltaVariant, schools have virtually no mitigations to ā¬‡ļøtransmission of an #airbornešŸ¦ ?
2/ Children account for a significant proportion of ā¬†ļøcases (10,000+ today) & can transmit #COVID19 to their families.

A worrying number of children have got #LongCovid (maybe 10%) & campaigners are trying to prevent them being vaccinated.
CV/CEV kids are a particular concern. ImageImage
3/ There are several weeks of term left & ā¬†ļønumbers of schools have outbreaks, risking not only the health of pupils, staff & families but also MORE EDUCATIONAL DISRUPTION.

WHY are the lives of CHILDREN being dismissed so callously?

WHY is NOTHING being done to protect them?
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14 Jun
1/11 Just for 1 minute, put acute #COVID & #LongCovid to one side.

How exactly do those in the #DfE, #UsForThem, #CRG & the #HartGroup intend to protect children from more educational disruption w/ a highly contagious virus whirling its way through schools across the UK?

How?
2/The ongoing educational damage done by CHOOSING NOT to adequately & effectively mitigate for an #airborne virus w/in UK schools (English esp) was completely avoidable.

IT WAS (& CONTINUES TO BE) A CHOICE, sanctioned by Gvmt AND a mostly complicit media.
3/ Our political leaders chose to follow a THEORETICAL #HerdImmunity ā€œstrategyā€ with a novel virus which RELIED ON unmitigated spread within young, fit parts of society & FACTORED IN that sadly some of those would also become seriously ill or die.
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27 May
1/ @AndrewBowie_MP on #PoliticsLive, repeating ad nauseam, the predictable #Tory lines that EVERYTHING #DominicCummings said yesterday was only HIS OPINION, that we must focus our minds on the #VaccinationRollout & that ā€œPEOPLEā€ just donā€™t care.
2/ Like the many thousands of HCW & SCW colleagues who have worked right through the pandemic caring for ppl with #COVID19 & putting our lives (& the lives of our families) at risk on a daily basis w/ inadequate #PPE, I CARE VERY MUCH!
3/ The success of the #NHS #VaccineRollout CANNOT wipe away the trauma of all the lives lost & irrevocably damaged in the last year, much of it PREDICTED, AVOIDABLE & UNNECESSARY.

And I will not stand by letting this merry band of sycophantic @Conservatives MPs try to do so.
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27 May
1/ Like HCWs across the UK, #Teachers, school staff & those working in #earlyyears settings, have repeatedly been expected to work with inadequate #PPE, in conditions where the risk of catching #COVID19 is HIGH.
Like too many HCWs across the UK, they have been denied BASIC PROTECTIONS against an #Airborne šŸ¦ .

#VentilationMatters
#MasksSaveLives
2/Like so many HCWs across the UK, some have lost their lives or been left with #LongCovid UNNECESSARILY!

& like the families of 1000s of HCWs in the UK, too many are grieving the loss of loved ones that were PREDICTABLE AND AVOIDABLE.
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27 May
1/ Where is @GavinWilliamson?

Whatever your opinion of #DominicCummings his testimony FITS with whatā€™s happened on the ground in our #COVID19UK experience.

Little mention of schools but school children, families & staff are STILL NOT BEING PROTECTED ADEQUATELY...NOW...TODAY!
2/ School-age children, many parents & young staff are
UNVACCINATED against an #Airborne šŸ¦ .

HOW MUCH LONGER must we wait for @GavinWilliamson @educationgovuk @NickGibbUK & @halfon4harlowMP UNDERSTAND BASIC SCIENCE?

english.elpais.com/society/2020-1ā€¦
3/ IF they CANā€™T, or WONā€™T, understand & accept that #COVIDisAirborne & that #VentilationMatters & #MasksSaveLives
then quite simply theyā€™re unfit to be in positions of such power.

Department for Education had no Covid plan, say MPs bbc.co.uk/news/educationā€¦
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26 May
1/6 The figures are indeed devastating Mr Hunt & #ventilation in healthcare settings MUST be improved.

BUT you fail to comment on the INADEQUATE LEVEL of #PPE STILL worn by so many HCWs which undoubtedly resulted in many patients becoming infected as well as HCW illness & death.
2/HCWs are justified in being angry & patients have a right to be angry too.
The failings of UK Gvmt & @PHE_uk on #PPE are significant.

#OperationCygnus results ignored.

Downgrading #COVID19 from the list of HCIDs.

#VIP lane for contracts but known #PPE suppliers ignored.
3/Would you feel SAFE caring for patients w/ known or suspected #COVID19 in a FRSMšŸ˜·& plastic apron?

We know that those working in A+E, acute medical units & primary care are particularly vulnerable, seeing patients when they are likely to be highly infectious.
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25 May
1/Those of the ā€œbut thereā€™s no significant transmission in schoolsā€ persuasion must surely now accept that whether itā€™s kidsāž”ļøparents or parentsāž”ļøkids, a HUGEā¬†ļøin CASES in SCHOOL AGE KIDS & PARENTS of SCHOOL-AGE KIDS is NOT GOOD, as theyā€™re mostly UNVACCINATED!
#WlifulNegligence
2/ Please TAKE THIS SERIOUSLY @GavinWilliamson @NickGibbUK @halfon4harlowMP & @educationgovuk.

Failure to adequately protect so many children & young adults from AVOIDABLE INFECTION after 15Ms is a completely unacceptable abuse of your power.
You cannot claim ignorance again!
3/ I promise you #PrimeMinister , I & many like me whoā€™ve repeatedly BEGGED you to #MakeSchoolsSafe by effectively mitigating for an #Airborne šŸ¦ ,WILL NOT FORGET or FORGIVE YOU for what youā€™ve done!
Natural #HerdImmunity was always the plan,at least have the decency to admit it.
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24 May
1/ Tragically I can @carolecadwalla.

From the v start of the pandemic, #PHE have made a number of decisions that have definitely NOT been in the publicā€™s or healthcare workersā€™ interest & will have resulted in many more lives lost or irrevocably damaged than was necessary.
2/ Downgrading #COVID19 from the list of HCIDs was one such example.

Few HCWs doubt that the decision was based on supplies of #PPE available.
Anyone in doubt should try to watch this @BBCPanorama by Richard Bilton which is bizarrely no longer available?!
3/ @DrRCoull & I were 2 of many GPs who raised concerns last yr over the LEVEL of #PPE HCWs expected to wear when dealing directly w/ confirmed or suspected #COVID19 pts.
@drmeenalviz @ThePalpitations @DAUK_GP & @EveryDoctorUK @DrSimonHodes +others REPEATEDLY RAISED THE ISSUE
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21 May
1/3 You raise a V GOOD POINT!

Why are 600+ MPs STILL allowed such different conditions to millions of schoolchildren & thousands of staff? If itā€™s not safe for them to be packed in to the @HouseofCommons w/out šŸ˜·s, how & why is it safe for those in schools @BorisJohnson?
2/The claim that itā€™s safe to go to shops/bars/restaurants/gyms/cinemas/theatres/beauty salons/fly abroad/go to a rave/work in or attend school but THEY are allowed šŸ˜·s & to socially distance is as disingenuous as any theyā€™ve thrust upon us.

Either BOTH are safe or NEITHER are!
3/ So a genuine question to the #PrimeMinister & @10DowningStreet .....

Why are MPs in the @HouseofCommons & those in the @UKHouseofLords, the majority of whom will be vaccinated, still being given such health & safety privileges which protect both them & their families?
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20 May
1/5 Dear @susannareid100 & @adilray & @gmb, millions of school children, families & teachers across the country urgently need your help.
Masks are no longer required leaving pupils & 1000s of unvaccinated/partially vaccinated adults <40 vulnerable to #COVID19 & #LongCovid.
2/ W/ case numbers of the #IndianVariant ā¬†ļø sharply in many parts of the UK, Iā€™m utterly mystified that weā€™re allowing so many young ppl & children to be exposed to #coronavirus every day theyā€™re in school.

We donā€™t know enough about this #COVIDVariant yet to be so reckless.
3/ Just like the failure to put #India on the #RedList soon enough, the decision to remove the šŸ˜·mandate from schools will certainly result in more #COVID & #LongCovid cases.
It is too early to know whether hospitalisations & deaths will rise too.
We can but hope they donā€™t.
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20 May
1/10 So #UsForThem, not satisfied with removing one of the very few protections our children have from #COVID19 , want to rob them of the chance to be vaccinated against it too?

Next theyā€™ll recommend we shouldnā€™t brush their teeth without consent!
#COVIDVaccination
2/ Anyone with any knowledge of a world before routine childhood vaccinations will know that children suffered a great deal from diseases that we luckily rarely seen now.

Acute illness, long term morbidity & death.

Take a look at the UK childhood vaccination programmeā¬‡ļø.
3/Molly Kingsleyā€™s recent writings seek once again to misinform & confuse, to put aā“ over what is responsible parenting.

She implies that children must be able to give informed consent for #COVIDVaccination for it to have any validity.

Who consents for the IMMs above Molly?
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19 May
1/12 How anyone who claims to care about children can read this thread & look at these figures, & still think ā€œOh yes, this was a good time to remove šŸ˜·s from secondary schools!ā€

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 ā¬†ļøcases of the #IndianVariant.

A local school has an outbreak, a whole yr groupā€™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 donā€™t yet understand? Image
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18 May
1/6 Can someone please ask the #PrimeMinister @ tomorrowā€™s #PMQs whether he has any idea what the answers to these questions are?

Ideally @Keir_Starmer or @kate_green?
But in the absence of @UKLabourā€™s support 4 effective mitigations in schools Iā€™m not holding me breath.
2/This ā€œhuman experimentā€ is being conducted on CHILDREN FGS!

They may have parents who are not yet vaccinated or CEV. There are large numbers of teaching staff who are <40.

How is this even remotely ethical @MattHancock?
3/ We have the #IndianVariant spreading across the country...v few mitigations left in place...households mixing freely in many indoor settings...school children no longer required to #WearAMask

& GVMT ARE CONDUCTING A HUMAN TRIAL on CHILDREN & ARE KEEPING THE RESULTS SECRET!
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16 May
For any parent or teacher who believes that the Gvmt is being ā€œguided by the scienceā€, following ā€œdata not datesā€ & has the best interests of your children & family at heart, today is a good day to read these articles from @NafeezAhmed @BylineTimes.
Thereā€™s NOTHING ā€œwe are a grass roots parents groupā€ about the people pulling the strings of government, resulting in decisions that have directly affected the lives of pupils, staff & families of both.

#UsForThem, aka #ForMeNotYou, do not care about YOUR CHILD or ANY STAFF!
Their #NoMasksInClass campaign, the results of which begin tomorrow, has nothing to do w/ education or keeping children safe.
The vast majority of children understand that being asked to #WearAMask at school is a very small price to pay for keeping others safe & them at school.
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9 May
#TotalTriage is failing patients w/ skin cancers which are often picked up by chance, when examining someoneā€™s back, abdomen, limbs.
The normalisation of management without examination will lead to many more skin cancer diagnoses being delayed or missed.

thetimes.co.uk/article/0bb2c1ā€¦
#TotalTriage is a ā€œnon-holisticā€ form of medicine, which bares no resemblance to the job I trained to do when I did my vocational training.

@NHSEngland @DHSCgovuk & @MattHancock need to listen to what so many experienced GPs are saying before ā€œembeddingā€ this model further.
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8 May
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.
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@BorisJohnson
telegraph.co.uk/politics/2021/ā€¦
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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1 Apr
1) Morning @GavinWilliamson, just reading the update from @PHE_uk @GOVUK below ā¬‡ļø.
gov.uk/government/pubā€¦
2) Wondering how this particular bit of advice ā¬‡ļø 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 Iā€™ve understood it correctly anywhere in the RED AREAS needs extra attention?

INDOORS āœ…
HIGH OCCUPANCY āœ…
SILENT, SPEAKING, SHOUTING, SINGING, PHYSICAL EXERTION āœ…
POORLY VENTILATED āœ…
& NO FACE COVERINGS ā¬†ļø THE RISK
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30 Mar
1) Yā€™day I saw a patient who wanted this story told.

The 40+ yr old X was diagnosed w/ #Covid19 on 24th Dec.
Xā€™s teenage daughter was sent home from school to isolate during the last week of term after a friend developed #Covid.
X was previously fit & well, on no medication.
2) X spent 2 weeks in January in hospital, followed by a month in bed at home.
By March X started to improve a bit but due to overwhelming symptoms of breathlessness on exertion, fatigue & ā€œbrain fogā€ was able to do very little.
3) X could not work & a referral to the #LongCovid clinic followed.

Over recent days X became more breathless & incapacitated which eventually resulted in hospital admission.
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28 Mar
1) I read w/ interest the 24/3 @hartgroup_org #Covid19 bulletin.

ā€..there is no evidence that masks significantly ā¬‡ļø transmission when worn routinely in REAL-WORLD SETTINGS.ā€

A RCT of šŸ˜·wearing during a pandemic of an #airborne šŸ¦ would surely be completely unethical? ImageImage
2)ā€...face coverings are fuelling widespread, irrational fear when the current viral threat is very low & the vulnerable have been vaccinated.ā€

The ā¬‡ļøin cases has completely flattened & the majority of vulnerable ppl have had 1 vaccine dose.
Fear of an #airborne šŸ¦ IS RATIONAL.
3) ā€œHart believes the Government should now lift the *mask* mandate & allow ppl to decide for themselves whether to wear one.ā€

A group of scientists, healthcare professionals & psychologists etc believe THIS is the right moment to ditch the wearing of šŸ˜·s?
Staggering!
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28 Mar
1) Cases in schools have ā¬†ļø 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 ā¬‡ļø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 #airbornešŸ¦  that can cause severe illness, death & long term morbidity.

IT IS NOT TOO LATE TO IMPROVE MITIGATIONS & SAVE LIVES!
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