I’d been hoping to finish this blog with a final post about vaccines, but I’ve been asked enough times about the new coronavirus variant in the South East of England over the last few days to see that a lot of people are worried about this. So I will do my best to explain whatContinue reading “Tier 4, mutant new-strain COVID”
I’d been planning to finish this blog when the first vaccine was approved, which may be close but not quite yet, so I’ll save writing about that for the moment. Instead, I thought I’d give my thoughts on the current situation in the UK in about a 10 minute read (no pressure…). This was incrediblyContinue reading “Do we need to bother with COVID?”
We are now entering the ‘Endgame‘ of this blog – there’s only 4 more posts to go after this one about the science of our situation, as I see it. I was hoping to post about ‘second’ waves this time, but instead I feel I need to write one last time about our current situationContinue reading “Do we already know the answer?”
A lot changed across the UK (and indeed Europe and the world) in the last week that may leave many people very worried… I’d like to apologise for the delay in this post about second waves, this has been one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to write because I know I’m not anContinue reading “The ‘second’ wave (the first part)”
The COVID warning level has decreased to 3, the 2-metre rule is becoming 1, and the pubs are re-opening! Can we all now safely face-palm the government’s initial response (god I miss touching my face), storm the beaches, and finally start licking door-knobs again? Unfortunately not… and I imagine changes in rules on July 4thContinue reading “Masks & distancing from the 4th of July”
I had hoped to keep this blog out of politics and focussed on science, but I don’t think I can really avoid bleach/UV-gate. People are free to have their opinions of Trump and his policies, I won’t dispute these and I’ll try my best not to be rude, but we do need to be clearContinue reading “The reason why bleach can NEVER cure COVID-19”
It seems like pretty much every day there is some new drug that’s supposed to work against COVID-19, e.g. hydroxychloroquine, ibuprofen, nicotine, remdesivir… Then the next day, they don’t work… I wanted to talk a bit about when we could get excited by one of these, going via our understanding of ‘the truth’ and aContinue reading “The drugs don’t work… Or they do… Or don’t… Or do…”
My previous posts covered why we had to lockdown when we did, how we know it worked, and why we are easing now. That brings us to the present where we are being told to keep R (the average number of people that one person with COVID infects) below 1 to avoid a second peak.Continue reading “R and why we need to keep social distancing”
In this post I wanted to touch a bit on these growing questions of “did we really need to lockdown?” and “did it actually do anything?”, but to answer those first I think we need to discuss a little about how with think about the virus. So let’s get stuck in…. The graphs in PostContinue reading “Lockdown – why we had to act when we did, and how we know it worked.”
In this post I would like to discuss a little more of the data around lockdown that shows why we are able to start easing this now. Post 3 discussed how we could be easing lockdown when the number of confirmed cases from testing in the UK looks like it is remaining constant: Following this, someoneContinue reading “Lockdown – how come we are easing? (Part II)”
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