Back in August last year, I posted about a hypothesis that herd immunity had been reached in a Manaus Brazil, the Amazonian capital city with a population of 2 million people, where only 20% of the population of had been infected by covid-19. Manaus was once a symbol of the threat that the virus mightContinue reading “Brazilian variant causing a surge of covid-19 cases …..in Brazil !”
Its hard to believe that less than a year ago in early February 2020, we flew into Rio de Janeiro to start our South American cruise. There were no cases of Covid-19 in Brazil, and our cruise to Santaigo Chile via Cape Horn went ahead without incident. We were so lucky. In response to theContinue reading “Covid-19 : Brazilian variant sparks South America travel ban”
Nearly twenty years ago, I wrote a paper recommending that the large regional hospital where I worked build a “patient hotel” to help alleviate the winter pressures that the hospital experienced each year. Even then, this was not a new idea. Since the late 1980’s, hotels—not hospitals—specifically designed for sick people have been popping up throughout Scandinavia.Continue reading “Hotels to free up beds for critical Covid-19 cases”
When I started this blog back in April last year, I wanted it’s main purposes to be pulling together and curating alternative views that were not always covered by the relentless 24 hour news coverage of the Mainstream media. I also wanted to avoid any fake news, conspiracy theories, misinformation or propaganda, but this isContinue reading “Challenge to accuracy of reporting covid-19 deaths over Christmas period”
London’s hospitals are less than two weeks from being overwhelmed by covid-19 cases even under the ‘best’ case scenario, according to an official private briefing given to the capital’s most senior doctors on 6th January. Since then, the London Mayor has declared a major incident and in recent days, the daily UK death toll hasContinue reading “NHS in London in danger of collapsing”
Belatedly, and in line with most other countries, all travellers (including UK citizens) arriving in England from all international destinations will have to test negative for Covid-19 before entering the country. Travellers arriving from abroad will be required to have proof of a negative test taken a maximum of 72 hours before travel. Scotland plansContinue reading “Better late than never – negative covid test required to enter the UK”
In the midst of the surging pandemic, shocking scenes this evening after a rioting mob of President Trump’s supporters stormed the US Capitol, stopping the confirmation of Joe Biden as President elect, and forcing the evacuation of lawmakers. Four people died and there were multiple injuries. Trump eventually told the people attacking the Capitol toContinue reading “Pro-Trump rioters storm Capitol as Coronavirus numbers surge”
Yesterday was another big milestone in the pandemic. At 7.30 am, Brian Pinker, 82, a dialysis patient at the Churchill Hospital in Oxford became the first person to receive the Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine. More than half a million doses of the vaccine were ready for use on Monday, but the infrastructure for delivering that numberContinue reading “Lockdown Number 3 in England after start of Oxford vaccine roll-out”
After praising Tony Blair yesterday, I came across this article in Unherd.com (click full article) calling for him to brought back, and thinking about it, that’s not a bad idea. Even his detractors would agree that Blair was a decisive leader in a crisis, including the Foot and Mouth crisis, the death of Princess Diana,Continue reading “Bring back Tony Blair !!”
I have been saying for awhile that ex Prime Minister Tony Blair would have made a much better job of managing the pandemic. In February 2001, Blair personally took control of the foot and mouth crisis, and successfully managed it to its conclusion after it started to go wrong. Before Christmas, Blair was urging theContinue reading “Vaccine programme – Blair intervenes again !”
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