What are we doing to our children?

June 19th, 2020

As children are returning to school throughout the world, many parents are still concerned about COVID19 and reluctant to let them go. Even young children are being asked to conform to social distancing, mask wearing and other mitigation behaviours, when all evidence Continue reading

Contact Tracing: a Bad Idea at the Wrong Time

June 9th, 2020

Contact tracing is now a central part of most government agendas in the monitoring and control of the COVID19 outbreak. It involves widespread tracing, testing and isolation. Is it too late for this strategy and does this level of monitoring and surveillance pose a threat to our privacy? Continue reading

What’s Happening in Africa? Govts Reject Lockdown

June 7th, 2020

An Overview of the Impact of Covid-19 on sub-Saharan Africa. Much of the attention on the COVID19 pandemic has focused on Europe, the US and China with the greatest number of deaths in Europe and the USA. However, Africa, the largest continent, has remained relatively Continue reading

The devastating COVID19 care home crisis

June 5th, 2020

On May 13th, the UK newspaper, The Guardian, reported the death toll in UK care homes may be double the official figure and could be as high as 22,000. The UK deaths from COVID19 now total almost 40,000, the highest in Europe.  Continue reading

5 Steps to Unlock the UK?

May 28th, 2020

Our comments on the UK Strategy:  In April the UK government outlined the following 5 steps needed to unlock the country. As of May 13th, the UK has loosened the lockdown restrictions but many restrictions remain in place. Are the government’s plans realistic or is it simply delaying releasing Continue reading

Prof Gupta, Oxford – COVID on its way out

May 23rd, 2020

Unherd spoke to Professor Gupta, Professor of Theoretical Epidemiology at Oxford University and head of the team that challenged the Imperial College’s prediction that triggered the global lockdown. She discusses anti-bodies, Infection Fatality rate, Lockdown, the UK government’s Continue reading

Sweden and Tanzania: resisting lockdown

May 20th, 2020

Sweden has stood out as an alternative example of how to deal with COVID19. Instead of imposing a full lockdown, based on the recommendations and mathematical models of experts in the field, they chose a more voluntary form of social distancing, closing large gatherings and protecting the elderly, but otherwise Continue reading

Pharma monopoly? Medical colonialism? Alive and well

May 17th, 2020

‘I believe you have to be willing to be misunderstood if you’re going to innovate.’ ~ Jeff Bezos
The WHO announced the world is in the grip of a devastating pandemic, millions of deaths are predicted and in order to stop the spread of SARS-cov-2, the virus that causes COVID19, the world’s economy Continue reading

Ten Reasons to End the Lockdown Now

May 12th, 2020

Dr John Lee, recently retired pathologist and former NHS consultant pathologist, wrote an insightful article about the numbers in order to bring some clarity at a time when media hysteria was at its zenith. We quoted him in our own ongoing analysis of the numbers. In the face of a rising death rate, Continue reading

Different Reactions to COVID19 Across Africa

May 9th, 2020

In South Africa, Shabir Madhi, a director at the South African Medical Research Council and professor of vaccinology at the University of Witwatersrand, said the the virus could be with us for a few years. “ We must be clear. This is not a three to six-month project. This is not the 2020 phenomenon. Continue reading

What’s Happening in Tanzania and Kenya

May 8th, 2020

Both countries share a long border in East Africa, with expansive coastlines into the Indian Ocean. They have a similar sized population, between 53-59 million people. Tanzania is approximately ½ as big again as Kenya with large areas of natural preserve. Kenya has a dry, more sparsely populated Continue reading

UK Govt: We are guided by the science. What science?

May 5th, 2020

The UK has been under lockdown / house arrest for six long weeks, the economy has been put on hold, income has vanished, parents are now teachers and people isolated from their friends and families. By and large the Brits, encouraged by Johnson’s evocation of the war-time “your country needs you”, Continue reading

Looking at the numbers

May 4th, 2020

Trevor Gunn takes a look at the numbers for COVID19 – the predictions, the assumptions, and how the numbers are being calculated.

Lockdown in South Africa Update May 4th

May 4th, 2020

South Africa enacted 5 levels of lockdown in response to the COVID-19 crisis. They have just relaxed it from Level 5 to Level 4 on May 1st, although the joke in South Africa is that it is really Level 4.75. Not much has changed. You can exercise in the morning, but have to be back inside by 9am!! Continue reading

Is a Vaccine the answer to COVID19?

May 3rd, 2020

It is now a fundamental assumption amongst governments and health experts world wide that a new vaccine for COVID-19 is the only solution to the current pandemic crisis. Billions of dollars, backed by taxpayers money and through philanthropic donations are being channelled to pharmaceutical companies to fast track a new vaccine to the market Continue reading