Notes of Covid as approach end of 2021

“The development of a safe, effective and cheap vaccine, however, is only a first step towards community-wide control. Epidemiological, economic and motivational issues are at least as important as technological ones.” Nature, 1985 Vaccine implementation defines the efficacy of vaccines role in influencing a pandemic. How, when, to whom, by whom, where, why, timescale are … Continue reading Notes of Covid as approach end of 2021

Europeans and Omicron: The Children of Hercules

This pandemic isn’t a random mutation of Nature. It’s a living product of imperial imagination In Cyprus, the island of Aphrodite, I combed through 12,000 years of evidence on how people have related to ‘Nature’. Notably, a key shift toward a binary between people and ‘Nature’ was the ‘othering’ of life outside fixed imperial settlements. … Continue reading Europeans and Omicron: The Children of Hercules

Life ≠ Quarantine

https://twitter.com/avi_khalil/status/1258017287182995462?s=20 The social shock of a global pandemic has started to subside, in particular the fearful novelty for people in countries less familiar with experiencing zoonotic epidemics. Of course, the short term impacts of each countries reactions to the spectre of contagion are ongoing. But what about the longterm? Whilst many will continue to self … Continue reading Life ≠ Quarantine

COVID-19 testing is the bottleneck in managing the pandemic. Can we open-source testing?

People in East Asia learnt from SARS, that open knowledge networks across society are the best way to enable people to contextually coordinate and adapt to a pandemic. Opaque decisions informing a command-and-control attitude cost lives and increase the dangers associated with broad interventions from above. I have indicated here and here why this is … Continue reading COVID-19 testing is the bottleneck in managing the pandemic. Can we open-source testing?

What culling corvids tells me about the UK government response to COVID-19

I spent five years of my life trying to work out why people around me were shooting so many corvids (crows and magpies). They told me the corvids were stealing their partridges and rabbits. What I saw was that it was fun to spend the day with some friends out roaming the countryside. I saw … Continue reading What culling corvids tells me about the UK government response to COVID-19