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
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?
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
WHAT IS THIS? These are pen portraits of possible scenarios for viral contagion and government response in the UK. They give some broad indication of what the status of contagion will be dependent on accompanying government measures. I am trying to give myself a starting point for thinking how to plan for the next two … Continue reading [DRAFT] Scenarios for C19 in the UK
A longstanding Cuban antiviral is being reported as one of the medications used in China for people infected with COVID-19 coronavirus (C19). It acts as "a protective mechanism, preventing patients from getting worse, reaching a severe stage, with death as the outcome". The antiviral is 'Interferon Alpha 2b'. It has proven effective for viruses with … Continue reading Interferons, Plants and Viruses: One ‘likely’ way to prepare yourself for C19 and other viral infections