Friday 24 April

A big news day – 19,506 deaths so far, moving up to the 20k thought shocking several weeks ago, but also the testing website closing within hours and the revelations about the alleged independence of the government’s scientific advice source. Amid continuing talk about ‘ramping up capacity’ for COVID19 testing, it was reported that theContinue reading “Friday 24 April”

Wednesday 22 April

Besides the daily death toll, another depressing piece of news is Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty’s view that the UK will have to live with some social distancing measures for the rest of the year. Today’s Guardian editorial paints a reactive rather than proactive picture of the government’s COVID19 strategy, presenting an analysis of what’sContinue reading “Wednesday 22 April”

Monday 20 April

As we enter the 5th week of lockdown, the government issued two rebuttals to the searing Sunday Times article, one saying the article ‘contained a series of falsehoods and errors’, the second concerning a Financial Times story on efforts to source privately designed ventilators. On another rebuttal, Shadow Health Secretary Jonathan Ashworth told the SophyContinue reading “Monday 20 April”

Friday 17 April

In case anyone thought the lockdown extension was to be three weeks only, Dominic Raab has warned that the measures could last into June as ministers came under increasing pressure to set out a detailed plan to ease the stringent restrictions. I wonder how much of this is a delaying tactic because there’s still noContinue reading “Friday 17 April”

Wednesday 15 April

Late last night came the announcement that President Trump was withdrawing US funding from the World Health Organisation. How helpful is that at a time like this, as global deaths pass 125,000? The US is the largest contributor to WHO, so this begs the question of how that funding gap be closed when, arguably, WHOContinue reading “Wednesday 15 April”

Tuesday 14 April

Pensions and later life expert Baroness Ros Altmann is the latest public figure to highlight the plight of elderly people, ‘abandoned’ in care homes without the necessary level of care and care for the carers. It’s not surprising these residents could feel disturbed: those with dementia could struggle to understand why their loved ones areContinue reading “Tuesday 14 April”

Monday 13 April

It’s much cooler today so police forces shouldn’t have so much trouble monitoring the lockdown. As the death toll reached 10,600, the Government is again lambasted over the lack of PPE and tests, not to mention the absence of reliable stats on deaths in care homes and the community. To Matt Hancock’s assertion that it’sContinue reading “Monday 13 April”

Sunday 12 April

Last night the Guardian tweeted: ‘The Queen has given an Easter message to reassure the people of the UK that this pandemic can be beaten. The monarch’s speech is said to be her contribution to those marking the occasion at home’. Interestingly, the Queen didn’t appear in the 2 minute video, which mostly featured aContinue reading “Sunday 12 April”

Saturday 11 April

The long Easter weekend is upon us and during the last few days much time and energy has been expended by the media on the subject of lockdown, now into its fourth week – its viability during warm weather, different views as to its implementation, its possible extension and its gradual reduction as COVID19 casesContinue reading “Saturday 11 April”

Corona virus and mental health

Sunday 5 April 2020 “There are decades where nothing happens; and there are weeks where decades happen.” “There are decades where nothing happens; and there are weeks where decades happen.” ‘So said Vladimir Ilyich Lenin of the ferment of revolution, but he could just as easily have been talking about the 100 days that haveContinue reading “Corona virus and mental health”