We Are Still Not Doing Enough Testing: A Case Study of New York and Liverpool Schools

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that “New York City on Wednesday will close public schools and nonessential businesses in parts of Brooklyn and Queens that have registered a week-long spike in coronavirus cases” Let’s look at New York and then compare to a UK city, Liverpool. Cases are high in some New York boroughs. …

Media Roundup Week ended 4 October 2020

Sky News https://youtu.be/iN0kUXK_0Ts?t=28 BBC Radio Five Live https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eTMW4lUjAGA Quoted on Sky News , Daily Express, Yahoo! News, Guardian BBC Local Radio, Independent Radio (Bauer Media syndicates) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MuurDpf3sp0 Background to Financial Times, Reuters, LBC, Guardian

Latest Cases Heatmap Analysis: 22 cases per 100,000 over-80-year-olds

Today’s analysis shows 22 cases per 100,000 in the over-80s population in England. To put this into context, the Government uses a rate of 20 cases per 100,000 in order to determine (with other factors) whether you should self isolate when you return from a country with this incidence of Covid-19. An interpretation would be: …

Coronavirus Media Roundup week ended 27 September 2020

Sky News including my cases heatmap analysis at 2:30 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uyjc1Gh2puM Channel 5 News https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=30V8YuRqw5g Quoted in the British Medical Journal(BMJ 2020; 370 :m3678 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.m3678 ) Quoted in The Observer / The Guardian … BBC Local Radio https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0QSa5YUuLZw And interviews on BBC Look North & BBC East Midlands Today; Background to BBC News, Reuters

Coronavirus Media Roundup week ended 20 September 2020

ITV Good Morning Britain https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g5RNGBlHF7k&t=4s Interviewed on BBC Five Live https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d3PZhuEY7L0 Sky News https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WRIM44Dqs4I Analysis shown on ITV Peston Daily Mail (Mail Online) and Yahoo! News UK BBC Local Radio (BBC Radio Leicester, BBC Radio Oxford, BBC Radio Berkshire) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2cYHyrHbOnE and background interviews for BBC, Bloomberg, Reuters.

Civil Servants Write Things Down

One thing civil servants learn is to write things down. Here is Academy of Medical Sciences 14 July report commissioned by the UK Chief Scientific Adviser. For the record. It sets out what was known in July, and clearly sets out what the Government needed to do at the time. Straight off the bat, we …

Heatmaps of COVID Cases in England

Click here to link to Loughborough University press release Public Health England have released their data on cases split by age and week. We can turn these into a map visualizing the transmission of the epidemic through ages of cases and through time. We do this by plotting a three-dimensional chart, a heatmap, where the …

Should We Be Concerned About COVID Transmission In Young People? Yes.

The case numbers for COVID-19 have risen significantly over the last few days and are now at just under 3,000 cases per day. We have been told by Minsiters and the Deputy Chief Medical Officer that these cases are primarily in young people. So, why should we be concerned with COVID transmission in young people …

Show Your Working: Model Quality Assurance in Government & Letter in Financial Times

School pupils have had a tough year. For those with examinations, such as A-levels, it has been even tougher. The Department for Education decreed that A-levels and GCSEs should not take place due to the COVID crisis. This meant that an alternative way of allocating grades to students needed to be found. To set the …

Data Sources for COVID-19 in England – Letter from PHE to Local Authorities

I have received a copy of the following letter from Public Health England to Local Authorities setting out the data sources available to local authories and the public. The letter is dated 9 July 2020 and I have redacted certain information. This should be useful for people wishing to understand what data is (and was) …