ED: Headline entirely my responsibility

By Brenda Steele:

The Scotsman’s Gina Davidson [former Labour SPAD and speech-writer] should have already known the full details as this earlier article, by Katharine Hay, shows:

https://www.scotsman.com/health/coronavirus/scottish-government-reveals-day-day-account-and-details-edinburgh-nike-conference-covid-19-outbreak-2851046  dated 12th May

The Scottish Government has issued a day-by-day account of what happened during the Edinburgh Nike conference following reports of it being “Ground Zero” for COVID-19.


To my mind this shows how difficult Test, Trace, Isolate is – given the fact that the individual did not get tested until AFTER they had left Scotland as related by this from the above article

“The individual was not based in the UK and had tested positive on returning home, having previously been in an area at high risk of COVID-19.

The fact that this virus is highly infectious BEFORE symptoms appear makes full trace very difficult.  In the case of asymptomatic victims or those who do not show symptoms at the median point (4-5 days) tracing may be all but impossible.  A competent journalist should know this.