Scotsman uses flawed English research to try to sabotage schools return

The Scotsman

This is a repeat but the Scotsman needs it.

Dr Deepti Gurdasani of Queen Mary University of London is not the first English academic brought on to BBC Scotland, ignorant of the new context they find themselves in, but quickly applying their opinions as if they somehow know better. Do they ever wonder why no Scottish academic has been set up against a senior Scottish minister?

Gurdasani makes no pretence of presenting her data as even UK-wide, clearly content that things up there are probably just the same as in the English cities from which her data derive.

Gurdasani says that in the data she is seeing, in England, primary school age children ‘had the highest prevalence of all age groups.’

Might the far higher infection levels across England and far far higher in inner cities with large minority populations, a prevalence of over-crowded vertical families and a deep distrust of government, affect the extent to which children in schools are likely to be infected and to infect family members?

The Scottish Government has its own team of expert advisers and bases its actions upon their independent advice. Why should they listen to one researcher, no harm to her, helicoptered in to contradict the Deputy First Minister and to undermine, irresponsibly, public confidence?

If BBC Scotland feel the need for non-Scottish expertise, how about the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control? Here’s what they said on the 23rd December:

Children of all ages are susceptible to and can transmit SARS-CoV-2. Younger children appear to be less susceptible to infection, and when infected, less often lead to onward transmission than older children and adults.

8 thoughts on “Scotsman uses flawed English research to try to sabotage schools return

  1. And just when are the MSM
    Seekers of Truth
    Answers on the back of a postage stamp
    And all in Capital letters please
    Only blunt pencils allowed to scribe


  2. This seems to be a copy and paste job of an earlier blog post to which I made this reply.

    FEBRUARY 22, 2021 AT 1:23 PM
    This is from The Lancet, last December.

    The role of schools and school-aged children in SARS-CoV-2 t

    “Two large-scale, population-based swabbing studies have been set up in the UK in which households6 or individuals7 are randomly selected and offered a test for the presence of SARS-CoV-2. Both studies have shown that since September, when schools, universities, and colleges have been fully open, the highest rates of infection have been observed in young adults (about 18–25 years old). However, the next highest prevalence has been observed in secondary school children (11–18 years old), suggesting that they are likely to be an important source of infection to peers and others rather than a sink. Yet, primary school children (5–11 years old) have been found to have an infection prevalence comparable to that of working-aged adults.6, 7″

    ,” but quickly applying their opinions as if they somehow know better.” Are you suggesting she is wrong? I have not watched BBC programmes much so have not heard what was said.”

    Opening up schools in whatever country risks spreading the covid. The risk is greater with greater prevalence in a community.

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  3. I would keep kids off school unless identified as vulnerable, or kids of key workers etc. As long as it is set in stone that they have access to the internet and appropriate secure devices, you know younger kids are natural learners, let’s give them some credit. With some guidance, and self learning, and of course for wee ones, some level of organised play, most like being social, they will thrive. School is only one way of doing things and some kids love that environment, and some kids find it utterly hellish.

    Afraid I am of the view that kids will learn in the right setting, and for now, home might be the safest place, for most anyway. Parents and teachers don’t have to spend hours and hours with kids in lesson style settings, just chat, get them to ask questions, give them goals, the kids I mean lol, see what they can find out for themselves, what their strengths are, and there are so many interactive facilities online for them, it could be language, arts, sciences etc. It’s infinite. Maybe we need to change the structure of education, after all the structure of society really has changed over the past year or so, and not sure it can revert back to how it was, for the foreseeable, and, do we want or need it to? Big questions

    Here is the wonderful Sir Ken Robinson, I have posted it before I think. Sadly no longer with us, his wit and intelligence shone through, an inspiration.

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  4. “A key factor in the spread of Covid-19 in schools is symptomless cases. Most scientists believe that between 30% and 40% of adults do not display any Covid symptoms on the day of testing, even if they have been infected. For children, however, this figure is higher.

    “It is probably more like 50% for those in secondary school while for boys and girls in primary school, around 70% may not be displaying symptoms even though they have picked up the virus,” says Professor Martin Hibberd of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

    That is a large proportion of symptom-free disease-carriers within a population. What is not yet known is just how much infection is being passed on by this cohort of young symptom-free carriers. It is a critically important issue, and one that will play a key role in determining the effect of Covid-19 on the people of Britain in the next few weeks, say researchers.

    Unfortunately a definitive answer on the infectiousness of young people remains tantalisingly out of reach, although there is evidence to suggest that people who don’t display symptoms of Covid-19 may have lower viral loads, which means they are less likely to infect others.

    This tendency correlates with age, so younger children have lower viral loads. As a result, they are less likely to display symptoms – and also less likely to pass on the virus. “It’s a real possibility but we cannot yet be sure,” says Hibberd.

    One solution to the problem is to increase testing in schools. This would require the widespread deployment of rapid testing, particularly with the lateral flow method, which is easily administered and gives results in less than half an hour. It is less accurate than the standard PCR swab test, however, and there have been concerns about a high level of false negative results leading to the continued spread of the new, more infectious, variant of the coronavirus.”


    1. Sam
      Indeed the lateral flow test may be considered by those responsible for analysing
      And advising upon the results what action required
      As beingyou standing at the crease bat in hand
      And then you bowled a curved,bouncing,spinning and fast ball
      One wrong move by the batter
      YOU OUT


  5. The children/parents and carers are ecstatic the children are back at school. They are delighted. Well done Scottish Gov. Once again ahead.

    The excellent Scottish Education system. Thanks to everyone for their great effort.


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