BBC Scotland expert criticises PM and Kaye Adams

For some time now Jillian Evans, head of health intelligence at NHS Grampian, has been Reporting Scotland’s go-to for epidemiology, ahead of profs Sridhar and Bauld, both clearly dangerously prone to say something positive about the FM or the Scottish Government’s pandemic measures.

Today, at least on the website, Evans has told some truths uncomfortable for those covering the PM and for BBC Scotland’s radio call-in shows such as GMS, Mornings with Kay Adams or Drivetime with John Beattie.

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Only days ago, Kaye Adams was asking callers if we should follow the PMs impulsive decision to end all pandemic measures by the end of the month.

Three days ago, he said:

Provided the current encouraging trends in the data continue, it is my expectation that we will be able to end the last remaining domestic restrictions, including the legal requirement to self-isolate if you test positive, a full month early.

https://www.reuters.com/business/healthcare-pharmaceuticals/uk-pm-johnson-says-end-covid-self-isolation-requirement-this-month-2022-02-09/

Evan is reported as saying:

Advice from the scientific community and the WHO (World Health Organization) is when you’re coming out of a peak or a spike, you do so slowly and you do so cautiously. I would argue at this point in time, certainly the potential of removal of self-isolation would be a step too far. The worst thing that could happen is that we remove things too quickly and we end up undoing a lot of the good that we’ve done and worked so hard for.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-60359600

It will be very interesting to see if this goes beyond the website to Reporting Scotland today.

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5 thoughts on “BBC Scotland expert criticises PM and Kaye Adams

  1. John, she actually said this on GMS, a more extended report on what she said was in the National yesterday https://www.thenational.scot/news/19919921.covid-isolation-rules-scottish-expert-jillian-evans-urges-caution/

    Pacific Quay (and/or the Scotland Office) badly misjudged last week’s propaganda drive to promote the Prime Charlatan’s “initiative”, with even a substantial majority of public opinion in England being self-isolation should stay.

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  2. On Monday 7th Feb the Covid-19 cases in the town (pop ca 12,000) stood at 29 by Friday 11th Feb the case numbers were up at 76. Not by any stretch of the imagination is this anywhere near over.

    Furthermore those who punt Omicron as a ‘mild’ infection ignore the downstream consequences of infection which can result in heart problems, lung problems and adverse effects on the brain. There is growing evidence of this delayed consequence of the ‘mild’ infection.

    There is also the sub-strain of Omicron, BA2, which seems to be even more transmissible and is beginning to spread quite rapidly.

    If the UK Gov gets it’s way it will all but stop all testing except in several defined and limited cases and stop the ONS survey which will mean that we will be flying blind as far as knowing what is happening with regard to viral infections with Sars-Cov2

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    1. Indeed it is disconcerting just how much disinformation there is in circulation, some from purported experts…

      Caught a snippet from the lad (Spector?) who runs Zoe, currently isolating with Omicron, who recounted all the symptoms he had personally experienced.
      However, what he spotted was that official advice on symptoms hadn’t been updated for over a year, and in follow-up research with contacts, he confirmed many of the symptoms he had experienced were common, and entirely at odds with official guidance.
      Ridiculous was one polite observation…

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      1. I have seen more than a few comments over the last few months by the likes of Prof Pagel and others from Independent SAGE about the fact that the symptoms have not been updated.

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