Inadequate Testing And Corruption Driving UK Pandemic

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Fear seems to be consistent force of peoples everyday lives in 2021. It is time to look at facts and rationalise what we know.

Science is being suppressed for political and financial gain. Covid-19 has unleashed state corruption on a grand scale, and it is harmful to public health.[1]

The UK’s pandemic response relies too heavily on scientists and other government appointees with worrying competing interests, including shareholdings in companies that manufacture covid-19 diagnostic tests, treatments, and vaccines.[2]

Government appointees are able to ignore and cherry pick science—another form of misuse—and indulge in anti-competitive practices that favour their own products and those of friends and associates.

The stakes are high for politicians, scientific advisers, and government appointees. Their careers and bank balances may hinge on the decisions that they make. But they have a higher responsibility and duty to the public.

Science is a public good. It doesn’t need to be followed blindly, but it does need to be fairly considered.

Importantly, suppressing science, whether by delaying publication, cherry picking favourable research, or gagging scientists, is a danger to public health, causing deaths by exposing people to unsafe or ineffective interventions and preventing them from benefiting from better ones.

UK’s £100bn “Operation Moonshot” to roll out mass testing for covid-19 to cities and universities around the country raises two key questions.

How infectious are people who test positive but have no symptoms? And, what is their contribution to transmission of live virus?

Unusually in disease management, a positive test result is the sole criterion for a covid-19 case. Normally, a test is a support for clinical diagnosis, not a substitute.

This lack of clinical oversight means we know very little about the proportions of people with positive results who are truly asymptomatic throughout the course of their infection.

It’s also unclear to what extent people with no symptoms transmit SARS-CoV-2. The only test for live virus is viral culture.

PCR and lateral flow tests do not distinguish live virus. No test of infection or infectiousness is currently available for routine use.[3][4][5]

As things stand, a person who tests positive with any kind of test may or may not have an active infection with live virus, and may or may not be infectious.[6]

To Summarise the PCR and Lateral Testing is inadequate and has failed to provide any real success against the pandemic. In all studies relating to children Child-to-adult transmission was found in one occasion [7]

Children appear to have a low observed case rate of COVID-19 but may have rates similar to adults of infection with SARS-CoV-2.

This discrepancy may be because children are asymptomatic or too mildly infected to draw medical attention and be tested and counted in observed cases of COVID-19.

SARS-CoV-2 infection is mainly asymptomatic or mild during childhood. Adults appear to play a key role in spread of the virus in families.[8][9][10]

With all this now evidenced, seeing recent headlines from the mainstream media claiming PCR tests are picking up viral particles of the common cold it really is no surprise.

On Thursday 23 January, Transparency International published the latest edition of the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI). The United Kingdom came in joint 12th (with 77 points out of 100) out of 180 countries and territories.11

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