Nearly 500 doctors and academics wrote a letter to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson – just hours after the US elections were “decided” – informing him that the official Covid data is “exaggerated” and that to speak of a second wave of Covid is “misleading”.
The letter criticized the government’s handling of the virus and said the response to the pandemic was “out of proportion” to the risk, according to the Daily Mail.
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The group of scientists, doctors and academics also claimed that the UK’s second wave ‘has already peaked’:
Professor Tim Spector, who heads the Covid Symptom Study app to track the spread of Covid-19 in the UK, confirmed there were “ positive signs ” that the country had “ passed the summit of the second wave ”.
The letter is titled “First Do No Harm”. It comes a day after the UK confirmed 24,957 positive tests, up 13.9% from the previous week’s total. Immunologist Dr Charlotte R Bell, pediatrician Dr Rosamond Jones and Keith Willison, professor of chemical biology at Imperial College were among those who signed the letter.
“The management of the crisis has become disproportionate and is now doing more harm than good”, it says. “We urge policymakers to remember that this pandemic, like all pandemics, will eventually go away, but the social and psychological damage it causes is likely to become permanent.
“After the first justifiable response to Covid-19, the evidence base now shows a different picture,” he continues.
“The problem of functional false positive rates has still not been addressed and in particular in the context of the low prevalence of the disease where false positives are likely to significantly exceed true positives and further have a poor correlation with infected person. Along with this we have the problem that it is normal to see an increase in illnesses and deaths during the winter months, ”the letter continues.
Next, the group points out that the ‘second wave’ may not be different from a normal UK November: “It is remarkable that [the] The UK death rate is currently around average for this time of year. The use of the term “ second wave ” is therefore misleading. We have the knowledge to put in place a policy that protects the elderly and vulnerable without increasing all other health and economic damage and which does not come at the expense of our whole way of life and in particular that of the children of the country. .
“The R-rate of the coronavirus fell in five parts of England this week – with the exception of London and the south-east, where it has not changed – and remained stable between 1.1 and 1.3 in England and the UK as a whole. Last week marked a drop from 1.2 to 1.4 the week before, ”the Daily Mail concluded.
The letter was organized by a group called UsForThem, which opposes strong coronavirus restrictions.
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