Tag: c19

  • Notes of Covid as approach end of 2021

    “The development of a safe, effective and cheap vaccine, however, is only a first step towards community-wide control. Epidemiological, economic and motivational issues are at least as important as technological ones.” Nature, 1985 Vaccine implementation defines the efficacy of vaccines role in influencing a pandemic. How, when, to whom, by whom, where, why, timescale are […]

  • Europeans and Omicron: The Children of Hercules

    Published in Gods & Radicals Press: This pandemic isn’t a random mutation of Nature. It’s a living product of imperial imagination In Cyprus, the island of Aphrodite, I combed through 12,000 years of evidence on how people have related to ‘Nature’. Notably, a key shift toward a binary between people and ‘Nature’ was the ‘othering’ […]

    Europeans and Omicron: The Children of Hercules
  • COVID-19 testing is the bottleneck in managing the pandemic. Can we open-source testing?

    People in East Asia learnt from SARS, that open knowledge networks across society are the best way to enable people to contextually coordinate and adapt to a pandemic. Opaque decisions informing a command-and-control attitude cost lives and increase the dangers associated with broad interventions from above. I have indicated here and here why this is […]

    COVID-19 testing is the bottleneck in managing the pandemic. Can we open-source testing?
  • What culling corvids tells me about the UK government response to COVID-19

    I spent five years of my life trying to work out why people around me were shooting so many corvids (crows and magpies). They told me the corvids were stealing their partridges and rabbits. What I saw was that it was fun to spend the day with some friends out roaming the countryside. I saw […]

    What culling corvids tells me about the UK government response to COVID-19
  • Scenarios for C19 in the UK

    WHAT IS THIS? These are pen portraits of possible scenarios for viral contagion and government response in the UK. They give some broad indication of what the status of contagion will be dependent on accompanying government measures. I am trying to give myself a starting point for thinking how to plan for the next two […]

    Scenarios for C19 in the UK
  • Interferons, Plants and Viruses: One ‘likely’ way to prepare yourself for C19 and other viral infections

    A longstanding Cuban antiviral is being reported as one of the medications used in China for people infected with COVID-19 coronavirus (C19). It acts as “a protective mechanism, preventing patients from getting worse, reaching a severe stage, with death as the outcome”. The antiviral is ‘Interferon Alpha 2b’. It has proven effective for viruses with […]

    Interferons, Plants and Viruses: One ‘likely’ way to prepare yourself for C19 and other viral infections