Sunetra Gupta, one of the world’s leading Infectious Disease Epidemiologists, lunched with journalist Alec Marsh in Covent Garden in early December. He published his account of their conversation a couple of days ago in this article, Sunetra Gupta: ‘There seems to be a fundamental misunderstanding of how we live with germs’. I search for references to Sunetra often, craving to hear what she has to offer whilst her knowledge on epidemics has resulted in a vicious silencing. Early in the pandemic I assumed we would take our lead from her and others such as John Ioannidis with similar expertise. Instead, they have been aggressively stonewalled from any right to speak beyond the fringes they were relegated to. It seems a modern day burning of the witches based on sociocentric groupthink led by an apparent sentiment that viruses will follow human rules if we impose them and comply hard enough.
UK consultant and research specialist Jeffrey Peel produced this beautiful ten minute video comparing epidemiology of winter respiratory disease in the UK in January of 2015 with that in January of 2021, and discussing the different media / political responses and impacts. A Tale of Two Januarys.