Unpacking Delta

There is a lot of confusing information around the Delta Variant as mainstream media continue to push it as our latest reason to remain afraid. As viruses “mutate down” in lethality, they often (not always) also become more transmissible. So we have media promoting the idea that Delta is a frightening variant, at the same … More Unpacking Delta

Debunked, the myth of asymptomatic Covid transmission

Working with the diverse group of public health professionals at Panda has kept me sane through an appalling time. Abir Ballan leads the charge at Panda, coordinating the different volunteer teams of scientists, consultant advisors, medical doctors, writers, media and administration. I feel privileged to have co-authored this article with her, which was published in … More Debunked, the myth of asymptomatic Covid transmission

Questions About a Dangerous Pandemic

The first identified cases of COVID-19 were detected on December 8, 2019 in Wuhan, China. The first documented case in Europe was reported retrospectively in France, in a patient with pneumonia and positive SARS-CoV-2 PCR result on December 27, 2019. In January and February 2020 frightening video footage from China flooded social media. People were … More Questions About a Dangerous Pandemic

Surreal Times

This week’s media misrepresentation includes “Fears of catastrophe as rising Covid-19 cases hit Papua New Guinea’s stretched health system“. “Plunged into a Covid-19 crisis“, “temporary beds are filling up fast with seriously ill patients“, “health workers are being particularly affected, prompting fears that services may be crippled“, “a new coronavirus tragedy is just starting to … More Surreal Times

As Time Goes By …

After wearing, fit testing for, teaching about and working with masks for infectious diseases over about twenty years, last year I had to forget all that I knew about masks because suddenly they were alleged to have completely different functionality than I had spent years understanding. This was according to World Health Organisation and Centers … More As Time Goes By …

Looking Beyond Lockdowns

In the space of a single year, after circulating in the human transmission chain for millennia in a cyclical pattern of “good season”/”bad season”, influenza has all but completely disappeared from the globe. Since early 2020 specific nations continue to be hailed for their successful lockdown policies keeping populations safe from Covid-19, whilst other nations … More Looking Beyond Lockdowns

Knut Wittkowski Speaks to Nick Hudson

Professor Wittkowski is another independent Infectious Disease Epidemiologist with world class credentials and no connections to any big funding bodies or pharmaceutical companies. Today he is “again facing lots of accusations and criticism … for just doing what epidemiologists should do, which is to explain what is behind the dynamics of an epidemic”. He compares … More Knut Wittkowski Speaks to Nick Hudson