Covid-19 Risk Assessment Week Ending 11th October 2021

The risk of meeting an infected person while you are out and about in the Bucks community has RISEN AGAIN for the fourth week in a row (to 10 October) and is still VERY HIGH. The number of patients in local hospitals with Covid-19 is also slightly HIGHER. The pandemic in Bucks is steadily getting WORSE and so we continue to urge everyone to stay extremely ‘Covid-Careful’, and to keep themselves and their loved ones safe. Read on for more details.

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Covid-19 Risk Assessment Week Ending 4th October 2021

The risk of meeting an infected person while you are out and about in the Bucks community is SLIGHTLY HIGHER than last week (to 4 October) – still VERY HIGH. The number of patients in local hospitals with Covid-19 is slightly LOWER, though STILL HIGH. The pandemic in Bucks is NOT getting any better and so we continue to urge everyone to stay extremely ‘Covid-Careful’, and to keep themselves and their loved ones safe. Read on for more details. 

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Parklife 2021

Buckinghamshire Disability Service (BuDS) regrets to announce that it will not be present at, or supporting, the Parklife Festival in Aylesbury on 28 and 29 August. Our own Covid impact assessment for this event shows that the Parklife event would lead to hundreds of people becoming infected with Covid and, as a disability charity, we could not in any circumstances support an event which credibly might lead to hundreds more people becoming ill or disabled. BuDS has formally asked the event organisers to cancel their event in the interests of public health, but they have declined to do so.

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Meeting Safely Out Of Doors

Even with the high numbers of people infected with Covid-19, BuDS is not recommending that people go back to or continue shielding. By shielding, we mean completely self-isolating yourself and never meeting other people. We recommend that everyone – even extremely clinically vulnerable people – think about their mental health and continue to meet family, friends and loved ones safely out of doors. This article by the expert BuDS team provides the fact-checked information you need to help you meet people safely out of doors.

If you need help or support or you’re anxious about Covid-19, BuDS is here for you. Please e-mail buds-support@buds.org.uk, call 01494 211179 (voicemail) or message us and we’ll do all we can to help.

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Summary of Covid-19 Test Accuracy

People have been asking about the ‘lateral flow’ testing now being used across the UK for students, workers and volunteers. So, our researchers have done this handy guide for you. BuDS has used only reliable scientific and medical sources to write this article and it has been reviewed by our expert team, which includes a clinical epidemiologist.

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Covid-19 Test Accuracy

How accurate are the ‘lateral flow’ or ‘rapid flow’ Covid-19 test kits used by schools and workplaces and now being offered to people across the UK? BuDS’ expert team has looked at a range of scientific evidence so that we can give you some reliable, fact-checked, information. This information relates to England only.

This is a long article, and deals with complex material and statistics. If you would prefer to read a shorter and simpler version of this article, please use this link: https://buds.org.uk/covid-19-test-accuracy/ or use the contents below to jump to our ‘What Does This Mean For Me’ summary.

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BuDS and a Year of Success

Consistently providing accurate and reliable information 

Here at BuDS we thought it was about time we paid homage to our wonderful trustees, volunteers and staff members who have dedicated their time to keep our projects running and our community supported through such uncertain times. Over the past year many organisations and charities have struggled to adapt to the developing situation. Of course, there are many success stories, and we think we are one, so please indulge us while we blow our own trumpet! 

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Danger of Covid-19

How dangerous is Covid-19 if you catch it, really?

This is an article to help you understand how dangerous Covid-19 could be for you if you catch it. We have done another post about how likely it is that you could catch Covid-19 in Bucks. Remember, your risk from Covid-19 is about two things: how likely it is that you could catch the virus, and how dangerous the virus might be if you do catch it. BuDS has covered these two issues in two separate articles.

We have solid data and fact-checked information – read on for more.

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