Finally – Some Good Covid-19 News

We are delighted to be able to bring you some reliable, good news about Covid-19 in Bucks. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) Infection Survey measures the number of people infected with Covid-19 in a very reliable way. Because the survey does not rely on people deciding whether to get tested or register their test result, it is the best way of understanding how many people have got Covid-19.

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BuDS’ Analysis of the Prime Minister’s Commons Statement about Covid-19 Precautions

In a shameful attempt to save his own job, the Prime Minister has announced the rapid ending of ALL precautions against the spread of Omicron in England, including soon even the requirement to self-isolate if infected. The move will prolong the Omicron wave, damage the economy, and lead to more avoidable deaths and hospitalisations, as well as restrict the ability of all clinically-vulnerable people to participate in society. Read on for more.

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Covid-19 Risk Assessment Week Ending 17th January 2022

The feared increase in hospitalisations and deaths from Covid-19 has arrived in Bucks, with both totals more than doubling. Also, the most reliable information shows that the Covid-19 pandemic in Bucks has NOT improved, with an incredible 1 in every 19 people STILL infected. Contrary to what you may read in the media, the Omicron pandemic in Bucks is NOT ‘getting better’ or ‘going away’, and it is still essential that everyone takes strict precautions against catching Omicron. Read on for more…

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New Study Presents New Information About Covid-19 Transmission In Air

This is an interesting study about the spread of Covid-19 in the air, but it needs to be treated with great caution. This is because the tests were conducted using the Alpha, Beta and Delta variants of Covid-19, NOT the current Omicron variant. As over 95% of all infections today are Omicron, this means the study is of limited value. Also, the study has not yet been peer-reviewed by other scientists, and therefore may be challenged or changed at a later date.

You can read the full study here, and read a media summary of it here.

Covid-19 Risk Assessment Week Ending 10th January 2022

Omicron infections continue to climb in Bucks, with an incredible 1 in every 19 people now infected. This means it is almost inevitable that you and your family WILL catch Omicron in your normal life unless you take strict precautions. The good news is that the number of people going into local hospitals with severe Covid illness isn’t increasing so far.

Our key message remains that everyone needs to take action to keep themselves safe from Omicron. Read on for more…

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Is the rate of increase in Covid-19 cases in Bucks slowing down?

The graph below shows that the rate at which the calculated number of infected people in Bucks is increasing seems to be slowing down – the calculated increase for week ending 10 January was only 5%. However, the more reliable ONS Infection Survey data, available to 27 December 2021, has always shown a higher total than figures derived from reported test data and so far continues to indicate a continuing high rate of increase.

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BuDS’ Analysis of the Prime Minister’s Briefing about the Response to Omicron

The Prime Minister yesterday (4 January) held another Covid-19 press conference. While acknowledging the seriousness of the Omicron emergency and announcing plans to put the NHS and essential services on a ‘war footing’, the PM also said that the Government would NOT be introducing any further precautions to slow the spread of Omicron and instead would ‘ride the wave’. Read on for more…

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Covid-19 Risk Assessment Week Ending 3rd January 2022

As Bucks goes back to work and school, sadly Omicron infections remain incredibly high, with 1 in every 25 people now infected. This means it is almost inevitable that you and your family WILL catch Omicron in your normal life unless you take strict precautions. The cautiously good news is that the number of people going into local hospitals with Covid has only increased by a small amount so far – but it is still early days.

Our key message remains that everyone needs to take action to keep themselves safe from Omicron. Read on for more…

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Covid-19 Risk Assessment Week Ending 27 December 2021

Omicron infections in Bucks are incredibly high, with 1 in every 26 people now infected.  If you live a ‘normal life’, you WILL catch Omicron. However, the percentage of infected people going into Bucks hospitals with Covid has DROPPED since Omicron started to spread, which has delayed the impact on local hospitals. Our key message remains that everyone needs to take action NOW to keep themselves safe. Read on for more…

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