About IAG Covid-19

The IAG team works tirelessly to produce easy to read, fact-checked and reliable articles about issues relevant to disabled people. During the Covid-19 pandemic, these have included weekly risk posts which break down the latest case, hospitalisation, death and vaccination statistics; analyses of Government policy, and scientific updates about the coronavirus. To read these posts, please see below or visit our Facebook page using the button below:

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Critical Risk Update

The number of infected people in Bucks has risen to a CRITICALLY HIGH level. Official data from last week shows that more than 1 in 48 people in Bucks is now infected with Covid-19, especially children and young people. Deaths and hospitalisations are also up sharply, with vaccinations (except of children) virtually at a standstill. BuDS urges everyone to stop mixing with others, especially indoors, as much as possible. The risk of catching Covid-19 in Bucks has never been higher.  

Our full risk assessment will follow later this evening, but this is an immediate warning as the news is so serious.  

BuDS’ Response to the Government’s ‘Plan B’ Announcement

The Secretary of State for Health, Sajid Javid, has made a statement about the Government’s Covid-19 policy. Here are the key points.

Remember, whatever the Government do, you are in control of your own safety. BuDS is here to help you keep yourself and your loved ones safe. This is quite a depressing and upsetting article: please be careful of your mental health and contact us or another support service if you need to.

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Covid-19 Risk Assessment Week Ending 18th October 2021

The risk of meeting an infected person while you are out and about in the Bucks community has RISEN AGAIN for the fifth week in a row (to 17 October) and is approaching the peak it hit last winter. 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 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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Risk Post Statistical Methods Explanation

The BuDS Weekly Risk Assessment posts have been an integral part of our response to Covid-19 for over a year. To remain as transparent as possible, the Covid-19 statistics team have prepared the following summary of how we form the figures and conclusions described in the posts. We hope this will give a better understanding of how our numbers are reached.

BuDS’ Covid-19 research team is made up of qualified professional people including a statistician and a clinical epidemiologist. We take very great care to make sure that we only provide you with fact-checked, accurate information. The end of this article has links to all the sources that we use to get this data. If you have any further questions, please contact us using the information at the end of the article and we will be happy to explain more.

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