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    The great Barrington declaration

    It is not an attempt to distract, but to draw out one aspect of the politicisation of science that has surrounded Covid. Meanwhile, and referencing one of the authors of the BMJ article I linked, evidence of the views on vaccination of the GBD lead authors -...
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    Heading into autumn - what next?

    I’d be asking that question of anywhere; it’s a failure of building codes that they’ve been allowed to be built with so little ventilation and air circulation, but it’s for the organisation to address the problem. It just happens, in my daughter’s school’s case anyway, to be Covid that has...
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    Has the wearing of face masks become a left/right issue?

    Thank you for the constructive criticism, as usual. Regarding your dismissal of my reference to engaging Naomi Wolf, I take the view that actions speak louder than words. Wolf is not just “somebody unsavoury” (though that’s a good description of her), but has been a very high profile...
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    Has the wearing of face masks become a left/right issue?

    The linked article refers, quite literally, to the authors of GBS - Gupta, Kulldorf and Bhattacharya. Who are the ones described in the tweets at that round table. As for AIER, my primary evidence is in their appointment of well known left wing feminist Naomi Wolf following her extensive...
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    Has the wearing of face masks become a left/right issue?

    That’s true - but the links do exist
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    Heading into autumn - what next?

    I’m not sure, and I suspect the school will have little scope for change. But if levels are that high, then the school are providing an unhealthy environment, regardless of Covid. Sick building syndrome isn’t so often mentioned lately, but excessive CO2 is a factor in that. I presume ppm, but...
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    Has the wearing of face masks become a left/right issue?

    I think, sadly, you give them too much benefit of the doubt. The AIER (the neocon think tank that fostered GBD) has been actively anti vax, while this BMJ article is clear that the thinkers have opposed vaccination:
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    Heading into autumn - what next?

    My daughter’s classroom was fitted with a CO2 monitor recently. A “green” reading is <2000; hers was 4000. I have plenty of times suffered airless rooms, where I’ve felt tired and inattentive regardless of my underlying state. That they also act as traps for airborne disease (and not just...
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    Has the wearing of face masks become a left/right issue?

    It also makes no sense to me, but a trawl of social media will quickly find examples. My main conclusion is that the opposition is to public health efforts, and that opposition to masks and vaccines aligns there. For that reason, though I agree that the extremes are less evident here than in...
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    Has the wearing of face masks become a left/right issue?

    Just on a point of detail, Buchanan was a Republican presidential hopeful who energised the conservative right 20 and 30 years ago, creating a narrative of culture war. One thread - of several - in the political battles around vaccination and masking is the determination of the Republican right...
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    Heading into autumn - what next?

    Let’s just say that as a parent or as a governor, I would be extremely unhappy with any teacher saying that.
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    Scotland: “Beyond Level Zero” 09th August

    We must be reading different media then - the access to GPs and the BMA’s dispute with the government has been a major thread in the media coverage I’ve been seeing.
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    Heading into autumn - what next?

    Pure anecdata, but I observed a material change in mask prevalence over the last 24 hours. The event I attended and helped at yesterday strongly promoted mask wearing*, and a majority of those I saw wore masks. Shopping in town today, masks were much more evident than a week ago. * - for those...
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    Heading into autumn - what next?

    Indeed - but an effect that is age independent.
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    Has the wearing of face masks become a left/right issue?

    I think one factor is that some on the right in the US and here have chosen to adopt opposition to masks (and other measures, including vaccination) as a unifying characteristic.
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    Heading into autumn - what next?

    Indeed. And as I said, these are averages. They are, as I understand them, true at a population level and also, on the same logic, for an individual - meaning that my risk now if I catch Covid is ~20% higher than it was in March 2020, simply because of the passing of time.
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    Heading into autumn - what next?

    Unrelated to other comments, I'm involved in running an event tomorrow evening. The organiser (very much ex-army) got in touch this afternoon asking whether he should cancel, expressing particular concern about how people would circulate. He has been persuaded to keep going. Having dealt with...
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    Heading into autumn - what next?

    I checked the figure - I've heard it a number of times - from David Spiegelhalter "Covid by Numbers". That source, which I trust, is pretty emphatic that the risk in adults is on a more or less straight line.
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    Heading into autumn - what next?

    I suggested that the threshold might be up for debate. The relative risk does increase year on year for adults, as a compound effect - at 12% additional risk of death per year. 1634829746 I take the figures I've seen reported a number of times. As for why this is, I don't know - and the point...

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