Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Scottish COVID inquiry report finds excess deaths from severe lockdowns of senior care facilities; Do I have Covid or hay fever? The confusion that’s contributing to surge in cases, and other C-Virus related stories

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Scottish COVID inquiry report finds excess deaths from severe lockdowns of senior care facilities:
You have to give the Scots credit. At least they set up an inquiry commission to study what went wrong with the response to COVID and to make recommendations for the future. Is either party in the U.S. calling for such a commission?
While it’s obvious to anyone with a modicum of common sense, it’s nice to see a Scottish government-sanctioned inquiry raise concerns about the way nursing home patients were treated during the pandemic. A new 143-page report published by Edinburgh Napier University on behalf of the Scottish Covid-19 Inquiry found that the severe lockdown of senior care home residents “caused great distress and is likely to have contributed in a number of cases to cognitive and emotional decline and even death.”
“The rights of those in care home and their visitors should not have been disproportionately impacted during the pandemic,” observes the inquiry regarding the violation of human rights and the lack of proportionality in attempting to shield seniors in care from the virus. “Any restriction of visiting rights must therefore have been kept under constant review throughout, assessed on an individual basis and in light of the prevailing situation regarding the pandemic in Scotland with clear and updated guidance being provided.”
The report further observes how none of the detention policies were authorized by new laws and even the dubious executive authority used to promulgate the general lockdowns was applied in a discriminatory manner toward senior care residents, as if they had fewer rights. “Much of the discussion around restrictions focuses on restricting visiting by families, which raises clear Article 8 issues, and questions of proportionality. Even more problematic legally is the fact that many residents were not allowed to leave the care home during the pandemic (or even their room in some cases), which is clearly a deprivation of liberty requiring lawful authority under Article 5.” --->READ MORE HERE
Do I have Covid or hay fever? The confusion that’s contributing to surge in cases:
Telltale symptoms caused by high pollen count — sneezing, a sore throat and a runny nose – are also common among those who have omicron
Covid being mistaken for hay fever may be contributing to the current wave of coronavirus cases, scientists believe.
There is some overlap between the symptoms of the two conditions and the UK this summer is battling very high levels of pollen in the air.
The Met Office on Monday said levels are “very high” across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, while being “high” in much of Scotland.
It comes as data show that there may be a new Covid wave brewing with around 1.4 million people in the UK testing positive last week, according to the ONS, up 43 per cent from the week before.
The telltale symptoms of hay fever — an allergic reaction to the pollen of trees and grasses that affects one in four people — are sneezing, a sore throat and a runny nose.
These symptoms are also commonly caused by omicron, the currently dominant variant of Covid which is more mild than its predecessors. --->READ MORE HERE
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