The Granthshala to host expert panel on the UK’s Covid strategy

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aWe are approaching winter concerns in the UK around the current Covid rates of infection and the number of daily deaths.

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The government is currently sticking with its Plan A of relying on COVID vaccines and booster jabs to curb the number of infections. However, last month, hospital and doctors leaders urged ministers to move to Plan B – mandatory mask-wearing, COVID passes for crowded events and work from home – to prevent an impending disaster for the NHS .

Ministers have rejected the idea of ​​bringing in a Plan B for now, while Boris Johnson, speaking at the G20 summit in Rome, said “there is no evidence to suggest that any kind of lockdown is on the cards”. ” So where does this leave us and what precautions should we personally take this winter to reduce the risk of catching COVID?


To answer these questions and examine why the Government is adopting its current approach, Granthshala Is hosting an expert panel to explore the UK’s COVID strategy.

Our science correspondent Samuel Lovett will host the discussion and will be joined by experts from both medicine and science to help explain the current situation, what we ourselves can do and what the immediate future holds for us as winter moves forward.

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Samuel will be joined by the following experts:

  • Irene Peterson, Professor of Epidemiology and Health Informatics at UCL, London
  • Peter English, retired consultant in communicable disease control and former chairman of the BMA Public Health Medicine Committee
  • Simon Hodes, a GP at a large practice (31,000 patients) in Watford, who has recently been awarded local practice of the year. He has been seeing patients face-to-face throughout the pandemic, and his practice was the first wave vaccine site.

Simon helped set up a nationwide group of over 800 GP volunteers to support the NHS 111 service and ambulance service during COVID, and helped create various flowcharts with local partners that were widely shared has gone. You can find out more about his work on Twitter at @DrSimonHodes.

expert panel ‘Is the UK strategy against Covid the right one?’ It will take place on November 25 at 1 pm and will last for 45 minutes.

Click here to sign up for the event for free and to be able to submit a question to the panel prior to the discussion


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