Covid 19

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Dear Department of Health and Social Care,
Why are SARS-CoV-2 antibody levels flat or dropping across all age groups since May if the pandemic is still going?
What percentage of the population is assumed to have had prior immunity to SARS-CoV-2 in the SAGE forecasting models?
Why do 50% of household members not catch SARS-CoV-2 from infected persons with whom they live?
Why have Japan and South Korea not had any serious outbreak if the human species has no prior immunity to SARS-CoV-2?
What percentage of the population of the UK is assumed to be immune to COVID-19 (including prior immunity) as of this date?
What percentage of those diagnosed with COVID-19 since July have developed antibodies to COVID-19, confirming the diagnosis?
If 90%+ (SAGE Minutes: 21/09/20) of the population is still susceptible to SARS-CoV-2, why did the virus case numbers and deaths not double every 3-4 days throughout June, July and August, and indeed throughout the Autumn?
Why have positive test results rocketed while numbers of symptomatic patients in the community and NHS triage data show they have flatlined since mid-September?
Why are acute respiratory admissions through Accident & Emergency significantly below the normal for the time of year if the pandemic is still raging?
Why are total hospital admissions, ITU occupancy and hospital oxygen consumption at or below normal levels for the time of year?
What percentage of deaths labelled as being due to COVID-19 have had the diagnosis confirmed at post-mortem since July?
Why are the regions of the country that have had excess deaths not the same regions that have supposed COVID-19 deaths, unlike in spring?
Why has Liverpool testing by the Army failed to find COVID-19 in the community when they are supposedly at the centre of the alleged “second wave”?
How is a 0.22% rate of diagnosed infection in the public in Liverpool to be reconciled with the ONS prediction of 2.3% infection rates in Liverpool on 11th November based on PCR testing?
Why are much quicker lateral flow tests not being prioritised for hospital admissions to prevent the standard 24-48 hour delay with PCR results and ensure that those who are positive can be isolated to prevent hospital spread?
Why aren’t all staff being tested by the lateral flow test to prevent the staffing crisis being caused by false positive PCR results?
Do positive PCR tests for asymptomatic and symptomatic NHS staff, or anyone else, which result in them being required to self-isolate have confirmatory re-tests performed?
Why is the country in lockdown when there are no excess hospital admissions, no excess intensive care bed use and no excess death rates (by date of occurrence) in the midst of an allegedly out of control, raging pandemic?
Why are we in lockdown when the Government’s own Operation Cygnus pandemic plan stated that lockdown could only delay deaths by a few weeks at most?
What evidence is there that lockdown has prevented more deaths than it has caused?
Yours faithfully,
A Green

FreedomofInformation, Department of Health and Social Care

Dear Mr/Ms Green,

Thank you for your email.

The Freedom of Information Act only applies to recorded information such as paper or electronic archive material. As your correspondence asked for general information and opinions rather than requesting recorded information or documentation, it did not fall under the provisions of the Act. It will be answered as general correspondence in due course.

Yours sincerely,

FOI Team
Department of Health and Social Care

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Dear Mr/Ms Green,  
   
Thank you for your correspondence of 29 November about COVID-19. I have
been asked to reply.  
 
I should explain that the Freedom of Information Act only applies to
recorded information such as paper or electronic archive material. As your
correspondence asked for general information, rather than requesting
recorded information or documentation, it did not fall under the
provisions of the Act.  

 

The Act does not cover unrecorded information that officials may remember,
opinions that officials might have, official advice (apart from past
advice the Department of Health has given, where a record of this has been
kept) or requests for an official policy statement (again, apart from past
policy statements, where a record has been kept). There is no obligation
under the FOI Act for public authorities to create new information. 

 

From the beginning of the outbreak, the Government’s policies have been
guided by the advice of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies,
which is led by the Chief Scientific Adviser and Chief Medical Officer for
England, and the response is kept under constant review.  

 

Public safety is the Government’s priority and it has a team of public
health experts and scientists working round the clock to make sure the
NHS, the care sector and the country as a whole are fully prepared.  

 

The Government understands that these are difficult times and that the
measures people are being asked to take are very disruptive to normal
life. However, it is vital those who are most vulnerable are protected,
and people are therefore being asked to act in the interests of everyone
in society. 

 

The latest guidance from the Government can be found at www.gov.uk.
The situation is evolving, and Government guidance and advice may change.
Consequently, you may find it helpful to seek the latest advice on
this query through the COVID-19 ‘hub’, which can be found
at www.gov.uk/coronavirus and is regularly updated. 

 
Yours sincerely,  
   
Joseph Rawlinson  
Ministerial Correspondence and Public Enquiries 
Department of Health and Social Care 

  

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