Disease classification of Sars2 covid 19

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Dear Department of Health and Social Care,

In March 2020 the UK government confirmed that covid 19 was no longer a
HCID.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/high-consequ...

Can you therefore confirm the following
1) As covid 19 is not a HCID, what type/kind of disease is covid 19 classified as?
2) Is covid 19 a more dangerous disease than HCID's?

We are told covid 19 spreads and transmission occur through contact and airborne, just as HCID's do, therefore, for covid 19 not to be a HCID it must mean that it isn't an acute infectious disease where typically there is
A)a high case-fatality rate
B)may not have effective prophylaxis or treatment
C)often difficult to recognise and detect rapidly
D)ability to spread in the community and within healthcare settings
E)requires an enhanced individual, population and system response to ensure it is managed effectively, efficiently and safely?

3) Which of these identifiers of a HCID does covid 19 not have?, for the government to not class it as a HCID?

4) What are the indicators outwith these and included in the HCID does covid 19 identity, that isn't found in the HCID identifiers?

Yours faithfully,

Miss G Simpson

FreedomofInformation, Department of Health and Social Care

Dear Miss Simpson,

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 rather than requesting specific, 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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Department of Health and Social Care

Our ref: DE-1297052
 
Dear Ms Simpson,
 
Thank you for your correspondence of 23 January about COVID-19
classification. I have been asked to reply.

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.

From the beginning of the outbreak, the Governments 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 constant priority and the team of public health experts and scientists
are working around the clock to make sure the NHS, the care sector and the
country as a whole are fully prepared.

Inclusion on the HCID list typically requires a disease to meet a high
threshold in terms of its case-fatality rate. The Government now know that
COVID-19 does not meet this threshold but, because it spreads very easily,
it is still a very dangerous disease overall, as evidenced by the tens of
thousands of people who have died from it so far in the UK.

Inclusion on the list also means that a disease should be treated at
specialist HCID treatment centres. If COVID-19 had remained on the list,
the number of people suffering from it would have overwhelmed these
centres, meaning there would be no capacity left to treat people with
other diseases. The need to have a national, coordinated response remains,
but this is being met by our COVID-19 response.

I hope this reply is helpful.

Yours sincerely,
 
Lucy Ogan
Ministerial Correspondence and Public Enquiries
Department of Health and Social Care
 

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Dear Department of Health and Social Care,

Thanks for your reply Lucy, unfortunately your reply has not provided the information I requested. I asked specific breakdown of questions, but simple questions that you have not answered or referred to? Therefore I would appreciate if you could answer the original questions I asked 1 by 1.

Your response advises the 2 reasons Covid 19 is not classified as a HCID are, not because it necessarily isn't an HCID but because,
1) Covid 19 doesn't have a high enough fatality case rate in the UK in comparison to other HCID'S.
2) there are not enough HCID centres available in the UK for it to be controlled as a HCID?

A high case fatality rate is an indicator of an HCID, therefore your answer does not make sense, when the current and historic HCID's fatality case rate for HCID in the UK is less or none, than that of covid 19?
https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk...

What is the UK current capacity for HCID centre?

I'd appreciate if you could provide the information asked in these questions aswell as promptly providing answers to my original requested questions?

Yours faithfully,

Miss G Simpson

FreedomofInformation, Department of Health and Social Care

Dear Miss Simpson,

Thank you for your further email.

I am sorry that you were dissatisfied with the response you received.

As you are aware, the Freedom of Information Act only applies to recorded information such as paper or electronic archive material. Your continued correspondence asks for general information rather than requesting recorded information or documentation and does not fall under the provisions of the Act. Unfortunately, there is nothing further we can add.

You may find it helpful to refer to the Information Commissioner's 'How to access information from a public body' webpage. It includes advice for requesters on how to communicate effectively with public authorities, and how to word requests to get the best result. Future correspondence is less likely to be refused if framed in accordance with these guidelines.

https://ico.org.uk/your-data-matters/off...

Please note that any further correspondence on this topic that is not a specific FOI request will be logged but may not be responded to.

Yours sincerely,

FOI Team
Department of Health and Social Care

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