BOOM! UK Govt Quietly Downgrades COVID-19 Risk – Media Silent

Written by John O'Sullivan

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The UK government’s top medical advice panel has announced that COVID-19 is no longer a serious public health hazard. As of March 19th The Advisory Committee on Dangerous Pathogens (ACDP) has posted online their EXPERT opinion that COVID-19 should no longer be classified as an HCID (severe risk).

The key message on the GOV.UK official website is:

Status of COVID-19

As of 19 March 2020, COVID-19 is no longer considered to be a high consequence infectious diseases (HCID) in the UK.

In January the grave assessment of the ACDP committee prompted unprecedented action in peacetime by a British Prime Minister. Boris Johnson’s government thereafter scaled up the national response on COVID-19 and almost shutdown the economy by imposing ‘house arrest’ of all citizens.

But as events unfolded and the pathogen is now proven to be far less deadly than ACDP predicted, the committee has formally downgraded their original bleak assessment.

The new ACDP statement appears on the UK Government’s official website for anyone to view at

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/high-consequence-infectious-diseases-hcid

MASS MEDIA COVER UP?

Even though this new update was made official almost a week ago, the mainstream news outlets are avoiding reporting on this important, game-changing development. Life in Britain remains gravely disrupted, businesses are closing down daily, people are losing jobs and mental health and relationships suffering.

Willful suppression of this new evidence plays into the hands of those saying there must be some ulterior motive behind such a wholesale media conspiracy to fail to do their job to report the news.

Civil liberties groups, free speech activists and citizens concerned about the remorseless overreach of the UK’s ‘nanny state’ are likely to be up in arms at the Soviet-style manipulation – the kind of systemic propaganda of which Goebbels or Stalin would have been proud.

Rather than disseminate the facts, self-serving politicians and ‘journalists’ have opted to remain complicit in a campaign of ‘panic porn’ to cower the nation into an unprecedented curtailment of civil liberties never before seen in peace time.

Below we post screenshots of from the GOV.UK website as confirmation of this dereliction of public duty to keep the nation properly informed:

 

Definition of HCID

In the UK, a high consequence infectious disease (HCID) is defined according to the following criteria:

  • acute infectious disease
  • typically has a high case-fatality rate
  • may not have effective prophylaxis or treatment
  • often difficult to recognise and detect rapidly
  • ability to spread in the community and within healthcare settings
  • requires an enhanced individual, population and system response to ensure it is managed effectively, efficiently and safely

Classification of HCIDs

HCIDs are further divided into contact and airborne groups:

  • contact HCIDs are usually spread by direct contact with an infected patient or infected fluids, tissues and other materials, or by indirect contact with contaminated materials and fomites
  • airborne HCIDs are spread by respiratory droplets or aerosol transmission, in addition to contact routes of transmission

Check the details at the GOV.UK website: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/high-consequence-infectious-diseases-hcid


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Comments (20)

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    David Robertson

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    “Willful suppression of this new evidence plays into the hands of those saying there must be some ulterior motive behind such a wholesale media conspiracy to fail to do their job to report the news.”

    There is and has been for a very long time. The mass media and some of the alternate media are their propaganda channels. There is a ton of evidence for it. We are now, I believe, in the end game.

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      JT

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      Can I just point out the following line in that report

      “The need to have a national, coordinated response remains, but this is being met by the government’s covid-19 response”

      In other words , although the classification has changed, the government’s response is still appropriate. There is nothing in that article suggesting that there is any kind of over reaction. In fact they are clearly endorsing the governments response.

      Essentially to be classed as an HCID there has to be a much higher mortality rate than covid-19 has. But low mortality rate does not mean covid-19 is not dangerous it just means it is not as dangerous as it would be if it had a 30% mortality rate.

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        John O'Sullivan

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        JT, which part of “COVID-19 is no longer considered to be a high consequence infectious diseases (HCID) ” do you think is not newsworthy such that it is ignored systematically in what can only be determined as a media conspiracy to suppress a very important news update?

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          JT

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          ”A media conspiracy to suppress a very important news update.”

          To what end if you don’t mind me asking? The report clearly backs the government response which is a bit of an own goal on the authors part, I can only assume he didn’t read it properly. They say quite clearly that Corvid-19 is no longer determined to be an HCID but the response and actions of the government are appropriate. Why would they suppress something that backs up their actions?

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            John O'Sullivan

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            Unlike you, I want to see competent, full and frank news reporting and be fully informed of any relevant change in status when my civil liberties have been gross;y curtailed. Perhaps you’re one of the lucky ones who doesn’t need to work for a living, enjoys home confinement and are at ease with having your life run for you.

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            richard

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            basically it has now become a bad flu.

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    Michel Starenky

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    Maybe I rely on statistics to much to make a panic judgment. On average in the past 5 years 17000 Brits have died from the flu.(ITV Feb 6) And we did not panic. So far 433 have died in three months of the coronavirus. And we panic. Unless there is a spike in cases the death toll should not be more 3000. If it hits 17000 in a year maybe I will panic.

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      JT

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      Is that 17000 per year. If so they are making the all too common error of attributing all excess winter deaths to the flu. This happens all the time so we see massive exaggerations in the numbers of deaths reported due to flu. In fact flu deaths are nothing like that.

      In the UK it is the responsibility of Public Health England to monitor flu and this is done via weekly reports during flu season and summarised in a yearly report all of which is publicly available on their web site.

      https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/annual-flu-reports

      The reported deaths are as follows for the UK:-

      2016-17 133 confirmed deaths, 1064 ICU/HDU admissions
      2017-18 372 confirmed deaths, 3454 ICU/DHU admissions
      2018-19 312 confirmed deaths, 3157 ICU/HDU admissions

      In the past week alone we have seen around 500 deaths in the UK confirmed as a result of covid-19 and this rate is still increasing. As an additional reference, the same week in March last year saw 5 seasonal flu related deaths reported in the UK.

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    richard

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    let’s take a look at the stats-

    Corona deaths so far this year- 20,000

    Flu deaths so far this year- 113,000

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    Andy Rowlands

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    I am in agreement with John O’Sullivan, and as I pointed out in my own Perspective from Britain Part 2 article, that the most disturbing part of this is that the mainstream media has NOT reported the downgrading. This suggests a deliberate act to keep the public in a state of panic.

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    Ken Hughes

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    Whatever anyone’s take on this, the withholding of clear, important information by the government and media is certainly alarming. It may be that the current measures are still necessary to avoid a collapse of the health service, and, to be fair, this is the declared motive from government. However, if this news WAS presented as important, then it may well have an adverse effect on people’s commitment to these necessary measures and this could be the motive for not making it a headline item. I think we are still in the “wait and see” mode, but thank you John for this enlightening information.

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      JT

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      It was the government that released the data about the HCID change.

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    Dev

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    Trojan Horse by any other name.
    80% of businesses will go to the wall – A random figure plucked out of the air I grant but a global economic shutdown essentially using words.
    Anyone care to do the math for deaths from global economic collapse?
    Hypersensationalism rules

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      Andy Rowlands

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      I agree Dev, and the collapse of industry and economoies is exactly what the Greens and eco-fascists want. I am coming round to the position that this virus was deliberately released to do what the climate crazies have been unable to do; to shut down the planet.

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    Farley Harvey

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    Thanks JT for actually following the announcement to defer to the governments actions. This is a serious situation. Simply equating other flus mortality to CoVid-19 is simply wrong.

    During other flu epidemics have you seen hospitals using Refrigerator Trucks and hockey rinks as temporary morgues? Please save those comparisons for later.

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    Dev

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    Hi Andy,
    I think that we all really know what is going on – some choose to bury their heads though.

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      Andy Rowlands

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      It seems to me the globalists and eco-fascists failed to scare us into shutting the world down with their ‘climate change’ scam, so they come up with a ‘killer virus’ and achieve their aim.

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    Dev

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    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8155251/Royal-Navy-sends-NINE-ships-shadow-seven-strong-Russian-warship-fleet-active-UK-waters.html

    MPs ask public to send examples of coronavirus disinformation online

    MPs are calling for social media users to pass on examples of coronavirus misinformation they discover online.
    Social media firms will be called in to Parliament after the extended Easter recess to explain what they are doing to combat the spread of false information.
    Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee chairman Julian Knight said: ‘The deliberate spreading of false information about Covid-19 could have serious consequences.
    ‘Much of this is happening on social media through private channels, putting the onus on friends and family to identify whether the information they are seeing is misleading.
    ‘There have been some shocking examples in recent weeks and we want people to send us what they’ve come across.

    The Brownshirt campaign has started

    throwing everything at us at once

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      Dev

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      half way down to the right

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    Dev

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    I would add that in addition to the curtailment of liberties you mention, working from home is going to increase traffic on the UK communications network . Artificially extending the lock-down will only increase traffic and highlight requirement for upgrading for the public benefit. The longer it lasts, the more persuasive the argument. A perfect excuse!

    There is much ridicule, gatekeepering, speculation and concern re: wireless technology. There will be no control group once implemented.

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