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Covid-19: a puzzle with many missing pieces

BMJ 2020; 368 doi: (Published 19 February 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;368:m627

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Re: Covid-19: a puzzle with many missing pieces

Dear Editor

Yes. Many missing pieces. Some hidden in the Govt archives?

1. The Ministers claim that they have been guided by science. Even astrologers claim to be scientists. Mathematical modellers too. But I would be guided solely by the science of clinical epidemiology.
I ask the GOVT, Did you obtain the pure public health advice from the Chief Medical Officer, unadulterated by the scientists practising economics, on the effects of public health measures on the economy of Britain?

2. I was begging in the BMJ rapid responses for a ban on swimming pools.
The Government did not. The Government failed to do so for weeks. Why? Did the Chief Medical Officer advise the government to do so until much later? Or, was the government guided by its desire to show that "we British are made of sterner stuff?"

3. Now the Minister is saying that Social Distancing will be maintained till we have a vaccine (apparently within a year). Does the Minister not know that it takes far far longer to check that the vaccine does not cause harm? And that it actually protects? Do I have to remind the Minister that this virus is rapidly mutating?

I could give you chapter snd verse of my rapid responses on CORONA. But if anyone is in doubt, it is simple to look up the rapid responses: they are searchable on

Competing interests: Might be caught by it (I won’t go out of my way to catch it).

16 April 2020
JK Anand
Retired doctor
Free spirit
Peterborough, England