Scotland Times Comment 18/05

“The health secretary has suggested that people at the centre of Scotland’s first coronavirus outbreak failed to tell….”

Such forgetfulness of those with the virus can be overcome, possibly, with the aid of an App. More and more countries are adopting this approach: from India to Switzerland. I was concerned at the lack of enthusiasm for adopting the “NHS England” one, last night by Ms Freeman: “ongoing discussions”. There was an explanation that such would just be gloss to the proven digital approach that is being revived.

What concerns me is, yet again, the lack of perspective from the point of view of the potential patients. For example I would like to be reassured that my mother’s smartphone is steering her away from those who may have Covid-19. Even if its not 100% guaranteed there is still an element of Peace of Mind when she breaks out.

— in reply to Philip Robertson

You said: “It is quite possible, at that time, that someone with mild symptoms wouldn’t think twice about what they had.” But as the article states below:

George Alexander, a security manager at Craigleith retail park in Edinburgh, where Nike has a factory store, said he was made aware by one of the store managers shortly after the conference that a delegate was ill and staying at home to recover

So there was early concern despite there being no other reported case in Scotland, until a few days later.

The point about testing is not only that it protects health workers, it also gives people the information they need about the extent of the risk they face as they return to work. More testing means more data, and more data means more certainty about the spread — or containment — of the disease

Agreed Magnus, as I wrote elsewhere here today on the necessity of a proximity App for Scotland:

What concerns me is, yet again, the lack of perspective from the point of view of the potential patients. For example I would like to be reassured that my mother’s smartphone is steering her away from those who may have Covid-19

And before that about the secrecy (results will not be passed to blood donors) with respect to the SG Anti-Body testing project in Inverness.

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