It gives us the best chance of avoiding a third wave, a fourth lockdown and of getting our lives back to normal as quickly as possible.
Posts by Dr Raghib Ali
Dr Raghib Ali is an Honorary Consultant in Acute Medicine at the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust, and a Visiting Research Fellow of the Department of Population Health, University of Oxford.Follow @
Unless there is good evidence that closing schools would produce less overall harm over the long term, the Government should hold its nerve.
Raghib Ali: Christmas is going to be tough, but there is finally light at the end of the Covid-19 tunnel
This new variant is understandably causing concern but there is no evidence that vaccines will be less effective. We must stay calm and follow the rules.
However, this data was not available when the decision was made to have a second shutdown. We should now work towards a more voluntary approach.
Raghib Ali: The Government needs a Plan B for Covid-19, lives and livelihoods. Here’s how one would work.
It is based on the Swedish approach – but with much better protection of the vulnerable, especially in care homes.
Raghib Ali: Covid-19. The pluses and minuses of the Government’s new plan – and why there should be no more lockdowns.
The Government’s cost-benefit analysis showed that the impacts of the lockdown were greater than those of the direct Covid-19 deaths.
Raghib Ali: Evidence suggests that this Covid second wave won’t be as severe as the first. Nonetheless, it’s a threat to the NHS.
The only way the service coped last spring was by shutting down many services which caused suffering and death for thousands.
Raghib Ali: Systemic classism, not racism. Why the main factor in health and educational inequalities is deprivation, not race.
There is now no overall ‘white privilege’ in health or education or overall ‘BAME disadvantage’. These categories are outdated and unhelpful.
Raghib Ali: The harms of lockdown are exceeding the gains – especially when it comes to school closures
Neither the Covid-19 recovery plan nor SAGE’s minutes indicate that a formal “health cost-benefit analysis” has been done. We need one.
Raghib Ali: What I’ve seen as an epidemiologist on the Covid-19 frontline. And why it’s hard to see how the NHS now couldn’t cope.
I immediately volunteered to help out at the hospital, where I already had an honorary contract – as well as at the soon-to-open Nightingales.
This crisis presents an opportunity for our nation and can leave an important legacy of volunteering and looking out for others.