U.K. Government: COVID-19 is No Longer a High Consequence Infectious Disease

COVID19 RESPONSE PLATFORM – In the U.K. the government recently (March 19, 2020) rolled back its earlier decision on COVID-19’s status.

The following is an excerpt from the gov.uk website:

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

The 4 nations public health HCID group made an interim recommendation in January 2020 to classify COVID-19 as an HCID. This was based on consideration of the UK HCID criteria about the virus and the disease with information available during the early stages of the outbreak. Now that more is known about COVID-19, the public health bodies in the UK have reviewed the most up to date information about COVID-19 against the UK HCID criteria. They have determined that several features have now changed; in particular, more information is available about mortality rates (low overall), and there is now greater clinical awareness and a specific and sensitive laboratory test, the availability of which continues to increase.

The Advisory Committee on Dangerous Pathogens (ACDP) is also of the opinion that COVID-19 should no longer be classified as an HCID.

To understand what this change means we have to look at what is currently still listed as “high consequence infectious diseases”.

One of the HCIDs that are listed on the British government website is the avian influenza H7N7.

What is so interesting about H7N7 is that it caused an outbreak whereby only 89 infections and 1 death were registered in 2003, in the Netherlands.

With the removal of COVID-19 from the U.K.’s HCID list the British government indicates that COVID-19 is less dangerous than a virus that caused 89 infections and 1 death.

Let us repeat that one more time:

The British government indicates that COVID-19 is less dangerous than a virus that caused only 89 infections and 1 death.

In other words, the British government is more concerned about H7N7, with only 89 infections and 1 death (in 2003), than COVID-19.

In addition to H7N7, also ebola and the plague are still on the British government’s list of “high consequence infectious diseases”.

Now that the government in the U.K. is claiming that COVID-19 is no longer a disease that has ‘high consequences’ we can immediately roll back the lockdowns around the world since these are no longer a proportionate response to COVID-19.

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