What may be lacking in the UK’s response to Covid-19?

The public’s perspective.

By that, I mean that it sounds as if the response is mainly along the lines of “What do WE need to do when someone shows up at the right door at the right hospital and says that he or she may have the virus?” and “Do we have enough face masks and other supplies?”

It sounds like they forgot to signpost at (some) hospitals where people should go if they think they have the virus, for example.

You need to put yourself in the shoes of the public.

I searched “what to do if you suspect you have the coronavirus”?

You’re supposed to self-isolate for 14 days if you’ve just been to China and/or other areas with a higher incidence of the virus.

But when you’ve just come home from abroad, you’re not likely to have much food in the house.

So unless this recommendation to self-isolate goes with a dedicated service that brings people whatever products they need, putting self-isolation in practice is not necessarily as simple as it sounds.

What if you’re a young woman and your period arrives and you’re cramping and you have run out of painkillers and tampons?

Just one scenario.

Not everyone will have the funds to order deliveries from services like Ocado.

This temporary dedicated service to help people in quarantine in their own homes would need to be free, with payment for only the products. You can simply leave a box at the door so that you don’t have to come in contact with the person in question and you can contact him or her by mobile phone.

It would have to be a dedicated service, also to ensure that all deliverers stick to hand-washing etc.

Communities should set this up for their own, with volunteers. Heck, why not?

The Chinese are volunteering to look after pets in Wuhan:

Will we have a dedicated phone number for anyone with questions to do with this virus?

Is there an option to choose right now as in “Press 4 if you think you may have the Covid-19 virus”?

Passport rendered invalid, allowed to leave the country, not allowed to return?

Passport silently rendered invalid, allowed to leave the country without a word, not allowed to return:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/british-man-blocked-uk-home-office-passport-brussels-a9332311.html (with video)

But I, an EU citizen, am supposed to trust that the UK will let me in again if I go abroad, even though UK Customs already made clear it had a problem with me on my previous two returns?

When activism works

Dillan is a bear who many others and I have been sending e-mails and signing petitions about. It finally worked.

More animals need to be freed from the Union County Sportsmen’s Club in Millmont, PA and I’ve tried to call the facility a few times, but couldn’t get through. I’ve sent e-mails about it and I can’t rule out that I may have missed an update on the other animals, that they’ve been released to a sanctuary too. I sure hope so!

This is Dillan now:

Advantages of being tracked in the digital era

If you know me well, you know that I am not too keen on companies like Amazon tracking and recording every minute of our lives and now adding facial recognition software to that arsenal, wanting to become our bank, our doctor, our police and our insurance company, on top of selling us food, home security and anything else we can think of.

I am even more opposed to the lack of ethics displayed in the ruthless operation of Facebook (read this for details) and I am not too happy with Google and YouTube either.

Yesterday, however, while I attended a webinar on the use of AI in the medical practice, I had to admit that if you were able to track everyone’s whereabouts, you might be able to identify individuals at risk for having encountered the Covid-19 virus much quicker.

Covid-19 was also mentioned at the end of the webinar. (If you want to know more, you’ll need to get in touch with Jon Braun at Children’s Hospital Boston.)

This would need very rigorous legislation, to avoid stigmatization, for example. Don’t balk instantly. Yes, there are obvious downsides to the loss of privacy but there are also upsides. The problem with privacy issues lies in those doing the tracking and using our data having to be 100% transparent.

Openness – loss of privacy – also protects against abuse, but only if it’s 100% (not one-sided).

With regard to AI being unable to replace empathy, it can make up for a lack of empathy (stigmatization and ridicule) coming from certain health care professionals and it also will not molest or abuse you the way a handful of medical professionals have done. (There’s a current case in the UK of a doctor who not only molested some patients, but also told some they had cancer when they didn’t and amputated their breasts and, in other cases, deliberately left tissue behind that led to reoccurrence of breast cancer.)