Disease Detecting


As of today, the Coronavirus pandemic in the UK seems out of control. Everyone is talking about it. Nationwide lockdowns have been imposed, mass testing of the city of Liverpool by the military is underway, anti-lockdown protests are breaking out and there are hundreds of Covid-diagnosed deaths everyday. If you Google “Coronavirus UK” this graph appears on your screen, showing tens of thousands more cases now than there were in the pandemic peak back in April to May.

It seems horrific and people are afraid. It doesn’t seem to follow the usual bell curve pattern of a pandemic, immediately raising questions. The role of public health disease surveillance and outbreak control is to investigate diseases of public health concern and determine their patterns, including who might become unwell or die and why, and how these risks might be minimised. We become disease detectives, and as such we need to remain…

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