The UK’s public health response to covid-19

  title={The UK’s public health response to covid-19},
  author={Gabriel Scally and Bobbie Jacobson and Kamran Abbasi},
Too little, too late, too flawed 

Epidemics and pandemics risk governance: a case of post-COVID-19 in the United Kingdom

Fail to Prepare and you Prepare to Fail: the Human Rights Consequences of the UK Government’s Inaction during the COVID-19 Pandemic

It is argued that the UK Government’s failure to exercise their powers competently allowed the virus to spread without ensuring the country had the means to manage a high case load, which has led to one of the highest rates of deaths per capita worldwide.

Transmission dynamics reveal the impracticality of COVID-19 herd immunity strategies

This study simulating SARS-CoV-2 spread in the United Kingdom finds that achieving herd immunity without overwhelming hospital capacity leaves little room for error, and assesses the long-term prospects of success using two approaches: mitigation and suppression.

The Global Health Security Index is not predictive of coronavirus pandemic responses among Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development countries

A discrepancy is suggested between the GHS index rating and the actual performance of countries during this pandemic, with an overestimation of the preparedness of some countries scoring highly on the G HS index and underestimation of those of other countries with relatively lower scores.

COVID-19 ethnic inequalities in mental health and multimorbidities: protocol for the COVEIMM study

People in the SMI group were more likely to die and to have mental and physical multimorbidities and the effect of COVID-19 on people from minority ethnic backgrounds with SMI and multimorebidities remains under-studied.

Magnitude, demographics and dynamics of the impact of the first phase of the Covid-19 pandemic on all-cause mortality in 17 industrialised countries

An ensemble of 16 Bayesian probabilistic models were applied to vital statistics data to consistently and comparably estimate the impacts of the first phase of the Covid-19 pandemic on all-cause mortality for 17 industrialised countries.

Factors influencing the mental health of an ethnically diverse healthcare workforce during COVID-19: a qualitative study in the United Kingdom

COVID-19 has affected the mental health of HCWs and healthcare organisations should consider developing strategies to counter the negative impact of these factors, including recommendations made by HCWs themselves.

Overarching policies to address the pandemic crisis in Europe

COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on our world, affecting societies, economies, and healthcare systems across the globe, while changing many social, economic, and healthcare

Global human security in the post–COVID-19 era: The rising role of East Asia

Kenji Shibuya and coauthors discuss the potential contribution of East Asian countries to global health in the light of COVID-19.

It was good while it lasted: politics is at the heart of public health but are we willing to engage?

  • M. Mckee
  • Political Science
    Journal of public health
  • 2022
This paper, written to mark the 50th anniversary of the Faculty of Public Health, reflects on the challenges to governance in a United Kingdom outside the European Union. Drawing on Virchow's call to



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Although a number of assumptions need to be reexamined, like age structure in social mixing patterns and in the distribution of mobility, hospitalization, and fatality, it is concluded that verifiable evidence exists to support the planning of emergency measures.

Commentary on Ferguson, et al., “Impact of Non-pharmaceutical Interventions (NPIs) to Reduce COVID-19 Mortality and Healthcare Demand”

A coarse taxonomy of models is discussed and the context and significance of the Imperial College and other models in contributing to the analysis of COVID-19 are explored.

Covid-19: UK holds off closing schools and restricts testing to people in hospital

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Government changes are jeopardising public health

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