Tag Archives: Coronavirus

A clap (not a slap) for the NHS

  At 5pm yesterday I was clapping the NHS in hospital , shortly having received keyhole surgery. I have had good grounds for thanking the NHS over the past twelve months. As I  lay in bed last night I could … Continue reading

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“Mind the lag”; what we can learn from the States

In America they said the virus was beaten, and the virus wasn’t beaten This alarming chart illustrates the poor job the U.S. has done in containing Covid-19 compared to the European Union, a bigger region of independent countries that suffered … Continue reading

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C19 Actuaries weekly report – 16 May

Every week, more is written on COVID-19 than any individual could possibly read. Collectively, the COVID19 Actuaries Response Group read more about the outbreak than most, so we’ve decided each Friday to provide you with a curated list of the … Continue reading

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COVID-19 Actuaries; (6th weekly report)

  Every week, more is written on COVID-19 than any individual could possibly read. Collectively, the COVID19 Actuaries Response Group read more about the outbreak than most, so we’ve decided each Friday to provide you with a curated list of … Continue reading

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COVID-19 ; Vaccines and Antivirals

  What is a vaccine? Vaccination is the administration of a vaccine to help the immune system develop protection from a disease which is achieved by essentially imitating an infection. Vaccines have historically been constructed to  contain either inactivated viruses … Continue reading

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Risk factors for COVID-19

  Introduction A primary objective of epidemiology in respect of any disease is to establish the ‘risk factors’ that affect morbidity (succumbing to the disease) and mortality (dying from the disease). For most established diseases, for instance major cancers or … Continue reading

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How COVID-19 kills

This is what we see More than 190k people have died of COVID-19 worldwide to date. In EU/EEC countries about 30% of infected people require hospitalisation and 4% go into intensive care units (ICU)1. Of those hospitalised, 12% died. Those … Continue reading

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Stuart McDonald on who’s catching the virus (part 2)

Stuart’s first tweet thread on the ICNARC data can be read here.  This is part two and it’s co-morbid. The latest @ICNARC report is out. Let’s see if I can do a summary which is both jargon-free and typo-free this … Continue reading

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By their fruits ye shall know them.

    Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.  A good tree cannot … Continue reading

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Will health insurers be unlikely winners from Covid-19?

  Background Much of the media and public attention is focused on the progression of Covid-19 in terms of cumulative and daily number of cases, deaths and recoveries.  However, for health actuaries, our key interest is in infection rates and … Continue reading

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