Coronavirus Could Reappear or Burn Like Fireworks – Professor | Scientific and technological news


The coronavirus epidemic could be similar to a smoldering fire, the embers of which could again “ignite” – or it could have burned like fireworks, according to an expert.

The comments were made on a YouTube live stream of a group of scientists trying to provide an independent analysis of the COVID-19[female[feminine crisis.

Professor Karl Friston, a renowned neuroscientist, explained how a second wave of infections could occur when the restrictions on locking are relaxed.

    Secretary of Health Matt Hancock chairs the daily COVID-19 digital press conference with the Deputy Chief Physician, Professor Jonathan Van-Tam and the Professor of Public Health and Epidemiology, coordinator of the national effort test, Professor John Newton to take stock of coronavirus disease.

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He explained, “You can define the immediate problem as how a firefighter would respond to a fire.

“There are two scenarios you could consider: you think you have put out the fire and the firefighters are going home – and yet there are little embers that will ignite again if they leave prematurely. It would be the analogy of pushes. “

But the University College London expert said that another strong possibility was that “we witnessed a firework or an explosion and everything that can be burned has been burned”.

He said: “It basically depends on the division between dealing with a fire that has been partially extinguished and we have to keep coming back and smashing the embers to avoid a second push.

“Or, did we actually witness what happened and now we have entered this window of opportunity where the explosion occurred and there will now be a resupply of combustible materials as we lose the ‘immunity. “

Professor Friston said it was not yet known if immunity to the virus could be lost, but it was essential to know how many people were likely to be immunized after the current “first wave”.

He said a random antibody test of around 5,000 people would give scientists “a very good idea” of the matter.

Professor Friston is one of 12 experts in various scientific fields on the so-called “rival SAGE”, a reference to the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies.

SAGE is the group that advises the government on its response to coronaviruses and is co-chaired by Sir Patrick Vallance and Professor Chris Whitty, familiar faces from the daily Downing Street briefings.

However, the group was accused of not being open and transparent in its functioning.

Professor Karl Friston
Professor Friston is one of 12 people in the “rival SAGE” group

The names of its members were released on Monday after weeks of pressure from critics, but details of their discussions have not been released.

The “rival” group was created by Sir David King, the government’s chief scientific advisor from 2000 to 2007.

It will examine questions such as how testing and tracing can be successfully carried out, what measures of social distancing will be necessary in the future and whether the protection of vulnerable groups has been sufficient.


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