Incomprehensibly Reverend Guli Francis-Dehqani, Bishop of Loughborough

And in the Big News today from a Faith Perspective, I’d like to talk about Authority, and what a jolly good thing it is.

Which brings me to Easter, whose name means “Jesus rising from the dead”.

This is exactly the same as NHS workers dying from the virus (that Jesus had nothing to do with).

Jesus washed people’s feet you know.

I trust I have made myself clear.

Should you Wear a Face Mask?

I keep hearing the phrase “there is no evidence…” that face masks provide any benefit, or that if used improperly, might actually increase your chances of contracting the virus.

Different jurisdictions are giving widely different advice on the subject. Some mandate face mask use in certain circumstances, others advise against their use.

When someone says “there is no evidence” they could mean that no one has looked and the effect is unknown. Or they could mean that people have looked and come to the clear conclusion that there is no benefit. In fact, neither is the case. Studies into the benefits of face masks in preventing the spread of SARS related viruses have been done, and they mostly conclude that face masks work.

View at Medium.com

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/340603522_Face_Masks_Against_COVID-19_An_Evidence_Review

So why do we keep being told the opposite? Are there studies out there that have shown that face masks increase the danger? Are they simply trying to protect stocks for medical staff (a perfectly worthy reason)?

Whatever the reason, “there is no evidence” appears to be quite simply untrue.

Real Deaths Update

The latest ONS figures for deaths in England and Wales have just been published.

https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/birthsdeathsandmarriages/deaths/datasets/weeklyprovisionalfiguresondeathsregisteredinenglandandwales

As before, the number of deaths registered in excess of the five year average, is much greater than has been attributed to covid-19.

The graph shows the difference in the number of deaths in England and Wales from the five year average. The total excess of deaths up to 17 Apr is 27,000. I’m going to assume an extra 10% for Scotland and Northern Ireland, bring the total to 29,700.

The number of UK deaths attributed to covid-19 by 17 Apr was 15,464. This is just over half the total excess death count.

The FT has performed a similar exercise for some other countries as well.

https://www.ft.com/content/6bd88b7d-3386-4543-b2e9-0d5c6fac846c