Covid-19 Archive

Daily Newsletter Sunday 31st May 2020


Overnight the BBC released an excellent piece of science journalism from their Science Editor David Shukman. It was called "Coronavirus: The mystery of the 'silent spreaders'". It discusses the problem of so called asymptomatic carriers of the virus. In most cases, they won't actually be caught by the track and trace system.

They'll never show symptoms and so won't report them. They'll infect people and won't know it. People infected by them might not realise where they got it from. And even if the 'silent spreader' is contacted, they'll be told to isolated for 14 days and asked to make contact if they show symptoms. Of course they won't show any, so they'll never get tested.

The most chilling reference in this BBC story is to Typhoid Mary. She spread typhoid wherever she went in New York. When she was eventually tracked down, the authorities decided to keep her in confinement for 23 years until her death in 1938. She had committed no crime but was effectively sentenced to life imprisonment to protect the public.

It's a chilling thought, and surely couldn't happen today? Unfortunately, it might. We don't yet know how long an asymptomatic person can live with the virus, or whether they eventually eject it completely from their body. This is still the subject of ongoing research.

Masks will offer us all some protection from these 'silent spreaders', but only if masks are mandatory. Surely, we need to address this risk now?


None that we know of!


215 deaths were reported by the Government yesterday taking us to 38,376 across the UK. The numbers of new daily infections rose to 2,445, still within the capacity of the new track and trace system.


In Northamptonshire another 11 cases were reported yesterday with the specimen dates being spread back over the last few days. The total number of cases is now 1,485.

3 new infections were reported in East Northamptonshire yesterday.

Local Authority Cases per 100,000 population Daily increase
Bedford 653 380.5 5
Kettering 239 236.0 3
Northampton 492 218.5 3
East Northamptonshire 196 208.7 3
Wellingborough 160 201.3 1
Corby 125 176.5 1

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And finally . . .

As some schools start back tomorrow, parents need to think a little differently...

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