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 Thoughts on the Corona Virus Covid-19


 The Corona Virus Covid-19


Non of this page is my own work

 BUT, I have some interesting contacts!


I've collected some of their comments on the coronavirus below the links to latest NHS and UK Government advice

Much of it is relevant to pupils/students in schools, colleges and universities.


Statistics for the UK in 2020 - updated April 8th

1. Total coronavirus cases in the UK 2020 1.

1. Total coronavirus cases in the UK 2020


2. Daily rate of new coronavirus cases in the UK 2020 2

2. Daily rate of new coronavirus cases in the UK 2020


3. Total active (infected) coronavirus cases in the UK 2020 3.

3. Total active (infected) coronavirus cases in the UK 2020


4. Total deaths from coronavirus cases in the UK 2020 4.

4. Total deaths from coronavirus cases in the UK 2020


5. Rate of daily new deaths from coronavirus in the UK 2020 5.

5. Rate of daily new deaths from coronavirus in the UK 2020


For UK see

Worrying graphs for UK forcing government to change strategy.

Will schools/colleges/universities stay open?

For China see

Is China winning? Graphs are encouraging!

April 6th 2020

The latest corona death figures suggest that we may be jogging along at about 600-700 deaths a day.  How long will this go on for?
If lockdown is relaxed then inevitably death rates will soar.  On the most optimistic forecast, we may assume that only 1/400 infected die overall from COVID-19.  This means that if the only solution is herd immunity, 40 million people infected in Britain will result in 100,000 deaths, possibly over the next six months.
What is the alternative?  Obviously it is early days in possibly reducing the death rate with the use of HCQS, but unfortunately existing protocols may have to be abandoned.  The key argument is whether we should continue in our normal thinking about clinical trials or accept that we have to think outside the box.

March 30th 2020 Dear all

We live in the West that believes in free speech.  Sometimes this illusion can have fatal results.  For example, in 2016 the NHS carried out a secret exercise to see if the infrastructure could cope with a flu pandemic.  The results were dire but never published and we have only recently found out that such an exercise took place.  If people had been able to speak freely at the time, the public reaction would have caused politicians and the NHS bureaucracy to change tack in such a way that they could cope with future pandemics.  Not only did they not inform the public, but they didn’t even act on their own findings.
This cover-up problem is endemic in our society and was one of the main reasons why I published Welcome to Geordiestan in June 2018.  One of life’s little ironies is it predicted the corona outbreak eighteen months before it happened.
The book draws attention to a much worse pandemic to come, namely that radioactive fallout, whether from natural or nuclear sources, can have serious long-term genetic consequences.  In effect, because of the exponential growth of genomic instability between generations, we are now facing a genetic pandemic which may see the extinction of the human race within twenty generations.
Welcome to Geordiestan is an experiment in finding out whether new radical ideas in science can be communicated to a wider audience to avert future dangers.  You have been warned!
Best wishes
John Urquhart

March 19th 2020 "Singing for hope and joy!

(I'm in the, now suspended, Dalesmen Singers )

Please see below a message from my Belgian composer friend, Erika Budai. We became acquainted during the 2018 Music Holiday at Berwang, Austria, You may (not) feel it appropriate to forward the message to Dalesmen.

It is a way of encouraging solidarity among choirs at a time when no choir activity is possible (and most Dalesmen know 'Speed your journey').
Best wishes
------ Forwarded Message ------
From: "Erika Budai" <>
To: "" <>
Sent: 19/03/2020 11:00:46
Subject: Singing for the Corona heroes

Dear John,


Hope you are all doing well, considering the most odd times we’re living in right now.


In Belgium, we live in a state of lockdown since one week now. I’m not allowed to go out teaching nor travelling, nor visiting friends or family, only to do my shopping in the supermarket - if strictly necessary. All other shops, but also schools, universities, theatre and cinemas are closed, all traffic has been seriously diminished. This situation will last for at least 5 weeks in Belgium… Yes, the situation is quite serious here at this very moment.


Still, I keep contact with all my students from the composition class by teaching them from a distance, distributing tasks and new projects through mailing. They send their homework back to me, so that I can correct if possible and give positive comment. I call it “Corona Teaching”: working at home from a safe distance – perhaps an expression that will be common one day!…


Since yesterday evening, people started to give a warm applause here in Louvain and elsewhere in Belgium for all those who work in the medical sector. As I’ve got beloved friends working in the medical sector here in Louvain, putting their lives at risk to save the lives of ill people, I encourage everyone in my own street to sing for these medical heroes! – especially dedicated to all people in Italy, who suffer most. As singing all together is the very best remedy to keep up vitality, joy and friendship!


Here’s a link to a famous song we would like to sing in my street tonight, starting at 8 o’clock sharp – that means: 7 o’clock PM UK-time and 9 PM for our Friends in Greece. Maybe you (and your choir) will join us tonight? 😊


Va pensiero (From Nabucco – VERDI) – CLICK ON THE LINK:


The Choir of the Hebrew Slaves sing in the opera all together:

Please, let God inspire us so that we can bear our suffering!


Please, spread the word by mail, on Facebook… to everyone you know, if possible. 

Many thankXXXs in advance! Keep it safe, sound and sunny 😊


With love from Belgium and a warm hug to every-one of you from a distance!



Erika Budai (Composer & Music Teacher – Louvain, Belgium)

The graph looks a bit worryingly exponential to me!


March 13th 2020: The latest advice from the UK's NHS

Stay at home if you have coronavirus symptoms

Stay at home for 7 days if you have either:

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you're staying at home.

Lots more on


March 13th 2020: From the UK Government website


The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:

  • new continuous cough and/or
  • high temperature

For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild infection

Main messages

  • if you have symptoms of coronavirus infection (COVID-19), however mild, do not leave your home for 7 days from when your symptoms started.
  • this action will help protect others in your community while you are infectious
  • plan ahead and ask others for help to ensure that you can successfully stay at home
  • ask your employer, friends and family to help you get the things you need to stay at home
  • stay at least 2 metres (about 3 steps) away from other people in your home if possible
  • sleep alone, if possible
  • wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds, each time using soap and water
  • stay away from vulnerable individuals, such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions, as much as possible
  • you do not need to call NHS 111 to go into self-isolation. If your symptoms worsen during home isolation or are no better after 7 days, contact NHS 111 online. If you have no internet access, call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999

Why staying at home is very important

Staying at home while you have coronavirus (COVID-19) helps to protect your friends, colleagues and the wider community. It will also help to control the spread of the virus.

We realise that staying at home may be difficult or frustrating, but there are things that you can do to help make it easier. These include:

  • plan ahead and think about what you will need in order to be able to stay at home for the full 7 days
  • talk to your employer, friends and family to ask for their help to access the things you will need in order to successfully stay at home
  • think about and plan how you can get access to food and other supplies such as medications that you will need during this period
  • ask friends or family to drop off anything you need or order supplies online, but make sure these are left outside your home for you to collect
  • make sure that you keep in touch with friends and family over the phone or through social media
  • think about things you can do during your time at home. People who have successfully completed a period of staying at home have kept themselves busy with activities such as cooking, reading, online learning and watching films
  • when you are feeling better, remember that physical exercise can be good for your wellbeing. Look for online classes or courses that can help you take light exercise in your home

AND, again, lots more on


The extra thoughts!

March 13th 2020: From a retired epidemiologist and medical statistics expert

Suppose we found there was a particular ethnic group that had 40 times the chances of dying from the corona virus compared with the rest of the population?  The authorities would immediately arrange special precautions including self-isolation for this group with enough food for several weeks and no visits unless the visitor had been in quarantine or had been very recently tested with an infrared (IR) thermometer to test for any temperature elevation.  Unless such precautions were adopted, then 99% of all deaths from COVID-19 in the UK would be due to that particular ethnic group.

Now, for ethnic group read anyone over the age of 65.  Why is the government not addressing itself to the obvious problem which is to isolate and support OAPs?  Many of them will be visited by social/health workers who should be tested regularly to show they do not have the corona virus.  The importance of the IR thermometer is it can detect the course of a disease in an apparently healthy person two days before they show symptoms.  Since the virus increases exponentially in the human body this is the most critical period.

The present plans of the UK government are not going to work.  Don’t be distracted by the Italian disaster.  We are running 12-20 days behind the Italians and our cases are swinging between doubling or trebling every four days which means that by March 24th on present projections we will have between 4,000 and 20,000 cases with the most likely figure around 9,000.  And of course that is only the beginning of the massive increase.

By the Ides of March (March 15th) all OAPs should be in pole position with an adequate supply of food and not answer the front door to anyone including loved ones unless it is essential.  But the rest of the population could carry on as normal.  Indeed, there is a strong argument that increasing the infection rate in younger age groups would “burn out” the virus, therefore offering greater protection to OAPs when they finally emerge from their self-imposed purdah.


March 13th 2020: An interesting message from a homeopath which you may find of interest.

The flowering snowdrops and crocuses look so wonderful at this time of year. Spring is finally here.
Some of you have been asking how to address the issues regarding coronavirus naturally. As you may have read it gives cold/flu like symptoms which may (or may not) lead to respiratory conditions such as pneumonia. Bugs will thrive given the right soils. As you would do so for any cough/cold/flu there are some essential things to consider in keeping the environment (your body) from unwanted hosts. Here are some options to consider: What is being researched and working well on this current (celebrity) virus is Vitamin C (high dose). Although studies are being done with high dose intravenous Vitamin C, if ingesting your gut will only tolerate around 5g before you then start to get diarrhoea. As it is a water soluble vitamin and your body will flush out any excess, it's best to work up slowly and to stop at a dose that feels comfortable to you

Elderberry and elderflower (Sambucus sp) are well researched for their anti cold/flu potential [2] Elderflower can be taken as a tea.
A very recent scientific study about Chinese Herbal Medicine and the coronavirus looking at plant chemicals that destroy it and plant antivirals which are effective. Some of these herbs are not easily available but one such herb was Liquorice. So if you enjoy Liquorice tea you may want to start on that.

We have a special 5-herb immune blend we use to support the body against infections (our clinic formula). The five herbs contained in the formula have very good antibacterial and antiviral bio-active properties. In addition keep your nutrition and diet full of quality organic vegetables and (dark) fruits, add in raw foods in the form of juices or salads where possible. There have been many cases where people have improved rapidly so don't feel it is the end of the world.


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