Category: Health and wellbeing

The Dormouse’s views on all things related to health and wellbeing.

Sweden’s failure


Over the last year #Sweden has:

  • Failed to deny its children an education
  • Failed to impoverish its people by not denying them employment
  • Failed to destroy their economy
  • Failed to put people under house arrest
  • Failed to deny #science

It’s also failed to:

  • Give into a media enflamed #hysteria
  • Give into the predictions made by poor science

… and as a result has had no significant change in the national death rate.

This is the strategy the UK was following until it gave in to uninformed media pressure. To date the UK policy of Lock-down after #lock-down is believed to have killed or harmed more than 10 times the number of those helped and is responsible for the prolongation of the #pandemic and some of the mutations.

Beyond parody, the UK’s newest response to COVID

Yesterday he Prime Minister of the UK announced a national house arrest for the vast majority of the UK population, the leaders of the devolved assemblies announced likewise. Schools are closed, people must stay at home unless certain exceptions apply. Businesses that have survived so far must shut, indeed the citizens of this once free nation are only permitted to work if their work is for an essential business and they can’t work from home.

Who’s demanded this, well teachers for one at least their unions, this years Christmas holiday clearly wasn’t long enough for them and they get paid, very well paid whether they’re at home or at work. Besides whoever said that children are entitled to an education and the companionship of their peers. Please, don’t excuse their behaviour by referring to “home learning”, home learning simply doesn’t work and is no substitution for the social activity of children interacting with their peers. As usual it’s the children of the poorest families who are hit the worst.

“Oh” we hear you say, “The poorest hit hardest, well at least the Labour Party will defend them. Well no, the Labour Party is funded by the unions and they’ve learned from hard experience not to bite the hand that feeds them so have decided to call for an even stronger house arrest than Boris has imposed … without it’s interesting to note the consent of Parliament.

Is there any science to this? The short answer is no, there is no evidence at all that Lock-Downs or home-imprisonment which is perhaps the better term has any positive effect on reducing the transmission of any virus. Indeed the net effect of locking people up in their homes is to prolong the life of the virus and kill more people, both in the short term for health reasons and in the long term through the effects of poverty.


People who are infected with the virus become immune to the virus for a short while afterwards – 3 to 6 months. Currently in the UK there are believed to be around two and a half million are already immune through this mechanism, this number increases in line with the daily infection rate. The faster the rate of infection then then faster the rate of immunisation. It really is as simple as that.

But the current increase in infection is leading to an increase in hospitalisation which is leading to extra strain on the NHS and extra deaths.

No, as this doctor admits that’s far from the truth. Firstly the NHS has no idea of how many it’s treating for Covid 19, it simply reports how many people being treated for any condition that have also tested positive for COVID. Testing positive for Covid is not the same as being in hospital because of Covid. As of todays date there is no evidence to suggest that the additional known cases has lead to an increase in hospital admissions …

Dr Layla McCay, NHS confederation director confirms what The Dormouse writes above … and she should know.

Well surely there’s more deaths?

No, here’s the infection rate (John Hopkins University)

Here’s the death rate over the same period granted only London but is shows the trend.

Yes, this is only London, but London is said to the epicentre of a new wave of death and infection. If the death rate was

It’s painfully obvious that deaths are not following positive tests (or cases as the press like to very melodramatically present them). This is because more people are being tested and some issues with the PCB test producing false positives.

The bottom line is that although COVID is real, it is dangerous it is far less dangerous than is claimed. That the lock-downs imposed on what was once a free people are not simply unnecessary but are a risk to physical, mental and economic health. The Dormouse doesn’t pretend to know why the government is following this route, early last year the government were treating COVID 19 just like any other COVID virus. Following a mass campaign on social media and the Labour controlled press the government changed policy to imprison people within their own homes. Three times over the last year this policy failed, they are now imposing it for a forth time … The Dormouse suspect that the real reason for this nonsense is that the government has dug itself a hole that deep it needs the action of an outside influence to use as an excuse to return to normality. This excuse is the mass vaccination program – which although it should do much to reduce the severity of COVID 19 will not stop its spread

The UK Parliament votes on these new restrictions on Wednesday. If your thoughts are similar to those of The Dormouse you can write to your MP to try and stop this madness.

Covid death rate in the UK down for second week

Great news! Well yes it is, less deaths is always good news.

Sadly it’s also very bad news. It’s very bad news because it proves beyond any possible doubt that UK deaths caused by #Covid19 were dropping before the government imposed it’s “#Tier 4” lock-down policy on millions of British citizens. It proves that regardless of the spread of Covid19 the mortality rate is dropping, it proves that herd immunity and virus mutation was making Covid19 less dangerous.


It also proves that the current house arrest imposed on millions in SE England, Wales and Scotland is unnecessary. As a reminder under UK law and in particular the Human Rights Act 1998 any interference with certain rights held by a citizen by a government is unlawful if not done in accordance with law, is not necessary and is not proportionate.

Depending on the individual concerned the Government’s Tier 4 directions breach one or more of these rights:

  • Article 8: right to a private and family life
  • Article 5: the right to liberty and security
  • Article 1 of the First Protocol: right to peaceful enjoyment of your property
  • Article 2 of the First Protocol: right to education
  • Article 10: freedom of expression and
  • Article 11: the right to protest and freedom of association

As the government’s imposition of Tier 4 is based on claims that are clearly false and not only false but entirely at odds with the known facts it follows that the government’s interreference with our rights is #unlawful.

Some would say that it is a citizen’s duty to oppose a government acting unlawfully.

Covid Hotspots out of Europe


Covid Hotspots out of Europe

On Saturday the 19th of Dec the Prime Minister of the UK, #Boris Johnson announced a new UK Lock-Down Tier, tier 4. He placed around 16 million British people into this tier. No physical movement is permitted outside of the effected area shops and businesses are closed along other restrictions on an individuals personal freedoms.

The scare tactic used to justify this lock down were claims of a new mutation of the #Covid19 virus that according to the UK government spreads at speeds up to #70% faster than the non mutated strain. The UK government is now mooting proposals to continue this attack on the economy and traditional British civil freedoms until Easter 2021.

The basic premise is that this new #Covid19 mutation spreads faster than others. The scientific evidence on this claim is at best ambiguous and at worse contradicts this claim.

It is true that the UK has seen a rise in known Covid19 cases but of greater import is that these new cases have not lead to an increase in the mortality rate for this time of the year which remains more or less within the rolling 5 year average.


Frankly the government claims about an impending apocalypse aren’t simply wrong, they are bordering on the dishonest. The government’s claim that the new mutation (of a great many mutations) spreads faster is disproved by the above graph. The mutated strain was first spotted in September of 2020. If it was capable of spreading as claimed by the government then by late October, early November the death rate should have been approaching April’s levels. It isn’t. The conclusion is two fold either Covid19 is not spreading as claimed by the government and the extra cases noted are due to the additional testing that’s taking place or the virus is spreading as claimed but is not producing any significant numbers of additional deaths.

Either way this is not a public health emergency and there is currently no empirical evidence that demands the excessive lock-downs demanded by government.

Should we be frightened of new strains of Covid19? According to the #BMJ, the answer is probably not. Covid19 is similar to other viruses in that it mutates naturally, over time these mutations tend to become less virulent. In very simple terms a virus is like any other living thing, it wants to live. It it kills its host it dies with the host, by becoming less dangerous to health the virus promotes its own long term survival. For an update of what significant mutations have already taken place here’s an interesting little article by the UK consortium tasked with tracking the mutations.

One side effect of the UK government’s hysteria is that by promoting the idea that this new mutation is more contagious and by implication more dangerous and that this was an emergency situation #EU member states have used this as an excuse to stop trade and travel from the UK. This has nothing to do with the mutated virus, the EU is already infected but is all to do with attempting to influence the current #Brexit trade negotiations. It’s noteworthy that Boris and his band of hapless morons failed to anticipate this.

Once again the EU has shown itself to be untrustworthy and manipulative and yet some people still worship at the feet of that particular false idol.

Government madness

Lock-down fever …

  • Lock down 1 … Failed
    • Lock down 2 … Failed
      • Lock down 3 … Failed

We shouldn’t really have to say more but for the avoidance of all doubt Lock-Downs do not stop the transmission of #Covid19 or indeed any similar plague, Lock-Downs prolong the effectiveness of the virus by preventing #herd #immunity to develop. To put it more plainly, every time a person is exposed to the virus and recovers they become immune for a while, when enough people are immune we have herd immunity and the virus is beaten. By Locking-Down any immunity gained is lost because the immune person is no longer exposed to the virus and the necessary cells die off.

Lock Down Kills

Shelter the vulnerable, vaccinate them when vaccine is available and get everyone back to work, nothing else will get the country back on its feet.

Experimental vaccines

Health and wellbeing

Are you going to have the #Pfizer #vaccine when offered?

The head Dormouse here is in an “at risk” group in relation to #Covid19. He’s not going to take the vaccine and here’s why.

First and foremost, The Dormouse is not “anti-vaccine”, #Smallpox, #Polio, #Measles, #Mumps #Rubella and many more besides have been successfully eradicated in the wild or at the very least significantly controlled through the proper use of well developed vaccines. In the normal course of events The Dormouse takes the view that specific medical conditions of the person to be vaccinated aside one would have to be a moron to refuse appropriate vaccines. And ladies and gents if you’re still concerned about the #MMR vaccine for your children, you shouldn’t be. It’s been around long enough for anything to go wrong to go wrong and it turns out to be as safe as any other vaccine, if not more so.

The Dormouse has concerns about the Covid19 vaccines currently being offered though. These are those concerns:

  • Result data from any trial data from any company has NOT been published for any Covid19 vaccine.
  • No Covid19 vaccine trial data has of today been peer reviewed.
  • No compatibility trials (ie how does this vaccine interact with other medicines) have been conducted
  • Phase I, II and III trials are said to have been successfully concluded and indeed a vaccine could not be approved for use if they hadn’t, however no long term trials have taken place, nor could they have been done in the time available.
  • Governments, including the UK government have indemnified Pfizer and other drugs companies in the event of legal claims being made against them in respect of their vaccines.

The first two items are fundamental to the scientific method. If data is not validated by an independent, knowledgeable third party (publish and peer review) it is impossible to judge the accuracy of any claims made. This is basic, if there’s no peer review there’s no validation and from a scientific point of view any claims made by the discoverer have to be viewed with more than a pinch of salt.

The trials results rely only on manufacturers claims to the regulator. The reported results could be entirely accurate, there might be manageable minor errors, there might be major errors that place the whole program in doubt, there could even be catastrophic errors that lead to a public health emergency, this follows from the paragraph above. More than that is that to date we only have short term results available (no matter how correct), will the vaccine provide protection in a year’s time, what side effects will only come to light next year or the year after? We have no way of knowing.

Lack of compatibility trials means that these vaccines may be rendered useless or even worse have catastrophic effects on patients if they react with other drugs a person may be using.

Effectively the vaccines are still experimental. Their development and trials are not yet concluded and The Dormouse is not a lab rat. Having said that there are those much closer to death than him. An ethical way forward would be to offer the vaccine (after explaining its experimental nature) to those at the very pinnacle of risk from #Covid. That is, those with nothing to lose and where the risk of Covid far outweighs possible side effects. This additional test data could then be used to better inform the general population.

So for the general population do the potential risks associated with Covid outweigh the potential risks posed by the experimental vaccines? At this stage the best we can say is that the question is not yet answered. To which The Dormouse also asks, why if companies such as Pfizer have confidence in their product did they demand an indemnity before allowing their vaccines to be be deployed? To The Dormouse, that’s a big red flag.

  • No one associated with this website is a doctor or has relevant scientific qualifications
  • This article was written on the 3/12/20, information is changing constantly and some objections listed above may not be relevant when you read this page
  • Generally The Dormouse advocates vaccines and only demurs from that general principle in this special case
  • If your best friend walks over a cliff, you don’t have to follow him. The Dormouse has explained what he will do and what his views are, you must make up your own mind.

Meanwhile even mainstream news services are raising concerns, for instance here’s what Forbes (a well known politically independent US service) has to say.

It appears that these trials are intended to pass the lowest possible barrier of success. As this is being written, the FDA is poised to announce tougher standards for a Covid-19 vaccine in the near future. It is my hope that these new standards for an EUA will at a minimum include requirements for protections from infection itself, protections from severe virus-related disease leading to hospitalization, and a significant improvement in Covid-19 related mortality.



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A meal that’s ample is a meal that stops one’s hunger and a meal that’s nourishing is one that provides nourishment. Whether that be the famous Scotch Egg, a three course meal or a packet of crisps. Under the right circumstances all three of these could be #substantial, surely the test is the reaction of the diner.

Has the packet of crisps stopped the diners hunger, does it provide nourishment? Only the diner, not the #police can answer the first point, as for the second the nourishment is printed on the back of the packet. far be it for The Dormouse to tell folks to disobey the law as promogulated by an ever more authoritarian plod but speaks for himself – assuming he can find a publican brave enough to serve him it’s a pint of Best and a packet of crisp please and *&^% the boys in blue.

Stupid #UK #Covid regulations, an occasional column.

On line harms … but who’s harming who?

Curious one this. The UK’s top anti-#terrorist gruppenführer, Assistant Commissioner Neil #Basu is in the news again. This time it’s not to label children playing video games as suspected terrorists in the making (right wing of course, never left wing or Muslim); but instead to open the doors to “talk” about new censorship laws. And not anti-terrorist laws either, but health ones.

The Dormouse asks, should a police officer involve himself in health policy and more to the point should a police officer be involving himself in gestating new laws rather than enforcing the ones we the public through our elected representatives set?

Fine looking chap

Mr Basu suggested that it might be better if scientific information posted on line that casts doubts on the government’s handling of the Chinese Plague be censored. He didn’t actually put in in those terms, he actually highlighted “anti-#vaccination” articles but effectively that’s what his suggestion amounted to. These remarks of his hit the press on the 19th of November, curiously the following appeared on #Twitter on the same day.

300+ identical tweets, saying exactly the same thing and all calling for internet censorship.
(1) Laura Dodsworth on Twitter: “On 19 Nov there was a coordinated campaign of over 300 tweets, comprised of accounts which look genuine and some which seem to be bots. Who initiated this campaign and who deployed these accounts to push for online censorship?” / Twitter

Coincidence? I’d like to hope so, maybe some Chinese internet slaves tasked with pumping out post after post that will ultimately undermine the police in the UK by making them appear part of a conspiracy were responsible. One hopes so because no one would like to think any attempt to wrongfully sway public opinion by such clumsy methods could be made by London’s finest. #Covid is being used as an excuse for far to much political excess, lets not allow to much more!

And to answer Dormouse’s somewhat rhetorical questions. No, a police officer should not involve himself in health politics and even more so he should not be involved in setting out new laws. That’s the job of the public and our representatives.

Mike Yeadon speaks

So who’s Mike #Yeadon and why should you care? He’s a top rank #virologist, he’s also a previous vice-president of #Pfizer, holds a first class honours degree and relevant doctorate. Pfizer is one of the companies producing a #Covd19 vaccine. What he’s not is some lone wolf, conspiracy theory fruitloop living in his parent’s attic.

Dr Yeadon like a great many scientists is critical of the SAGE advice to the UK government and also believes that the the UK government is significantly mishandling its response to the Covid19 virus

There’s nothing unusual about this. For instance we can turn to the #Great_Barrington_Declaration signed by thousands of real scientists, many of whom are world leaders in their fields and who have been saying fundamentally the same thing from the international perspective for some time now. Many of you dear readers though won’t have heard of these people, this is because there is a process by which some social media companies are actively removing content.

Here’s what a rather alarmed but well known journalist had to say on #Twitter.

We say that it’s not the role of Social Media companies to edit what we as adults (and rather good looking rodents) can and cannot read. It’s bad enough when the subject of the censorship is the aforementioned roof dwelling conspiracy fruitloop but when social media companies decide what is and what is not good science the outcome for us all takes a turn for the worse.

Dr Yeadon’s censored video can now be seen here …

Dr Yeadon spouting wrongthink … you decide, it’s OK, unlike YouTube and HMG we trust you.

Today in the UK we are living under unprecedented restrictions. As a society we’re currently accepting these restrictions because we’re told by our government that the restrictions will prevent more deaths than they will cause. They base this advice on the advice of SAGE and SAGE alone. A group of advisors that we now know went to #wikipedia for information – yes, really! We know that the current government imposed restrictions on the people of the UK are causing deaths, causing poverty and are causing long term social and economic harm. Some political groups and organisations such as the UK #Labour Party and the #SNP are calling for even tighter restrictions despite the harm these will cause.

If these restrictions are genuinely saving more lives than they’re costing then so be it. The UK’s survived much worse. But what if these restrictions are doing the opposite and killing more than they’re saving? This is the question we and government need to answer and before doing so we need the very best advice, from the very best people whether than advice plays to our preconceptions or challenges them.

This means that we have to listen to real scientists on both sides of the debate, if we don’t then it’s axiomatic any policy decisions made are going to be flawed. For this reason we have to say no to #YouTube and the other Social Media companies censoring what we say and read and view. Social media companies are our clients, that make money out of their users and as such they they are our servants, not our masters.

Dr Mike Yeadon's letter to the UK  health secretary debunking government claims about the safety of the new Covid viruses being known and concluding that he does not trust the Health Secretary Mr Hancock.