- 15 Jun 2020
Items and actions
- The Advisory Group discussed the data sources that may have potential for monitoring early warning signs of new outbreaks at local level. Additional work is needed to better understand the data available and how this can be leveraged by authorities.
- The group welcomed the creation of the Scottish Government expert group to examine the impact of COVID-19 on ethnic minority communities in Scotland. The Advisory Group will continue to consider emerging scientific evidence on the effects of the virus on ethnic minority population and support the new expert group.
- The current challenges with testing were discussed. Group members considered current testing capacity and the testing strategies for different groups, including symptomatic cases and the role of active case finding in certain contexts with asymptomatic cases. As part of the government’s Test and Protect programme, the group discussed the importance of testing those with a high degree of exposure to covid-19 cases, particularly individuals in the same household.
- The group noted the risk of non-compliance to self-isolation measures from those who are asymptomatic and test negative to covid-19, but reinforced the importance of adherence to prevent further community transmission.
- It was noted that covid-19 can cause a number of symptoms in addition to the main symptoms of a high temperature, a new or continuous cough and loss or change to your sense of smell or taste.
- Discussions on the use of face coverings in health and social care, and community settings continued.