- 14 May 2020
1. The advisory group discussed the increased attention being paid to R by politicians and the media. While acknowledging the importance of estimates of R, it was noted that this is a calculation and should be considered along with other metrics when assessing the evolution of the pandemic.
2. The group received an update of the latest nosocomial group meeting. Following this they discussed nosocomial infections and the role that testing and behavioural interventions targeted at healthcare workers could play in reducing this.
3. The group discussed the important role that shielding plays in the latest guidance from the UK Government. It was agreed that shielding should also be considered in future guidance from the Scottish Government. Increased covid-19 patient data will begin to allow researchers to begin to re-examine who is most at risk from the virus.