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Scottish Government COVID-19 Advisory Group minutes: 14 May 2020

Published: 18 May 2020
Date of meeting: 14 May 2020

A note of the fifteenth meeting of the COVID-19 Advisory Group held on Thursday 14 May 2020.

18 May 2020
Scottish Government COVID-19 Advisory Group minutes: 14 May 2020

Items and actions

The Advisory Group held a deep dive discussion on shielding, noting that the primary aim of the policy is to save lives but that shielding is very onerous for those being asked to isolate themselves completely for an extended period of time. The group noted the importance of making use of scientific knowledge to determine which groups are truly at highest risk. 

The group considered different approaches being taken to shielding internationally, noting a wide variation in approach. The group discussed that age is the strongest general risk factor, but that rare conditions by their nature may be difficult to accurately determine a level of risk for as they won’t show up in statistics. 

Reports from the UK and internationally of children presenting with Covid19 antibodies and symptoms similar to Kawasaki disease were noted as concerning. The group agreed that further information is needed and to monitor the evidence base as it develops as highlighted by SAGE.

The group discussed the issue of transmission of Covid19 within care homes, noting the need to coordinate research across the UK as highlighted by SAGE.