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Scottish Government COVID-19 Advisory Group minutes: 18 June 2020

Published: 23 Jun 2020
Date of meeting: 18 Jun 2020

A note of the twenty-first meeting of the COVID-19 Advisory Group held on Thursday 18 June 2020.

23 Jun 2020
Scottish Government COVID-19 Advisory Group minutes: 18 June 2020

Items and actions

  1. The Advisory Group discussed the infection prevention and control (IPC) measures that have been implemented in care homes. The group noted the importance of such measures in preventing additional covid-19 cases.
  2. As part of the discussion on IPC measures, the group considered how and when such measures may be able to be decreased and what systems would need to be in place to enable these to be rapidly reintroduced if the risk of a further outbreak became were to increase.
  3. The group recognised the impact that the absence of visiting can have on residents of care homes. The group reiterated the importance of taking into consideration the balance of harms when deciding whether to ease restrictions on visiting. The group continues to consider emerging evidence in this area.
  4. The group considered available data on testing relating to the use of PCR tests. It was noted that this type of test is most effective as a diagnostic tool. In addition, group members raised the growing importance that serology testing will have the management of the pandemic.
  5. The group discussed the importance of the public’s adherence to measures. Part of this will require some normative changes, notably urging those who feel unwell not to ’soldier on’ as well as encouraging them to get tested immediately. The group discussed the importance of supporting individuals who are asked to self-isolate and what external factors could support this.
  6. The group acknowledged the ongoing work of the Expert Reference Group for the impact of covid-19 on minorities. They discussed some short and medium-term recommendations that can be provided to the Scottish Government on this issue.