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Scottish Government COVID-19 Advisory Group minutes: 27 April 2020

Published: 3 May 2020
Date of meeting: 27 Apr 2020

A note of the tenth meeting of the COVID-19 Advisory Group held on Monday 27 April.

3 May 2020
Scottish Government COVID-19 Advisory Group minutes: 27 April 2020

The Advisory Group discussed the recently published ‘Coronavirus (COVID-19): framework for decision making’, which members had contributed comments and feedback to.

Noting the four harms set out in the framework, the group discussed further areas for consideration and advice. It was agreed that the group’s advice should be on the basis of evidence-based principles and best practice for risk reduction rather than attempting to consider all possible applications.

The Advisory Group discussed the recent media coverage of SAGE, noting the need to be as transparent as possible about the work of the group while not inhibiting discussion. The group expressed concern that sometimes media reporting can interpret the inclusion of an idea in a document as endorsement or serious consideration, even if the document merely includes it for completeness or explicitly rules it out.

An update was provided on Scottish Government modelling work. The team is continuing work to pull together models from different groups in order to take into account different approaches and seek consensus from sometimes conflicting predictions. Different options for easing restrictions are being modelled and the group will be asked to examine this.