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Scottish Government COVID-19 Advisory Group minutes: 4 June 2020

Published: 8 Jun 2020
Date of meeting: 4 Jun 2020

A note of the nineteenth meeting of the COVID-19 Advisory Group held on Thursday 28 May 2020.

8 Jun 2020
Scottish Government COVID-19 Advisory Group minutes: 4 June 2020

Items and actions

1. The Advisory Group discussed  SAGE topics, including:

  • clusters of infections associated with particular settings, noting that cluster tracing will be important, including backward tracing to find source cases.
  • latest immunology, which suggests that the majority of those who have been infected do have an immune response. It is still uncertain how long this response will last or the degree of protective effect.
  • the 2 metre rule. The evidence does not support changing this, but it should be noted that the effect of distance is on a continuum.

2. The group considered potential uses for additional testing capacity, including whether contacts of known cases could be tested even if they have no symptoms, and whether random testing could be carried out within certain groups. This is being done in some other countries, but some members of the group raised concerns about the likely rate of false negative diagnoses given the current low prevalence in the general population.

3. Face coverings in enclosed public settings were discussed, noting that this has been made mandatory in some other countries.

4. The group noted that media messaging about the easing of lockdown has been mixed and there is a potential for confusion. The group agreed that messaging from Scottish Government should continue to be clear and consistent.

5. The group discussed Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) risk and outcomes, agreeing that this is an important issue. The group noted that a background of inequalities has been highlighted by the pandemic and that there are interactions between ethnicity and other risk factors which must be taken into consideration.