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

Published: 7 May 2020
Date of meeting: 4 May 2020

A note of the twelfth meeting of the COVID-19 Advisory Group held on Monday 4 May.

7 May 2020
Scottish Government COVID-19 Advisory Group minutes: 4 May 2020

Items and actions

1. The Advisory Group discussed the evidence from SAGE regarding outdoor transmission and agreed that, as the risk seems to be significantly lower than indoors, and the evidence is clear for the benefits of spending time outside, considering existing guidance on exercising outdoors as part of the overall consideration of any change to existing restrictions is advisable.

2. The group agreed that clear messaging would be very important to avoid confusion in the case of any change. In particular, the message must be clear that people must still maintain distance and that hand hygiene and cough / sneeze etiquette would be more important than ever.

3. Public Health Scotland is working on contact tracing and testing, and requested input from the group on these topics. The group considered the plans of other nations with a similar population size to Scotland and noted the importance of a few key issues in the development of a strategy for Scotland:

  • Clear definition of a contact
  • Test turnaround time, which was noted to be a largely logistical issue
  • If and at what point testing will be offered to contacts of positive cases
  • Ability for positive cases to self-isolate away from vulnerable household members