It’s been a while since I’ve written about Covid, partly because it’s felt like not much has changed during these long gloomy weeks of lockdown, and partly because I’ve been hanging out on Twitter a lot observing the discourse and mulling it over. But I guess it’s fair to say that we’re moving into a new phase of the pandemic now, and that over the past few weeks my thoughts about it all have percolated into a few persistent messages. Note that scientific and opinions and predictions as to what will or should happen next are pretty broad at the…


[NB This article was orignially a twitter thread]


[I am a UK-based infectious disease epidemiologist with specialism in new and emerging infections, and write regular “explainer” posts about the pandemic, of which this is the latest. There’s currently a lot of misinformation and misunderstanding swirling about the internet regarding COVID-19 — so please do remember to check someone’s credentials if they are posting about it. You can find my CV on LinkedIn (Georgia Ladbury). Usual disclaimer that I am writing in a personal capacity and my views don’t necessarily reflect those of my employer]


(TL;DR: vaccinate)

  • *Hazard warning– this post comes with Shakespearean puns**

And so we draw to a close a spectacular week in which we saw Margaret Keenan and William Shakespeare (what’s in a name?) be the first people of thousands to receive a Covid vaccine in the UK. At last there is light at the end of this long tunnel that we have been feeling our way through. The news brings hope to many, but also trepidation — how can these vaccines have been produced so quickly, and how can we know that they are safe?


[I am a UK-based infectious disease epidemiologist with specialism in new and emerging infections, and write regular “explainer” posts about the pandemic, of which this is the latest. There’s currently a lot of misinformation and misunderstanding swirling about the internet regarding COVID-19 — so please do remember to check someone’s credentials if they are posting about it. You can find my CV on LinkedIn (Georgia Ladbury). Usual disclaimer that I am writing in a personal capacity and my views don’t necessarily reflect those of my employer]


13.09.2020 — CORONAVIRUS UPDATE


As we’re leaving lockdown, I thought it would be a good time to write another article assessing where we are with coronavirus right now and what it means for us all. Brace yourself, we’re entering complex times so this is a long one! Usual caveat that I’m writing in a personal capacity as a UK-based infectious disease epidemiologist and not linked to any organization; if you want to check out my credentials you can find my CV on LinkedIn (Georgia Ladbury).


As I stepped out onto the street for my daily walk this evening, I could hear nothing but birdsong. I live on a busy street in London, and at 6pm the road would normally be full of cars, engines whirring, horns beeping, indicators flashing. But today there was only emptiness, stillness, and birdsong. The message has got through, the world is on pause, and we are finally staying at home in anticipation of what’s to come.


I’m an infectious disease epidemiologist with a background in new and emerging infections, just like this new coronavirus which is currently sweeping the world.

Georgia Ladbury

I’m an infectious disease epidemiologist with special interest in zoonoses, new & emerging infectious, One Health, and interdisciplinary public health research

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