There are still people who do not know that the 2019 Coronavirus season was downgraded to the annual “flu” threat back in March 2020 during the first lockdown.

The official gov.uk website's guidancefn on infectious disease still reads:

As of 19 March 2020, COVID-19 is no longer considered to be a high consequence infectious disease (HCID) in the UK. Now that more is known about COVID-19, the public health bodies in the UK have reviewed the most up to date information about COVID-19 against the UK HCID criteria.

They have determined that several features have now changed; in particular, more information is available about mortality rates (low overall), and there is now greater clinical awareness and a specific and sensitive laboratory test, the availability of which continues to increase.”

A couple of days after this decision, the UK Government introduced lockdowns and introduced the most oppressive Bill in British Parliamentary history. The Emergency Bill, some 358 pages long, gave the Government and the police unprecedented powers.

Public meetings and elections were banned and there were new powers relating to 'restrictions on use and disclosure of information'.

What is the Definition of a High Consequence Infectious Disease?

In the UK, a high consequence infectious disease (HCID) is defined according to the following criteria:

• Acute infectious disease.
• Typically has a high case-fatality rate.
• May not have effective prophylaxis or treatment.
• Often difficult to recognise and detect rapidly.
• Ability to spread in the community and within healthcare settings.
• Requires an enhanced individual, population and system response to ensure it is managed effectively, efficiently and safely.


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