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Professor Pete Lunn, Head of the Behavioural Research Unit, ESRI speaking to media at the Covid-19 update in the Department of Health today

This afternoon.

“Our social activity measure has recorded increases in multiple forms of social activity — there are more people going to work, more visits to homes, individuals meeting with more people from outside their household, and higher numbers of close contacts.

“This is to be expected as restrictions lift. However, the data also reveal that these increases are much stronger among people who have been vaccinated.

Most people who are not yet vaccinated are continuing to be cautious. Our data are consistent with the majority of people waiting until they are vaccinated before increasing their activity again.”

Professor Pete Lunn, Head of the Behavioural Research Unit, ESRI

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23 thoughts on “Pick Your Herd

  1. SOQ

    Steve Baker, the deputy chairman of the Covid Recovery Group of Conservative MPs, said: “If it is true that the state took the decision to terrify the public to get compliance with rules, that raises extremely serious questions about the type of society we want to become.

    “If we’re being really honest, do I fear that Government policy today is playing into the roots of totalitarianism? Yes, of course it is.”

    https://unitynewsnetwork.co.uk/the-use-of-fear-to-control-behaviour-in-the-covid-crisis-was-totalitarian-scientist-group-admit/

    How exactly do they identify the strain because neither PCR not rapid antigen can do it?

      1. SOQ

        That reminds me of the old joke- How do you become gay? Well- first it is eveningwear, then swimsuit, then interview.

    1. John

      They sequence a small percentage of the samples to identify the strain.
      The identification lags the sampling and infection.
      Once they say we have detected x y z variant its already been circulating for weeks.

  2. Micko

    “ much stronger among people who have been vaccinated.”

    How do they know who’s moving about more?

    1. Dr.Fart

      because they can track where ya are from the 5G now inside you. best thing about the vaccine is the savage wifi coverage ya now get.

      1. Micko

        Well, obviously. ;)

        But, on the other hand – how do they really know? Are they just making it up or wha?

        1. Dr.Fart

          they have to be. there’s no way of knowing. like he could’ve just said “vaccinated people will PROBABLY move about more. and unvaccinated will PROBABLY be more cautious” .. and it wouldn’t have made a difference coz literally no one is listening to any of them anymore.

        2. scottser

          micko, you don’t need us to tell you they’ve been making pretty much everything up as they go along.

        3. Clampers Outside

          It’s right there in the text of the post…. The ESRI ‘social activity measure’

  3. f_lawless

    Since the beginning of this, the government has stressed that the mobile phone data it’s been obtaining from the mobile network companies is completely anonymised and aggregated in order to allay concerns about state overreach and breaches of GDPR through the tracking of citizens’ movements.

    But as this article from April 2020 says:
    https://www.irishtimes.com/business/technology/mobile-data-used-by-european-authorities-to-monitor-covid-19-spread-1.4235882
    “While aggregating data provides another layer of safeguards, privacy lawyers and experts say clear industry standards don’t exist. Datasets considered anonymous could identify someone if combined with another dataset.”

    Is that not the territory we’re now in if the state is combining datasets to profile the movements of the vaccinated Vs the unvaccinated? Genuine question..anyone?

    1. John

      This is already the case.
      Facebook, Google, Apple et al know where you are what you are doing and who you are meeting.
      Even if you are careful about the data you allow to be shared, your friends are likely not being so careful. They know where you go and who you meet even if you turn off location services on your phone.
      There are so many datasets out there. Good luck staying anonymous.
      I dont even have a facebook profile I hear you say. Facebook doesnt care, it has a profile for you anyway. Multiple friends have likely shared your phone number, email address etc with Facebook (most people just click share address book), They know your over lapping social circles, If you are in photos they have facial photo recognition on. They will do name recognition in posts etc. They will combine this with data procured from other sources.
      If you want to be scared of how crazy good they are at identifying people open the google photos app on your android phone. Click on search and there will be an option to search people by their faces. tap on any of those and you will find a photo of someone being identified by an obscured face photo or side profile. You will be looking at it thinking you couldnt even identify them in the photo but google managed it no bother!

      Privacy is dead. Get used to it.

  4. Bitnboxy

    This post is a veritable clarion call for the Bodge brigade. Van the man, the Telegraph – WAKE UP SHEEPLE!

  5. K. Cavan

    To perform a PCR test the sample is washed in various chemicals; detergents & dissolving acids, run through a centrifuge, puréed & filtered, then back into the centrifuge, a few more times. There will not be a complete genome left after that, which is why the tiny pieces of RNA left need to be duplicated, doubling the quantity multiple times, to detect a still tiny piece of RNA that looks the same as some part of the Sars02 genome. Yet somehow, magically, complete genomes from every single sample are being sequenced, compared to other samples, matched & identified. The behaviour of those infected has been minutely examined, every person they’ve been near has been tracked down & tested, using the same unknown test methodology to determine the infectiousness & potency of the “variant” & all this information has been collated, checked, complied & the results analysed, to enable the authorities to declare, with certainty, that variants are about & you’d better watch out. Coronaviruses evolve to be weaker & weaker, in terms of their clinical impact because an infected person walking about is a far more efficient spreader than someone who’s poleaxed & immediately confined to bed by a more virulent strain, yet all the new variants are evolving in the exact opposite direction from every other Coronavirus we’ve discovered, somehow. It’s unbelievable, isn’t it?

  6. eoin

    If you’ve had the pox you’re immune, many have natural immunity, those that are worried can get their jab. But now the universal narrative on this is that EVERYONE MUST get the jab. Anyone really still think all this is about keeping people safe? Was it ever? Watch for this too. Changing data on the vaccinated to make the vaccines look like they actually do something.

    https://www.zerohedge.com/covid-19/caught-red-handed-cdc-changes-test-thresholds-virtually-eliminate-new-covid-cases-among

    1. Lilly

      How do you know you’re immune. Getting the flu doesn’t make you immune from flu, so why is this different?

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