Covid 19 in 2020

Covid 19 Face visor on Poppy

With some Engineering skills and a 3D printer, I joined the National 3D Printing Society to create face visors for people in healthcare areas as Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). This is because there are severe shortages of PPE. Accountability for this must be served at a later date for those in charge, but for now lets get printing.

I have printed 221 after 3 weeks although a lot of optimising of print settings took place in the first 10 days then moving to 24×7 printing. This whole effort is a non-profit exercise from supply to delivery with the largest cost, filament used to create them. To help sustain this activity a JustGiving charitable drive is underway to finance supply of filament used in their manufacture and keep supply going.

Statistics

During this pandemic, I have been tracking statistics from The Scottish Government. Credit is due because important metrics are usually buried or unpublished by large bureaucracies. Look at the UK Government site. Focusing on Scotland, you can get a great read of speed and spread of the virus.

I must first highlight that my analysis is taken from Scottish Government Covid 19 and its Open Data on Population. The data is broken down into Scottish Health Boards:

Image from Institute for Healthcare Improvement website

This first visualisation focuses on how the spread of the virus has been tracked through Scotland’s Health Boards. This graphic tracks the spread of tested or suspected Covid positive cases in hospital per capita of each Heath Board. Or how deep the virus has spread using hospital data.

I will publish further visuals based on the data as it develops.

No Representation Without Participation

Banner 1 – Spell out the obvious

Felt like a student tonight. Something agitates your balance and forces you into fight or Netflix or Channel 4 as it was back then. So it is now. I can’t sit back, ignore or change channel. ‘Something must be done’ has bitten so I’m off to London town to register my displeasure.

Brexit is an old Conservative malignancy that was never treated. It festered and turned. John Major tried, Ken Clarke tried, David Cameron thought he could avoid it through a referendum and lost. Against all odds it was lost by a margin of 2.4% of the voting population. Coupled with a Vote Leave campaign that has since been fined and investigated by the Police over illegal practices during the referendum.

Social problems that contributed to people voting Leave require UK government action, not a detachment from the market that fuels our economy.

Now its infecting the country and at a stage where it WILL seriously harm our economy. That means less taxes, less adequate services, lower employment and poorer people. The softer impacts have us less tolerant, less welcoming or downright cold callous deportation of people who have settled in this country and have worked and paid taxes for decades. Dispatched like rats from their home. The ‘Nasty Party’ virus is making us a nasty country. One-nation conservatism is dead as Theresa fails badly her wannabes bob in the wings. (By their looks Conservatives are turning sour. I have voted conservative in the past). Compounding that tragedy is Labour’s lurch hard left. History tells us here be dragons, but they seem to have forgotten. So who the heck is left looking competent?

That is for tomorrow. Today demands a burst of colour, strong voice and humour on the streets of London town. (And I’m generally not the sort of person who normally does this sort of thing). Looking forward to sharing more photography soon. There’s enough politics around, sorry folks.

Banner 2, Seems a reasonable request
One that nearly got to London…!