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The Covid Action UK campaign condemns in the strongest possible terms the decision to pause or scrap the ONS Covid-19 Infection survey.
Joan Twelves — a member of the Covid Action Steering Committee — has been a participant in the ONS survey. She explains that the survey “is far more than just a survey detailing who has Covid and who does not – though that is very important data – it also checks with its participants how many contacts they have had, whether they went out with a mask on, and a whole range of other data which is so important to understand not just the prevalence of Covid, but how people are continuing to try to mitigate the virus. As somebody who is clinically extremely vulnerable I need that data personally so that I know what risk I am taking when I go outside the house.”
The ONS survey is the only survey which has proper, scientifically verified methodology, and with this pause or cancellation we are seeing once again the Government’s determination to gaslight the population into believing Covid no longer exists. Despite their best efforts we all know someone who is sick with Covid, or recovering from Covid, or struggling with Long Covid, and sadly some of us know people who have died in recent days due to Covid.
We all need to be able to access the information the ONS Covid-19 survey provides so that we can assess risk and modify our behaviour accordingly. It is scandalous that the Government, in an attempt to brush the whole pandemic experience under the carpet, is removing the only sensible, scientifically valid source of data. We need to fight to make sure that the ONS survey continues just as much as we must fight to ensure there is a vaccination programme for all, not only those who are over 75 or clinically vulnerable.
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