The SAGE Secretive Seven

In keeping with best practice, members of government advisory groups are invited to declare their interests in any companies or organisations that could be interested in influencing decisions made by the group. Seven members of SAGE are revealed here as having interests in companies that they chose not to declare. Of course, human memory isContinue reading “The SAGE Secretive Seven”

Who Owns SAGE?

The UK’s government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) was established in 2020 to “provide scientific and technical advice to support government decision makers during emergencies”. The latest of these has been the COVID-19 pandemic. SAGE members are drawn from a spectrum of disciplines including epidemiology, immunology, pharmaceutics, public health, psychology, modelling and statistics. BeginningContinue reading “Who Owns SAGE?”

Fear is a basic emotion that is activated in response to perceived threat

COVID-19 Milestone Series This post republishes: “The four horsemen of fear: An integrated model of understanding fearexperiences during the COVID-19 pandemic” by Adriano Schimmenti, Joël Billieux and Vladan Starcevic Citation: Schimmenti, A., Billieux,J., Starcevic, V. (2020). The four horsemen of fear: An integrated model of understanding fear experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic. Clinical Neuropsychiatry, 17Continue reading “Fear is a basic emotion that is activated in response to perceived threat”

Fear of COVID-19

COVID-19 Milestone Series In previous posts, here and here, I have drawn attention to the role of functional fear in human responses to COVID-19 pandemic. For various imaginable reasons, the government’s policy advisors do not openly discuss the use of fear in public health interventions, yet it is obvious to any observer that increasing fearContinue reading “Fear of COVID-19”

Fear of Coronavirus

COVID-19 Milestone Series Original article published in: J Anxiety Disorders 2020 Aug; 74:102258. doi: 10.1016/j.janxdis.2020.102258. Epub 2020 Jun 10. Fear of the coronavirus (COVID-19): Predictors in an online study conducted in March 2020 Gaëtan Mertens 1, Lotte Gerritsen 2, Stefanie Duijndam 3, Elske Salemink 2, Iris M Engelhard 2 PMID: 32569905 PMCID: PMC7286280 DOI: 10.1016/j.janxdis.2020.102258 Abstract Fear is an adaptive response in the presence of danger. However, when threatContinue reading “Fear of Coronavirus”

The Fear Motive – Missing from the Model

Capability, opportunity, and motivation to enact hygienic practices in the early stages of theCOVID-19 outbreak in the United Kingdom COVID-19 Milestone Series Extract from the originally published article in the British Journal of Health Psychology (2020), 25, 856–864. Authors: Jilly Gibson Miller et al. Open Access. This is an open access article under the termsContinue reading “The Fear Motive – Missing from the Model”

Functional Fear Predicts Public Health Compliance in the COVID-19 Pandemic

COVID-19 Milestones Series Authors: Craig A. Harper, Liam P. Satchell, Dean Fido & Robert D. Latzman Originally published in the International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction (2021) 19:1875–1888: “Functional Fear Predicts Public Health. Here I republish the first page (p. 1875) only. Abstract In the current context of the global pandemic of coronavirusContinue reading “Functional Fear Predicts Public Health Compliance in the COVID-19 Pandemic”


Covid-19: Omicron may be more transmissible than other variants and partly resistant to existing vaccines, scientists fear COVID-19 Milestone Series Originally published by the BMJ 2021; 375 doi: (Published 29 November 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;375:n2943 Author: Ingrid Torjesen Omicron, the SARS-CoV-2 variant responsible for a cluster of cases in South Africa and that is now spreading around the world,Continue reading “Omicron”

Pfizer’s Vaccine Trial Questioned

COVID-19 Milestone Series Covid-19: Researcher blows the whistle on data integrity issues in Pfizer’s vaccine trial Originally published in the BMJ 2021; 375 doi: on 02 November 2021 by Paul D Thacker, investigative journalist This post republishes an article about “Revelations of poor practices at a contract research company helping to carry out Pfizer’s pivotal covid-19 vaccine trial raiseContinue reading “Pfizer’s Vaccine Trial Questioned”

Estimating the number of infections and the impact of non-pharmaceutical interventions on COVID-19 in 11 European countries

COVID-19 Milestone Series Panic stations! UK deaths of 750 a day predicted and rising. The paper that threw the entire world into disarray. But were our fears justified? Only history will tell. But the consequences have been severe. 30 March 2020 Imperial College COVID-19 Response TeamDOI: Authors: Seth Flaxman*, Swapnil Mishra*, Axel Gandy*, HContinue reading “Estimating the number of infections and the impact of non-pharmaceutical interventions on COVID-19 in 11 European countries”