Tagged: testing

Why I’m confident there is no community transmission in NZ - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Jun 25, 2020

Both the leader of the opposition Todd Muller and University of Auckland Professor Des Gorman have gone on the record as saying they suspect Covid-19 is spreading in the community in New Zealand once again. Let me explain why I don’t agree with them. As best I can tell there are two reasons Muller and Gorman have jumped to the … Read More

Why are we seeing these new cases of Covid-19 in New Zealand? - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Jun 23, 2020

After weeks of no new cases of Covid-19, in the last week we’ve recorded nine. That’s sounds pretty scary, but here’s why there’s no reason to panic. For weeks now, almost every day there have been over 100,000 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 around the world. On two days last week that number topped 170,000. Sadly, it looks like the … Read More

Just how widespread is Covid-19 in people with no symptoms? - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Apr 22, 2020

Did you hear about the testing of the general population in Iceland for Covid-19 that found that half of the people who tested positive didn’t have any symptoms? When I heard that, the first thing I thought was: shit, there are heaps of people walking around spreading Covid-19! And they don’t even know it, aaargh! I had a similar … Read More

Testing for COVID-19 in NZ to Achieve the Elimination Goal - Public Health Expert

Public Health Expert Apr 06, 2020

Nick Wilson,1 Ayesha Verrall,1,2 Len Cook,3 Alistair Gray,3 Amanda Kvalsvig,1 Michael Baker,1 (1epidemiologists, 2infectious disease physician, 3statisticians) In this blog, we raise ideas for how New Zealand might optimise testing to both identify cases in the community as part of the COVID-19 elimination strategy, and to confirm when the virus has been completely eliminated from the country. These are … Read More

Lifting our game against COVID-19 - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Mar 23, 2020

We need to be lifting our game against COVID-19. [Edit: this was written before to the announcement of the Level 4 lockdown, and the National State of Emergency. The explanation of why we’re doing this, and general points should still be useful.] You and I need to help those working to prevent the spread of COVID-19 while they’re trying to … Read More

Give your two cents on electric vehicles in NZ - misc.ience

Aimee Whitcroft Sep 12, 2012

No doubt, some of you care (in some way or other) about electric cars, the technol9ogy on which they’re built, their useage and their future.   If one of those people is you, you could do worse than hieing* yourself over to the brand new – as in started yesterday – EV Supporters community. So [...] … Read More

Putting government policy on trial - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Aug 31, 2012

Ben Goldacre, author of Bad Science, is one of several authors of a British cabinet paper examining the concept of putting government policy to random controlled trials - similar to the way that medical treatments are tested. You can read his introduction on badscience.net and their cabinet paper, Test, Learn, Adapt: Developing Public Policy with Randomised Controlled … Read More

Literate and test-driven programming (in bioinformatics) - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Jun 01, 2011

PROGRAMMING and BIOINFORMATICS: Literate and test-driven development, especially for data-processing projects. One of my concerns about bioinformatics (or computational biology) is the quality of the software efforts. As encouragement for thought on this, I’ve outlined below an approach I take for many of my projects. [caption id="attachment_1045" align="alignleft" width="350" caption=""Code Monkey" … Read More