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This is the shit show I’ve been dealing with this week:
El Paso is dealing with triple the number of Covid cases of its previous peak and the health system is under strain
Not a fan of Sadiq or the past London Mayor, though I had time for mad Red Ken but that is fake news. He actually wants London to be free of stricter restrictions, at least socially.There was a scientist from the UK government's SAGE getting interviewed the other day in The Telegraph and when asked what is going to be the biggest problem this winter for extra mortalities and he replied ''Seasonal flu...''
Looking at the statistics in Europe while the infection rates are sky-rocketing, the mortality rates are well under control.
I've had the first colleague go down with it in Spain. He's off sick in isolation, but not needing hospitalization.
Some of the stuff that's going in the UK, particularly Wales and Scotland seems well over the top at this stage. Supermarkets not being able to sell anything other than essential items. Closing the border in case them dastardly English get in. Begging Westminster for more money to keep them in perpetual and endless lockdown until all risk of the virus is eliminated by vaccine.
Then you have Sadiq Khan, wanting London to be in severe lockdown, whilst his contemporary in Manchester is fighting to keep the city open.
When I was buying my watch today, I asked them how was the business and they said marginally down on normal, but not by much as many people who weren't going on holiday where using that money to buy watches.
Walling yourselves off or cooking the books is the only solution. I was in Iceland four weeks ago -an Island nation universally praised early on for its handling of the crisis- now, it is a mess. One of the highest infection rates, because it opened its borders, tourism is now the number one contributor to its economy and it couldn't afford to shut borders in perpetuity and now its paying the price.Does anyone have infections under control?
By my count it's only island nations that have walled themselves off (Taiwan, New Zealand) or countries whose numbers are suspiciously low given their population size (China).
With the 100 or more vaccines that were funded by international agencies or governments I have to think people who were refused research grant money are taking advantage of the coronavirus.I'm not saying that vaccines aren't profitable - but it's not the preferred business model of the pharmaceutical industry. Any conspiracy theorists who think that COVID-19 is a plot by "big pharma" to make massive profits from a vaccine are simply wrong.
You wish, but alas there is no conspiracy. I know it must suck fighting windmills day in day out, butBut these funny little conspiracy theories on mainstream public health and medicine you are pushing are the perfect parallel to Pimp’s incel political podcasts.
The incompetence is glaringly obvious, which is why large parts of the population don’t give a shit anymore. As evidenced eg by all the semi-legal and illegal parties taking place.^
It’s never as simple as a straight conspiracy, you always need to add a major dash of incompetence and graft.
Britain has a TB jab, I had it at school, most kids did. I've still got the keloid on my upper right arm to prove it.Sure is - I think that the BCG vaccine is almost a century old now!
It's in very widespread use in Japan, all across the rest of Asia, the Indian subcontinent, the Middle East, Africa and South America. The exceptions are most of Europe, the UK, North America, Australia and NZ.
The vaccine is not that effective - apparently only about 50% efficacy or something like that, which is a bit concerning given that TB is still widespread in developing countries and that there are emerging strains of antibiotic-resistant TB.
True. However, here is the wrinkle.Britain has a TB jab, I had it at school, most kids did. I've still got the keloid on my upper right arm to prove it.
We know two things: this ain't no flu and it ain't no black death either.The incompetence is glaringly obvious, which is why large parts of the population don’t give a shit anymore. As evidenced eg by all the semi-legal and illegal parties taking place.
Luckily some politicians are waking up smelling easy votes, some mainstream journalists have already jumped ship and are presenting dissident scientists, etc.
So overall things are developing fine and the flu wonks can return to their basements figuring out how to fuck up less when the next virus hits.
That might be true of USA but not here and most of the world.People trained in public health — who are not necessarily physicians — should handle public health crises.www.bostonglobe.com
School vaccinations for TB stopped in 2005 in the UK.Britain has a TB jab, I had it at school, most kids did. I've still got the keloid on my upper right arm to prove it.
I was working with two blokes from Paris yesterday. It must have been 1630 and they agreed to get on at 1730 for an online work session. About 2200 they started getting extremely anxious and then within a few minutes suddenly left the web conference citing a need to make it home.Escape from Paris, crazy scenes there as the second lockdown begins. The mega-cities are no place to be in an era of lockdown and virus. Macron states 400,000 will die if there is no lockdown.
My youngest has two class mates testing positive. The whole class is now off and has been tested. We have to wait for the result. If it's positive we'll be in a quarantine. I asked them did the class mates fall ill in class, or where their symptoms showing? Apparently, they both looked rather red faced earlier in the week.
It's going to come back again anyway unless you cocoon yourselves.Latest Victorian Numbers Popn. 6.5m (Melbourne = 5m)
Updated: 30 October 2020 02:30pm
4 new cases (last 24 hours)
20,347 total cases
23,583 test results received (last 24 hours)
3,154,371 total tests
0 lives lost (last 24 hours)
819 total lives lost
80 active cases
5 cases in hospital
0 cases in ICU
Does any nation over 20M people have a unified national strategy?This is what happens when you don’t have a national strategy or unified political support at all levels of government.
That would have been a major dose of gethomeitis. I've got work going ahead on Monday no problem in France.I was working with two blokes from Paris yesterday. It must have been 1630 and they agreed to get on at 1730 for an online work session. About 2200 they started getting extremely anxious and then within a few minutes suddenly left the web conference citing a need to make it home.
The only problem is that hes wrongThis doctor considers the mortality rate of 0.2% (1 in 500), with 30% of population naturally immune, another 30% being immune having had it:
DR MIKE YEADON:On Monday more than 30million Britons will be under Tier Two and Three restrictions.We will then have days - a few weeks at best - until the inevitable total lockdown.www.dailymail.co.uk
Likely, where do you put the overall mortality rate?The only problem is that hes wrong
Its important not to overwhelm the system - any system - as it will increase mortality and morbidity rates for many many things not just C19.Likely, where do you put the overall mortality rate?
But of course that is a game too, it's not really about the mortality rate is it? It's about not overwhelming the health care system:
A few days ago, The Spectator published a classified ‘reasonable worst-case scenario’ from Sage, written back in the summer and fearing a second wave that would claim 85,000 lives, peaking at about 800 deaths a day. A new leak this morning from the Cabinet Office, using current data, paints a...www.spectator.co.uk