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  • Premier Icon stumpyjon
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    There’s been a definite uptick in infections, hospitalisation and death rates in the last 2-3 weeks.

    True but that’s relative to a low in mid September, cases are still lower than they were in July. I’m not saying the current increase isn’t the start of a sustained increase (might well be with other factors coming into play) but the last couple of weeks increase in isolation doesn’t show that, when it’s increased before we’ve seen a pretty steady climb, not this time, been spiky but relatively consistent since July.

    Case rates

     I predicted mask wearing would collapse pretty quickly and was right, the general population has no stomach for it any more.

    I’ve been at Bramall Lane twice this week with 25k+ footy fans, only a very small handful of those I saw were wearing masks.

    I’ve not worn one since 21st June

    I don’t know anyone that wears one

    Premier Icon dantsw13
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    Its a mess. There is no strategy or plan. The vaccination programme has been run down and schools are driving this now.

    I don’t think it will be long before the UK is banned from travelling anywhere.

    Premier Icon TiRed
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    UK data against Our World in Data European countries excluding UK. We are about 3x the levels of cases elsewhere. Admissions and deaths are within the European prediction interval. There are some notable exceptions – we need to BE. More. Spain. They have seen a remarkable drop off in the delta cases. Even the US cases are back to European norms now.

    Premier Icon MoreCashThanDash
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    I’ve been at Bramall Lane twice this week with 25k+ footy fans, only a very small handful of those I saw were wearing masks.

    I’ve not worn one since 21st June

    I don’t know anyone that wears one

    Never sure if crowds at open air events are a risk, or the mingling in pubs and bars before and after.

    I’m in the increasing minority who still wear madks in shops. If the staff either wear masks or have screens up to protect themselves while they do a job for me, I’m happy to do my small part by popping a mask on. It’s genuinely the least I can do.

    Premier Icon dantsw13
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    TiRed – do you subscribe to the theory we are seeing a drop-off in the protection offered by the early AZ doses, hence the rise?

    Is there any update to vaccines to include Delta protection yet?

    Premier Icon scud
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    I like how people boast of not wearing a mask!

    I think we are showing ourselves in the UK for the small minded, self-centred people we have become, whatever the Government says and i don’t trust a word BoJo and his cronies say now, it is clear that wearing a mask and taking the most basic of precautions can have a positive effect in reducing cases.

    To just say “I can’t be bothered to wear a mask or sanitize hands”, is to say I am not capable of basic civility and respect to my fellow man.

    Throughout Brexit (and sorry to use that word) the same mouth-breathers were screaming about sovereignty and taking back control, yet those same people are now the ones that don’t even care about the person sat next to them, how are we to rebuild the mess the UK is in with that mentality?

    Premier Icon TiRed
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    I think there will be general waning of immunity from both AZ and mRNA vaccines (and to some extent infections). However teasing out this from behavioural changes really only comes from looking at comparisons with other countries. I noted that delta took off in Israel at the same rate as elsewhere despite their very high vaccination. Vaccination is not a sterile protector. However the mRNA vaccines are still effective against morbidity from delta, that is clear. I expect AZ will also be conferring protection. But this is not the measles vaccine.

    I believe the quote is “Winter’s coming” – but although I’ve never seen Game of Thrones, the sentiment is valid.

    Premier Icon mefty
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    Hospitalizations and deaths are still much lower than the exit scenarios produced by the SAGE modelers. Until this changes I don’t see any prospect of the government changing tack.

    Premier Icon dantsw13
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    I feel we are building in huge problems to the NHS. It was cracking before COVID, running it just under breaking strain for 2 years will have a long term cost in staff retention.

    Premier Icon Murray
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    Is there any update to vaccines to include Delta protection yet?

    Apparently yes – I’d assume all the major vaccines are looking at updates

    https://www.cityam.com/scientists-behind-astrazeneca-oxford-vaccine-start-developing-delta-specific-jab/

    Premier Icon scud
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    @mefty All over the news yesterday that weekly meeting between Government and SAGE have been dropped and they are only meeting once a month now, having met just 3 times since July? SAGE have advised that there seems to be a “lesser demand” from ministers for scientific advice? This is whilst cases have remained at 40,000 a day for last 6 days and 223 died from COVID on Tuesday..

    So seemingly the Government isn’t listening to what they have to say and advise anyway?

    Premier Icon dantsw13
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    The govt narrative after the parliamentary report into Covid last week was that their biggest failing was “Following the science too much” We really are doomed.

    Premier Icon kelvin
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    I don’t know anyone that wears one

    I do. In indoor public spaces and on public transport. It’s really no big deal or difficulty. Quite used to be one of very few wearing one now. I’m polite enough not to call everyone else sheep though.

    Premier Icon kimbers
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    Hospitalizations and deaths are still much lower than the exit scenarios produced by the SAGE modelers. Until this changes I don’t see any prospect of the government changing ta

    range of predictions is quite wide

    https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/984688/S1228_Imperial_Evaluating_the_Roadmap_out_of_Lockdown_Step_3.pdf

    https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/1001177/S1303_Imperial_College_London_Evaluating_the_Roadmap_out_of_Lockdown_for_England_modelling_the_delayed_step_4.2_of_the_roadmap_in_the_context_of_the_Delta_variant__7_July_2021__1_.pdf

    loads of variables like how fast immunity from infection/vaccine wanes, weather, flu epidemic, how booster rollout goes, mask wearing adherence, look at the wave the football produced in the summer.

    ultimately its still about stopping the NHS being overwhelmed

    I know one very large London hospital has reduced urgent cancer ops due to ITU bed occupancy, which is not just due to covid, but wider problems within the NHS

    I know of 1 trust that has had 4 young doctor suicides over the summer

    daft of Kwarteng to say that there definitely wont be another lockdown, especially after last winters u-turns – though worryingly Tories so idealogically opposed to lockdowns that even if it was necessary they could still not do it

    The government really has had enough of experts it seems

    Premier Icon eddiebaby
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    Test numbers are through the roof now for us.
    The other rotation called for help this morning, instead of 8 operatives and 2 cleaners only one of each turned up. Needless to say the managers all turned up to sit in their Portakabin.
    All the students and furlough workers have returned to their old lives so we are stuffed as nobody wants to do the job for the money or work the hours.

    Premier Icon MoreCashThanDash
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    To just say “I can’t be bothered to wear a mask or sanitize hands”, is to say I am not capable of basic civility and respect to my fellow man.

    More politely put than I’ve managed recently.

    Premier Icon kimbers
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    Germany, Holland & Morroco banning flights from UK

    half term holidays could be a problem !!

    Premier Icon kimbers
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    sorry, to clarify Morocco are banning flights from UK, DE & NL

    Premier Icon n0b0dy0ftheg0at
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    I initially misread the BBC article and thought those three countries were banning UK flights too, rather than just Morocco… I blame Wiggle my ongoing lurgy.

    GP suggested a PCR test for my lurgy might be a good idea, but then said it’s probably a bit late now, presumeably because initial cold symptoms when I felt properly ill were ten days ago on Monday 11th. Phonecall woke me up and didn’t think to say how family here and in North Wales all have same lurgy from me and despite three of us getting negative LFTs, should I get a PCR now anyway.

    After all, they say don’t test a second time for Covid after a positive result for ~90 days, so given I still feel rough, won’t I still test positive if it’s Covid rather than a “super cold?”

    Premier Icon Gribs
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    I do. In indoor public spaces and on public transport. It’s really no big deal or difficulty. Quite used to be one of very few wearing one now. I’m polite enough not to call everyone else sheep though.

    I’d agree it’s no big deal, just an annoyance, but the case rates for the rest of the UK compared to England seem to suggest it’s pointless.

    Premier Icon kelvin
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    You’re assuming lack of mask wearing in England doesn’t effect case rates in other UK countries? Also assuming mask wearing hasn’t also decreased in those other countries even where mandated (not least because it’s not mandated in the UK as a whole)?

    Amongst many other reasons, I quite fancied catching a few bugs and colds this year.

    It does you good you know

    Premier Icon sprootlet
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    I had the booster jab on Saturday evening. I had reacted strongly to AZ with 3 days then 2 days with flu like symptoms so I was prepared that Pfizer would provoke some kind of response…
    What I’ve had was a day feeling like even walking was an effort and a really painful axilla (armpit) on Sunday. I thought it would go but on Monday the axilla pain was worse and I didn’t know where to put my arm. To my surprise I discover that my armpit is pretty swollen and the lymph nodes in the left hand side of my neck are also enlarged. My most comfortable position appears to be cuddling a cushion with that arm in a slightly James Bond villian style.
    My immune system seems to go into over drive when it’s exposed to these vaccines. GP did say he’d not heard of this response before. Although I’m glad to have been vaccinated it doesn’t look good on the sickness record 🙁

    Premier Icon ayjaydoubleyou
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    To just say “I can’t be bothered to wear a mask or sanitize hands”, is to say I am not capable of basic civility and respect to my fellow man.

    I agree on the masks. I’m one of the decreasing number still wearing one in the supermarket. Took a train the other week, about 50%, and a tube, where it is allegedly illegal not to, about 75%.

    What I wish to question is the sanitising – I remember last spring when we were sanitising like crazy but not wearing masks, that was the advice from the government.
    People on this thread were washing shopping, taking a third glove out on rides to open gates… I remember opening gates with a stick, rubbing down my supermarket trolley and so on.
    I got through a work provided sanitiser bottle so quickly I had to pester work for another one. But im now fairly confident the same one has been in my car door pocket for about a year, and I think it only really gets used at the fuel pump to get rid of the diesel smell.

    Last weekend I went to Duxford museum. Big hangers so not a lot of mask wearing – 25%? but every ntrance had a hand sanitiser station, and lots of maskless people using them.

    Some sort of risk compensation, or a desire to do one thing to show willing, or something else?

    where does the science stand on surface to hand transmission these days anyway?

    Premier Icon scud
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    My understanding is that hand sanitizing isn’t the largest help in airborne virus transmission. But ultimately it does more good than harm, and is a defence against other bugs going around at a time when the object again should be to not overwhelm the NHS.

    There seems to be a number of other nasty bugs going around too, lots of people near me with sore throat and flu type symptoms.

    Premier Icon Sandwich
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    Hand cleaning definitely stops cold and flu transmission from my limited experience. I worked in a mill that was EFSIS compliant for a year (Sainsbury’s requirement) and we went mad with hand washing. That was the only winter no one on the team was off with flu and no one had the sniffles.
    For a sample size of 25 that’s not conclusive but reasonably indicative that it works as an infection control measure.

    Premier Icon vazaha
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    One would have thought that in the cycling fraternity more than any other, encouraged as it has recently been on the notion of ‘marginal gains’, any benefit, however small, might be seized upon as an advantage.

    As Winston Wolf might say, pretty please, with sugar on top, wear a mask.

    Premier Icon kelvin
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    doesn’t look good on the sickness record

    I hope your employer is understanding. Let’s hope this passes quickly for you. Rest up… feel free to share/moan here in the meantime.

    Premier Icon Poopscoop
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    Feeling more pessimistic about our direction going forward than I have for sometime.

    Seeing the difference in attitude between here and the people/government of Portugal on ITV News tonight was a real eye opener. For all the wrong reasons.

    Bugger.

    Premier Icon Klunk
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    the trouble with these rules is they (the tory party) have to abide by them too and they just don’t want to and besides coronavirus is something that other people catch.

    Premier Icon somafunk
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    You only had to view the proceedings in parliament this week to see the utter disdain for mask wearing from the Tory benches to realise it’s a jolly game they’re playing at.

    Premier Icon Del
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    GP did say he’d not heard of this response before

    Surprised by that. I think it was Anthony Fauci I heard remarked at the pronounced response some people get to these vaccines when they were first being rolled out. He mentioned lymph node swelling as a symptom.

    My first az gave me a pretty uncomfortable evening (though stupidly I did go for a decent ride after it 🙄) and the second had me in bed most of the following day and I wasn’t ‘right’ for nigh on a week.

    None of this is to belittle your experience sprootlet but I don’t think you’re that much of an outlier.

    Premier Icon vazaha
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    You only had to view the proceedings in parliament this week to see the utter disdain for mask wearing from the Tory benches to realise it’s a jolly game they’re playing at.

    Javid was asked specifically about this at his press inference(sic) earlier, he just batted it away as if it was an irrelevance.

    If the crowded chamber of the House is to endure the heated gases of its bloated members, why shouldn’t the rest of us?

    Premier Icon MoreCashThanDash
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    I think the government needs to get its tiny little minds round the concept of leading by example when it comes to masks, but that doesn’t fit with “open for business” does it?

    A mate gets swollen lymph nodes from the flu jab, but didn’t get it from his AZ vaccine – not a nice reaction and hope it clears up soon.

    Premier Icon tjagain
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    On mask wearing – I got a load of abuse for this before but mask wearing is still commonplace in scotland with IME around 90-% complience – this shows that the political leadership can make a huge difference. Its really stark the difference between mask wearing north and south of the border

    so when you say no one is wearing masks please say England not UK

    Premier Icon yourguitarhero
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    So, I’m allowed out of self-isolation tomorrow after my mild bout of the COVID.

    Am I now impervious to COVID? If so, for how long? I feel like Weapon X – snickity snick

    Premier Icon MoreCashThanDash
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    Just had a call to pick 14 year old daughter up from school – she’s had headaches since Tuesday, school queried if it could be related to her Covid jab last Thursday?

    Any thoughts on this – worth ringing GP?

    Premier Icon martinhutch
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    https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/safety-and-side-effects/

    Call 111 immediately if:
    You get any of these symptoms starting from around 4 days to 4 weeks after being vaccinated:

    a severe headache that is not relieved with painkillers or is getting worse
    a headache that feels worse when you lie down or bend over
    a headache that’s unusual for you along with blurred vision, feeling or being sick, problems speaking, weakness, drowsiness or seizures (fits)
    a rash that looks like small bruises or bleeding under the skin
    shortness of breath, chest pain, leg swelling or persistent abdominal (tummy) pain

    Depends on the duration and severity of the headache, but 111 would be my port of call for advice.

    I had one relative who had really quite a severe reaction to her second jab (ripping headache + temporary vision loss in one eye!) and got told to piss off by her local A&E, but any persistent headache, especially if unaccompanied by any other cold/flu type symptoms, should be treated seriously.

    Premier Icon MrSmith
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    so when you say no one is wearing masks please say England not UK

    but people are wearing masks in England, it varies massively though, i was on a train at the weekend and one busy carriage was 85+% wearing masks (i counted over 40 with masks and just the odd one or two not), next train was a less busy but less masks, about 60-70%

    same in the shops, have been in an aisle where everyone is masked, walk down the next one and its more maskless than masked.

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