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  • Premier Icon Murray
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    Or, like many Asian countries, wear face coverings out of courtesy in public places during flu season.

    This +++++++++++++++

    Premier Icon MoreCashThanDash
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    Or, like many Asian countries, wear face coverings out of courtesy in public places during flu season.

    This plus one – it’s not **** rocket science, nor an infringement of my hooman rites

    Premier Icon Poopscoop
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    Well, this doesn’t sound good.

    New heavily mutated variant appears in South Africa. Fingers well and truly crossed this is just a scare.

    New latest form is the most heavily mutated version discovered so far – and it has such a long list of mutations that it was described by one scientist as “horrific”.

    https://mobile.twitter.com/PeacockFlu/status/1463176829016186893?s=20

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-59418127

    Or, like many Asian countries, wear face coverings out of courtesy in public places during flu season.

    No, stop trying to create a sterile environment

    Premier Icon Edukator
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    Nobody is trying to create a sterile environment and would fail if they tried. Limiting the spread of dangerous pathogens however, that’s a pretty good idea.

    Nobody is trying to create a sterile environment and would fail if they tried. Limiting the spread of dangerous pathogens however, that’s a pretty good idea.

    Last year, nobody got colds or flu on the scale that they normally do

    This year, the colds and flu are off the scale. You could argue that forever mask wearing and sanitising, we’ll never have big cold and flu outbreaks again.

    I’m not in that camp, I’d rather catch bugs and build up some resistance.

    I’m not a medical professional though, so could be talking bollocks as usual

    Premier Icon somafunk
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    No, stop trying to create a sterile environment

    You are mistaken in attribution of mask wearing to a sterile environment,

    Premier Icon eddiebaby
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    Got my Pfizer booster on my AstroZen first two today. Didn’t even feel it thanks to a competent nurse and no effects on the last 13hrs. I’m well happy.

    Premier Icon Edukator
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    , I’d rather catch bugs and build up some resistance.

    I’m not a medical professional though, so could be talking bollocks as usual

    If you’ve never had a virus before then you haven’t built up any specific antibody resistance, you’re just relying on your general imune system. Not catching it, or more importantly not giving it to vulnerable people is better than catching it and spreading it.

    People seem to have forgotten that the mask wearing is to protect others, the alternative is an I’m-alrigh-Jack attitude which will lead to more deaths.

    Premier Icon Poopscoop
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    Stunning to see the anti mask debate is still raging.

    I received my first ever negative comment about wearing a mask in a shop today oddly. Guy says to his make words to the effect of “why the **** is he still wearing masks?” I just sighed to myself and went about finishing the shopping.

    Best hope that new variant isn’t too. We just can’t seem to keep ourselves.

    Premier Icon Poopscoop
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    That escalated fast, several south African states hit with travel restrictions due to new variant.

    Realistically it’s probably already here? It’ll slow its progress whilst it’s studied though I suppose.

    Premier Icon tpbiker
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    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-59418127

    Oh joy..

    Premier Icon Poopscoop
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    I swear, nobody reads my posts.😉😁

    I wish scientists wouldn’t use words like “horrific” in the context of Covid. Not reassuring to hear. Ah well, buckle up chaps.

    Premier Icon MoreCashThanDash
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    To be fair, they seem to have been much quicker with the travel ban this time.

    I can think of several cynical anti government comments to add, but I’m not feeling it tonight.

    Premier Icon Poopscoop
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    ^^ I agree mate, I’m relieved to see the restrictions come on so fast.

    Someone, somewhere is learning from past mistakes.👍

    Premier Icon ayjaydoubleyou
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    Reacting fast, when it’s those pesky Africans we can throw under the bus.
    I bet we wouldn’t have been so hasty to slap a red list on certain other countries.

    Either way, is it a fairly simple and quick process to add this variant to the vaccine once it’s been identified?

    Premier Icon tjagain
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    On mask wearing – its still very much the norm in scotland – does anyone know if this has shown any variation in infection rates?  It would seem to be a good case study – two areas with otherwise similar issues but one with high mask wearing and one with low.  should be some recognisable difference?

    Ta – I’m just being too lazy to dig thru the data and hoping someone on here has

    Premier Icon Poopscoop
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    It’s also a reminder of what the WHO have been saying all the way along.

    None of us are out of this until we all are, through global vaccination.

    Premier Icon tpbiker
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    Either way, is it a fairly simple and quick process to add this variant to the vaccine once it’s been identified?

    Regardless of whether it is or not, it won’t be a quick process to roll out to the masses. If we have to start from scratch we’ll be shafted

    Slightly more optimistically however, there is no evidence this is actually particularly infectious. And even if it is I suppose it may end up being less deadly. Fingers crossed eh!

    Premier Icon Poopscoop
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    ^^ Fingers crossed.

    I tend to like it when this thread has fallen way off the front page of the site.😁

    Premier Icon scotroutes
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    On mask wearing – its still very much the norm in scotland – does anyone know if this has shown any variation in infection rates?  It would seem to be a good case study – two areas with otherwise similar issues but one with high mask wearing and one with low.  should be some recognisable difference?

    Throughout summer, infection rates in Scotland were well above those in England despite the difference in mask-wearing policy. On first reading, one could suggest that mask wearing has actually made things worse. However, that “masks” all sorts of other reasons for the differential.

    My theory is that rates in Scotland were higher in the summer because they had been lower throughout last year so there were simply more “targets” for the virus. This same behaviour can be seen on a more local scale by comparing the infection rates in Highland Region with those in Edinburgh, Glasgow etc. where, again, Highland rates have been in excess of the cities.

    Premier Icon kelvin
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    If you split England up into blocks as big as Scotland (by land or population) you’ll find that some areas had levels just as high as Scotland all summer and autumn. M62 corridor for example.

    I’m reading poopscoop. Trying not to comment much on this thread at the moment. Christina Pagel explained the B.1.1.529 situation very well earlier today, and was calling for precautionary red listing of the countries hit. I was going to post her Twitter thread here, but anything other than going along with the “stopping people from catching it is making things worse, thousands of hospitalisation and deaths was the smart move… let’s keep ‘em coming” gaslighting line seem unwelcome in this thread at the moment. Fingers crossed for Christmas… really want to see all the family this year.

    Premier Icon Poopscoop
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    I’m reading poopscoop

    Not aimed at your @kelvin, was a gentle nudge at tp for being “guilty” of what I do all the time. Skim reading.lol

    Yeah, the thread is going through “one of its patches” but unfortunately I’ll be reading it again for sometime.

    Totally get where you are coming from regarding Christmas and the associated positivity many of is need this winter.

    Heck, I’m normally a bit meh with Christmas but I’m a little more forgiving of it this year.

    Everything well and truly crossed here too.

    Premier Icon aphex_2k
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    Aus news is reporting a new delta variant in South Africa? And we’re looking at opening borders when we hit 90% vax…. But surely the (current) vax will be ineffective against a new more “deadly” variant?? So we’re back to square one?

    Anyone had a “booster” yet?

    Premier Icon batfink
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    Do try to keep up Aphex 🙂

    Premier Icon Poopscoop
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    Yeah, I’ve had booster as has my mother. Pretty good uptake in the UK I believe.

    Consensus seems to be that it will be a few weeks to collect data from vaccinated people being exposed to the new variant to see if there is risk of evasion/higher deaths.

    An anxious few weeks for the world really.

    If it totally evades the vaccines (huge if) then we are back to square one which is terrifying. Yes, the vaccines can be modified but they then need manufacturing and another huge rollout. Globally. Not sure our poor old NHS can cope with that this winter/spring in the UK. It’s spent.

    All this is just my opinion of course.

    Premier Icon Mugboo
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    I don’t know how to the quote thing but up there someone says its a bad year for flu’s and cold. I know lots of people have had bad colds but do we actually know about flu yet or are we just presuming it will be bad?

    Premier Icon swavis
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    My theory is that rates in Scotland were higher in the summer because they had been lower throughout last year so there were simply more “targets” for the virus. This same behaviour can be seen on a more local scale by comparing the infection rates in Highland Region with those in Edinburgh, Glasgow etc. where, again, Highland rates have been in excess of the cities.

    I agree Colin, Moray is much the same. Having had far lower rates than most of the mainland we’re now second in the league 😉 It is dropping again now though thankfully.

    Premier Icon longdog
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    All boostered and flu jabbed in this house, other than waiting for my teenage son to get his one jab.

    Crossing fingers and toes with this new variant in general but also as we really want to see family this Christmas and a house move is on the cards around then too 😣

    New super deadly variant right on cue for Christmas

    Cynic, me?

    Premier Icon MoreCashThanDash
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    But surely the (current) vax will be ineffective against a new more “deadly” variant??

    Has anyone seen a reliable report that it is more deadly yet?

    While it’s a concern, really not helpful throwing emotive term like that about without any evidence.

    Prompt action needed and seems to be being taken. Whether that’s the government learning from past mistakes in terms of last winters poor response to new variants and the resulting peak in deaths, or they just don’t want to gave to cancel the Christmas sp many are desperate for, I’m not sure

    Premier Icon Flaperon
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    Cynic, me?

    Conspiracy theorist, maybe.

    Premier Icon Nobeerinthefridge
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    But surely the (current) vax will be ineffective against a new more “deadly” variant??

    Making stuff up doesn’t help.

    Premier Icon martinhutch
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    Has anyone seen a reliable report that it is more deadly yet?

    No. It’s literally just popped up*, there are relatively few detected cases in SA. We won’t know for a few weeks whether it results in a higher level of hospitalisations and deaths.

    We can strongly suspect that it is more contagious than Delta, because a higher % of SA cases now involve it, which is likely to mean it is outcompeting Delta through transmission.

    It’s the sheer number of mutations which is sounding alarm bells. Some of these have been previously associated with vaccine evasion, so vaccines ‘may’ be less effective.

    It’s already arrived in other countries but only been detected because they have rigorous quarantine and testing protocols. Well done to whichever government official twisted arms to get the immediate travel ban, but good chance it’s already here, perhaps flown in with a SA rugby fan for the autumn internationals, or any one of the 700 a day who land here. If it is here, it’s at the worst possible moment, just in time for the Christmas party season.

    The Hong Kong case above was curious – long delay before positive pcr, during which time another quarantining guest was infected, then very high viral load.

    Government needs to go into overdrive with the booster campaign now, get it into the 20s and 30s so they have the best possible protection. And be ready with other mitigation, if needed.

    *well, it’s been spotted for a while, but has now got into gear in sub-Saharan Africa.

    Premier Icon n0b0dy0ftheg0at
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    After worrying about first ever flu jab side effects, following not getting on with OxAZ in April and June at all with ~3 weeks of malaise for each, I’m relieved to report that I feel fine ~22 hours later (just like my mum last winter, albeit I was concerned my recent ~4 weeks of flu in October might trigger a hyper-active immune response).

    … Just got to wait for my Covid booster invite, hopefully from my GP like the previous two, in ~2 weeks. Might pop into surgery to see if they’re doing boosters, or whether I should play the NHS online location lottery.

    The South African heavily mutated strain doesn’t sound good, I’m glad our government have reached a deal with it to not infect anyone travelling from there until Sunday, surprised it’s taken this long for a variant to come along that sounds like it will out-compete Delta and Delta Plus in terms of transmitability.

    Premier Icon Del
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    Last year, nobody got colds or flu on the scale that they normally do

    This year, the colds and flu are off the scale

    Correlation is not causation.

    Premier Icon kelvin
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    I’m relieved to report that I feel fine

    Good news!

    Correlation is not causation.

    No, but this winter we haven’t had all the Australians guinea pigging new flu strains for us, so we’re probably less prepared flu vaccine wise. Fingers crossed though, our health system isn’t in a good place if we do get a really bad flu year here in the UK.

    Premier Icon dantsw13
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    Surely vaccination + Delta infection must be a decent starting block for protection against the SA++ strain?

    Premier Icon martinhutch
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    This year, the colds and flu are off the scale

    https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/1035959/Weekly_Flu_and_COVID-19_report_w47.pdf

    Doesn’t look like it to me.

    Premier Icon tjagain
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    Not if its mutated enough so that the vaccine is ineffective?

    I must admit I find the mutation rate scary.  I do not know enough to know if these types of viruses normally mutate like this

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