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Coronavirus - the new strain XXI

Discussion in 'off topic' started by gavreid, Sep 21, 2021.

  1. MUTTY1

    MUTTY1 Waste of bandwidth

    I’m aware of that. The government appointed people that got the job done and can’t be denied crowing about the fact.
  2. paulfromcamden

    paulfromcamden Baffled

    Trying to decide what I think about this:

    The head of the Oxford Vaccine Group has suggested that the UK should stop asymptomatic Covid testing in schools. Prof Andrew Pollard told MPs on the Commons science and technology committee that it was “absolutely critical we keep children in school”.

    "Clearly, the large amount of testing in schools is very disruptive to the system, whether that is the individual child who is then isolating because they tested positive but they’re completely well, or because of the concerns that that raises more widely in the school – we’re aware of families taking their children out because someone’s tested positive in a school. So I think there is a huge impact of widespread testing in schools.

    I think probably we need to move in the pandemic, over this winter, maybe towards the end of the winter, to a completely different system of clinically-driven testing. In other words, testing people who are unwell rather than having regular testing of those people who are well, because that does drive a lot of these actions that happen, particularly in schools, if you have lots of asymptomatic testing."

    Covid has had a huge impact on kids education and I completely understand the importance of trying to minimise the disruption in schools. On the other hand focusing on testing only symptomatic children seems likely to increase the risk of infection in families.

    (I may be slightly biased as a sibling tested positive this morning following both kids catching it - for one of them the sixth case in that class this week)
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  3. wacko

    wacko pfm Member

    Highest deaths for nearly 8 months...
    Don't miss your booster appointment.
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  4. gavreid

    gavreid pfm Member

    I don't get the point. Why have children's vax gone up the Suwannee for example? The Government has failed at every turn and that is why we're being denied a judicial inquiry.
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  5. gavreid

    gavreid pfm Member

    It's no longer a priority - they're millions behind.
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  6. tiggers

    tiggers pfm Member

    Won't be long before the government announce the launch of COVID parties like their measles counterparts from many decades ago. Seriously though this is bonkers thinking. It's effectively saying that kids should go to school regardless of whether they are testing positive or not and only stay off if they are unwell with it. It's like fanning the flames of the pandemic. My partner's kids recently all had a week and a half off school when they caught it and two of them couldn't have gone in anyway. If there had been some preventative measures in place (like there was for the Spring term) they may well not have caught it or had any time off school (like they didn't in the Spring term). Hmmm, it's not rocket science is it?
  7. Tony L

    Tony L Administrator

    Speaking from a local perspective the first jabs were administered in a large modern local council building/library that was otherwise closed due to the national lockdown. It is now open and back functioning as normal, so I guess no longer available. I suspect this is the case in much of the country. I still find it bizarre I was expected to travel six miles or so to a neighbouring town as I’m hardly out in the sticks here. I don’t see why provision couldn’t have been made at the local hospital or health centre (we have both). The whole thing seemed utterly chaotic in comparison to the first two jabs. No reflection on the NHS staff, they were helpful, good fun and doing a great job. This was a strategy/planning issue.
  8. Mullardman

    Mullardman Moderately extreme...

    Would it be ungallant of me to hope that his failure of luck involved stepping out in front of a large red bus?

    Forgive the pedantry but it is fewer locations.. not less. We must preserve grammatical correctness, even in these difficult times.. Our civilisation is at a crossroads.. ;)

    Our neighbourhood Whatsapp group started frantically messaging this evening as one of our number... Barbara at No.44..had managed to get onto the NHS website and book her jab!
    So, I went on there. There was nothing on the Mobile App pointing to the Covid Booster.. but a search of the site using 'Covid Booster', took me to a page telling me I could now book. It invited me to select a site. Options included the St Helens RL Ground site where I had my first two jabs, and which was the only site in St Helens for the first jabs... plus a number of other sites. I selected the RL ground, and a time. I was asked for Mobile No., and email (optional). Site accepted my phone No., but not my emailaddy, which it continually told me was incorrect/not valid. It is valid... trust me. This pratting about took so long that my original choice of time was gone before I booked it.. So..I 'sacked off' the email option, went with just Mobile No..and now have a confirmed appt. for 4th Nov., which is 195 days beyond my secong jab.

    God help the truly IT limited.
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  9. davidsrsb

    davidsrsb pfm Member

    The cynical might say that they do and the hurdles being put in the way of the elderly and infirm, not IT literate, are deliberate, as a cost cutting cull
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  10. wacko

    wacko pfm Member

    Remember that BJs Dad slunk off to France after voting for Brexit. Where they have much better healthcare.
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  11. Joe Hutch

    Joe Hutch Mate of the bloke

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  12. Mullardman

    Mullardman Moderately extreme...

    Naahhh.. My tiny mistake was a typo...not a grammatical error of epic proportions!
    You need to get a sense of proportion Joe! ;)
  13. k90tour

    k90tour pfm Member

    I heard BJ's dad saying he voted to Remain.
  14. gavreid

    gavreid pfm Member

  15. gavreid

    gavreid pfm Member

  16. TheDecameron

    TheDecameron Unicorns fart glitter.

    Robber Baroness Dido, darling of the Tory Party. To think she tried to add Chief Executive NHS England to a CV already littered with failures.
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  17. gavreid

    gavreid pfm Member

    I liked the comment from the Committee Chair "...that the Dido Harding-led test and trace programme treated taxpayers as if they were “an ATM”."
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  18. TheDecameron

    TheDecameron Unicorns fart glitter.

    Fortunes will have been made, fortunes mean big Tory party donations and Party donations mean more Tory peerages.
  19. gavreid

    gavreid pfm Member

    43 941 cases, 207 new deaths and 865 admissions.
  20. Tony L

    Tony L Administrator

    I’m not liking these new daily figures.

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