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  1. chdot
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  2. fimm
    Member

    Got home from a weekend away to find that mr fimm had tested positive... so I'm just waiting to come down with it as well.

    Posted 10 months ago #
  3. Baldcyclist
    Member

    "Omicron sub-variant almost as infectious as measles, the most contagious disease on earth"

    https://www.independent.co.uk/news/health/covid-omicron-deltacron-ba2-measles-b2035093.html

    Posted 10 months ago #
  4. SRD
    Moderator

    sorry to hear that fimm! too much yoga?!

    Currently more people in hospital with covid in Scotland that at any other time.

    https://twitter.com/elsamaishman/status/1505912186794909699?s=21

    Posted 10 months ago #
  5. fimm
    Member

    @SRD :-)

    Posted 10 months ago #
  6. chdot
    Admin

    The claim that the NHS ‘coped’ with Covid is not true - it’s drowning and damaged

    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/mar/23/nhs-covid-desperate-conditions

    Posted 10 months ago #
  7. fimm
    Member

    Update from the fimm household: mr fimm was feverish for a day and then had a nasty cold with a cough and a stuffy nose. He had two negative tests over the weekend. I also had a cold, and worked from home for the week, and tested every day. I went for a PCR test on Wednesday, I think it was. All my tests have come back negative.

    Posted 10 months ago #
  8. amir
    Member

    Good that you are both negative. Hope you both recover soon.

    Posted 10 months ago #
  9. chdot
    Admin

    Nearby 7yo has it.

    Disappointed to discover her mother has chosen not to get vaccinated…

    Posted 10 months ago #
  10. wingpig
    Member

    Smallest child positive this morning, for the second time. Three weeks since the big one had it, nine months after their first encounter, two weeks before the big one's first vaccination appointment to which we would apparently have been able to take the small one.

    Posted 10 months ago #
  11. chdot
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  12. wingpig
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    Wife now positive by throat-PCR taken at 0930, unlike her nose-swab LFT from 0815. Still awaiting my and the smallest's PCRs, put in the same test-bucket within seconds of my wife's. My throat-LFT from about 1900 still negative. Awaiting a ping from the app, seeing as I've been in the same house as my wife all day...

    Posted 10 months ago #
  13. chdot
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  14. chdot
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  15. chdot
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  16. chdot
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  17. chdot
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    Herd immunity now seems impossible. Welcome to the age of Covid reinfection

    Devi Sridhar

    It’s not all bad news, though. Vaccines have largely blunted the virus’s ability to kill, and its destructive impact on health services. However, the problem we face has shifted from mass mortality to a question of how to keep essential services and workplaces running. Covid-19 is not yet mild enough to be treated like the common cold because it makes people so ill that they cannot work. This has created widespread disruption for airlines, border control, supermarkets, schools, hospitals, police forces and even Apple stores. And it’s worth pointing out that while Omicron is milder than Delta, it is still hospitalising and killing people, especially those who are unvaccinated, the clinically vulnerable (including some for whom vaccines are ineffective), and elderly people. Waning immunity is also an ongoing concern, as is making sure boosters are provided at the right time.

    So governments are in a tricky situation. It’s clear that it’s better that no one is infected with this virus. Increasing evidence has been produced that shows the negative impact Covid-19 infection has on the lungs, heart and brain or even the development of diabetes. Long Covid prevalence estimates are eye-wateringly high.

    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/apr/12/herd-immunity-covid-reinfection-virus-world

    Posted 10 months ago #
  18. chdot
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  19. chdot
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    Scottish Government replace covid self-isolation rules with new 'stay at home' message

    The NHS will no longer remain on emergency footing for covid after April 30 and people who have symptoms or are too unwell to carry out normal activities will be asked to ‘stay at home’.

    https://www.glasgowlive.co.uk/news/health/scottish-government-replace-covid-self-23812796.amp

    Posted 9 months ago #
  20. chdot
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  21. chdot
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  22. chdot
    Admin

    Don’t be complacent, another Covid wave is coming. Here’s how we can manage it

    Devi Sridhar

    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/jun/13/rise-covid-cases-what-we-know-so-far

    Posted 7 months ago #
  23. LaidBack
    Member

    Just out of a weeks isolation on Saturday. LFT has very faint line for my wife today - she is one day behind. Lots of her friends affected including one that hardly goes out.
    Staying in house was easy but I can do lot of admin remotely. Harder for those in other jobs.
    Our first positive LFTs since start of this.

    Posted 7 months ago #
  24. ejstubbs
    Member

    I'm struggling to reconcile the information in articles like this one in The Guardian today:

    The number of Covid infections in England and Scotland is continuing to rise...340,900 people were estimated to have had the virus in the week to 14 July, or about one in 15

    with the trend data on the PHS dashboard, which seems to be heading downward at the moment:

    Are different sets of data being used to create the PHS dashboard vs the ONS data, or are the data being analysed differently, or is something else going on?

    As things stand, it looks confusing. Which is not exactly helpful when you're dealing with a disease which still has the potential to cause long-term illness, even if the mortality rate is substantially lower these days.

    Posted 6 months ago #
  25. Baldcyclist
    Member

    Info I think was better when we had high quality systematic testing.

    I don't know how the survey data differentiates between COVID and other respiratory ilnesses when most of the population now don't have tests.

    I'm in the middle of a nasty virus which has the same (well feels horrible to me) sore throat and persistent headache which is apparently being reported as the major COVID symptoms.

    I luckily still have access to free testing due to my wife's work so know I'm -ve, but lots of non tested people must be reporting those symptoms in the survey, so how accurate is the survey?

    I don't know if figures are going up or down, but do know I seem to be the only person at work, or on the train with a mask.

    Posted 6 months ago #
  26. Frenchy
    Member

    Are different sets of data being used to create the PHS dashboard vs the ONS data, or are the data being analysed differently, or is something else going on?

    Different datasets, I think. I don't think the ONS's survey is included in PHS's data. The ONS data is from a random sample of the population and will likely (with current testing practices) be more accurate than the data sources PHS are using.

    (At least one parishioner here is a proper expert on this, so hopefully they will correct me if I'm wrong.)

    Posted 6 months ago #
  27. Stickman
    Member

    PHS data uses reported positive tests, so will not be a true reflection of the actual number of infections as community testing has pretty much stopped (unless people have stockpiled tests), and so it is mostly hospital tests in the data. I expect that the contents of the dashboard will change as some parts of it are no longer useful.

    The ONS survey uses both blood and swab tests from their volunteers, so will identify Covid and should give a good indication of prevalence. There is a reporting delay, so although numbers were announced today they won’t show the actual current situation.

    The other point is that ONS is essentially a moving 14-15 day window of who would have been a new case during that time.

    We know that admissions and rates are going down: we are past the peak of this current wave.

    Posted 6 months ago #
  28. chdot
    Admin

    We were told distancing, vaccines and masks would see us through the worst of the pandemic. That was true – and still is

    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/jul/23/australia-needs-mask-mandates-again-theyre-based-on-science-not-populism

    Posted 6 months ago #
  29. SRD
    Moderator

    interesting to be back from Canada.

    Much more masking in shops etc where I was, especially older population.

    Air Canada and Canadian airports enforce mask mandate quite aggressively. I would say 99% adherence.

    Posted 6 months ago #
  30. LaidBack
    Member

    We were crammed on CityLink bus from Pitlochry on Wed (rail strike).
    Instantly put on masks as was high risk. We were joined by about another four. As rate is 1 in 17 there would have been four infected people in full bus I reckoned. Visitors from all over of course.
    One was Colin R from Bike Station. He had bike in hold partly covered. Partner may have had bike hidden in there too.
    We had our elderly cat with us. Just fitted in front of seat. Bus took 2 hour 20 mins to get down. Train preferable although a luxury item these days!

    Posted 6 months ago #

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