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Re: Covid 19
« Reply #425 on: March 31, 2021, 02:07:16 pm »
hope they find receipts and the people who’s rubbish it was  loose a weeks wage each !

Most of the miscreants will have been students or 'unwaged' so I doubt that'd work...
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« Reply #426 on: March 31, 2021, 02:48:52 pm »
Yep, they're all students. The unwaged are shooting smack on my street - my back yard to be precise occasionally. Ironically there are miles of beautiful river-based woodland leaving that park and going all the way into the Peak District, but they could only manage a few hundred metres, the poor darlings. At least they can leave their shit where it can be easily picked up, and thank god they didn't find the beautiful river-based woodland in that context, but I hope they've closed it down today so someone can pick it all up. I doubt it will be them doing it though as they'll be in another park, strenuously relaxing.

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« Reply #427 on: April 01, 2021, 01:28:01 am »
Well, thanks to covid I'm at a very loose end employment wise.  Spent the last month learning the alphabet, which was nice (do we get a diploma, or does that make us over qualified as a caver?).  Although things are potentially looking up, the free time one has available to do stuff is ruined as can't investigate stuff that needs investigating as can't leave the South East.
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Re: Covid 19
« Reply #428 on: April 03, 2021, 10:55:49 am »

Vaccinations may offer protection for 2 years or more, Israeli expert says. Professor Michal Linial says past reports of swift antibody decline were ‘much ado about nothing’; Health Ministry chief hopes to begin vaccinating Israeli teens in May. An inoculation expert said Friday that protection offered by vaccines could be long-lasting, and could be good for two years or more.

Michal Linial, a professor of molecular biology and bioinformatics at Hebrew University who is studying the coronavirus, told Army Radio that it appeared some previous reports of a rapid decline in vaccine efficiency over time were “mistaken and much ado about nothing.”

“They saw a drop in the number of antibodies, but when you look closely you see it’s a drop among two people out of 2,000,” Linial said.



https://www.timesofisrael.com/health-ministry-chief-hopes-to-begin-vaccinating-israeli-teens-in-may/

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Re: Covid 19
« Reply #429 on: April 03, 2021, 02:04:43 pm »
I think generally the human body is pretty good at fighting off infections, once it's had time to learn the new code. We suffer remarkably few contagions these days, thanks to improvements in everything - and a very adaptable immune system. Trouble is a wealthier lifestyle seems to create an unhealthier one at the same time, and an over-relaxed attitude to hygiene where it is necessary and an over-stressed attitude where it isn't. As in, spending a fortune on shower and skincare products but not washing your hands in a pub toilet. If we can re-balance those two situations a little, and spend more time thinking out our impact on other people's health, we'll probably be in a much better place.

Nobody's talking about sex though, no matter what programme you watch, at whatever time, with whoever is talking. Nothing. Or in the papers, or on their websites. Isn't that odd. Given the human race sort of depends on it - and we're all supposed to be obsessed with it? Not just for babies but for fun. But mainly for babies - we're currently in deficit by about 127,000.

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« Reply #430 on: April 03, 2021, 08:10:27 pm »
. But mainly for babies - we're currently in deficit by about 127,000.

Mmm, I think actually we are in excess by a few billion!

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Re: Covid 19
« Reply #431 on: April 03, 2021, 08:56:26 pm »
Well, that's actually grown ups, fewer babies used to survive.

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« Reply #432 on: April 03, 2021, 09:19:58 pm »
Um. I think pwhole may be a little optimistic. We're good at fighting infections with which our immune systems are familiar, not those that are new. As Covid, SARS, MERS and some African haemorrhagic fevers show, we don't do well when we interact too closely with wild animals. Pandemic 'flu remains a real worry (whether avian or swine-derived). And, of course, malaria continues to kill people in very large numbers and is increasingly resistant to the drugs we have available.

Just to be really, really cheery, there's a paper just out suggesting the Astra Zeneca vaccine has very little effect on the South African variant... Numbers are far too small to draw firm conclusions about the implications for mortality, but it's not a happy read.

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« Reply #433 on: April 04, 2021, 12:49:26 am »
I'm generally optimistic. Part of the problem is that many of those diseases emerge from societies where poverty is also endemic - I know malaria thrives where it's hot, but it also thrives when healthcare and quality of life is rubbish - and interacting closely with wild animals tends to increase when poverty is greater. The biggest project facing humanity as I see it is levelling-up, as the imbalance of incomes means an imbalance on healthcare, and the sick will always prevent success. If we always have large chunks of the world that are poor and ill, and they have more babies than they can feed to make up for it, we're never going to get out of this situation. And we need to have far more babies than we are doing presently or there won't be enough young people to look after all the old people. Hmm, I don't sound so optimistic now ;)

 

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