Quite a few cavers parked up on Leck over the weekend. Gavel, Notts 2, Shuttleworth seem popular for folks starting on easier trips. I expect these are mostly groups of friends rather than any sort of club meet. I've been caving with up to six friends generally keeping a bit apart but not being very strict about it. Tend to look at the much lower case rates and vaccination rates more which indicate much lower risks. Flipping a neck Buff up works well especially if cold. I think you have to consider the vulnerability of those involved including those they live with and make sure everyone is happy with the level of risk you are taking. Last year we were a bit concerned about caving with friends with kids who had gone back to school or students who had escaped from uni back home.Certainly for me the risk of caving with a few mates is far far lower than being at work in either of the jobs I do.Good caving
Also saw that the government are now going to be offering twice weekly home lateral flow testing to all households. We currently home test twice a week already as it was offered to parents when schools returned. Obviously the lateral flow tests are 100% foolproof, but wondered if clubs would take the view that they should be done in the advance of a trip?
The FDA in the US recently announced that lateral flow tests should literally be thrown in the bin, and they wouldn't approve or support their use:https://www.fda.gov/medical-devices/safety-communications/stop-using-innova-sars-cov-2-antigen-rapid-qualitative-test-fda-safety-communicationPart of the problem is with the self-testing of LF - if folks don't do their swab properly, or follow the instructions to the letter, it won't be accurate. Given that many folks find that sort of thing uncomfortable or distasteful at the best of times, and not wanting a positive result is invariably in most people's minds, the chances of a half-hearted negative result are very high. A friend of mine is a schoolteacher and they all have LF tests every three days, but they've still had positive cases come in via pupils or parents and staff had to self-isolate. I recently spent a week in hospital, and had three Covid tests when I was in, two days apart. The first was a pre-op test, 12 hours before, but I have no idea whether it was PCR or LF - ideally I was meant to be negative for the op, but a PCR can't be done that quickly - but they operated. Anyway, I didn't see that first negative result on paper (or verbally) until four days later, the day before discharge. So if the other two tests were PCR, I wouldn't have got the results until last week. No-one's rung or texted me since, so I have to assume they were all negative. But I was very confident they'd done me properly as a nurse did all the swabbing, and she went all the way in.
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