SARS CoV-2 coronavirus / Covid-19 (No tin foil hat silliness please)

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I think people being judged for visiting relatives at Christmas is harsh. I see where it’s coming from and there’s logic in the argument against it but it ignores the human element. People who haven’t seen their families in months, elderly people who have been isolated and Christmas and family is a big thing for them. It’s not fair to demonise those people. Especially if they are the ones who have already suffered the most.
It really depends on who you're talking to. If you are someone who is disabled(physical, learning, etc) it must be really disheartening to see so many folks act with little or no care about them. Being disabled is challenging enough on multiple fronts, without a deadly virus going around and folks acting like they don't care about transmission.
 

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When are people going to realise, these idiots we elect as leaders do not have a clue? They should have no right to tell people were they can and cannot go, who they can and cannot meet and what they can and cannot do.
 

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I have had a bit of a twatting headache for a week and thought nothing of it, now tonight I have developed a cough. Has anyone had any experience with this ?

A quick look on Google and it looks like it's not very common but has happened and there isn't much data on it.
 

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I have had a bit of a twatting headache for a week and thought nothing of it, now tonight I have developed a cough. Has anyone had any experience with this ?

A quick look on Google and it looks like it's not very common but has happened and there isn't much data on it.
That was how the symptoms I had developed. Big headache, then a dry cough, then a fever. Cough ended up lasting about three weeks and became unbearable.

This was slap bang during the height of the first wave when mass testing wasn't available, so who knows if it was definitely it, but I think I'm right in saying that a new, persistent cough on its own is still a good enough reason to go get a test.
 

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That was how the symptoms I had developed. Big headache, then a dry cough, then a fever. Cough ended up lasting about three weeks and became unbearable.

This was slap bang during the height of the first wave when mass testing wasn't available, so who knows if it was definitely it, but I think I'm right in saying that a new, persistent cough on its own is still a good enough reason to go get a test.
Oh without a doubt I will be getting a test tomorrow, cheers.

I had a terrible cough a few weeks ago and was certain I had it and tested negative allthough I had no other symptoms, must of just been a chest infection of some sorts.

I just need this headache to feck off its very irritating as I don't usually get them unless I'm hungover.

How long did your headache last before your other symptoms flared up ?
 

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I honestly dunno how people are handling it in other countries, i would guess that it isn't just UK people who are acting like spoilt brats but i don't live in those countries so I won't coment.

Also, I don't just blame the UK government I think the people of the UK need to take and equal (if not the majority of the blame) people are demanding the relaxing for xmas it's very clear that even if the government didn't allow it then a majority of people would just ignore the rules anyway.
Restrictions are stressful but the shambolic response of the UK government has opened up lots of opportunity for people to act on an individual basis IMO.
 

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I have had a bit of a twatting headache for a week and thought nothing of it, now tonight I have developed a cough. Has anyone had any experience with this ?

A quick look on Google and it looks like it's not very common but has happened and there isn't much data on it.
thats how it started for me. i tested positive a few days later
 

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It's hard to believe how bad the UK's response to this has been. They're making it up as they go along as this point and I would bet my house the rules will be changed again in the next few weeks. The negative reaction to the latest set has been huge.

When i'm back home over Christmas I'll have a look at what the big countries in Europe are doing and follow that advice.
 

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It's hard to believe how bad the UK's response to this has been. They're making it up as they go along as this point and I would bet my house the rules will be changed again in the next few weeks. The negative reaction to the latest set has been huge.

When i'm back home over Christmas I'll have a look at what the big countries in Europe are doing and follow that advice.
I honestly think it would have been so much better to just say "national lockdown remains" and then hope not too many people break the rules. There are still a lot of people who would comply.
 

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It's hard to believe how bad the UK's response to this has been. They're making it up as they go along as this point and I would bet my house the rules will be changed again in the next few weeks. The negative reaction to the latest set has been huge.

When i'm back home over Christmas I'll have a look at what the big countries in Europe are doing and follow that advice.
Out of interest, what “big countries” in Europe do you think have done a really good job? It seems to be varying degrees of shit show, other than the Nordics, as far as I can see. And what’s helped the Nordic countries seems to have mainly been low population density, no major transport hubs and a very compliant population rather than superb governance.

Germany’s done ok but has taken a very regional and varied approach. Almost like the US.
 

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Out of interest, what “big countries” in Europe do you think have done a really good job? It seems to be varying degrees of shit show, other than the Nordics, as far as I can see. And what’s helped the Nordic countries seems to have mainly been low population density, no major transport hubs and a very compliant population rather than superb governance.

Germany’s done ok but has taken a very regional and varied approach. Almost like the US.
Germany is the obvious one, and Spain and especially Italy's response to the first outbreak. Everybody has dropped the ball on the second wave outbreaks, but i'd say almost all have been clearer and more effective in bring it back under control than the UK.

Put it another way, do you think anybody has done a worse job than the UK?
 

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It's hard to believe how bad the UK's response to this has been. They're making it up as they go along as this point and I would bet my house the rules will be changed again in the next few weeks. The negative reaction to the latest set has been huge.

When i'm back home over Christmas I'll have a look at what the big countries in Europe are doing and follow that advice.
Why not just avoid spending time with groups of people in confined spaces with inadequate ventilation. Not sure why you need a government to tell you what to do. The risks are perfectly clear by now. Anyone with common sense knows when they’re taking risks.
 

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Germany is the obvious one, and Spain and especially Italy's response to the first outbreak. Everybody has dropped the ball on the second wave outbreaks, but i'd say almost all have been clearer and more effective in bring it back under control than the UK.

Put it another way, do you think anybody has done a worse job than the UK?
I think the UK delayed too long with the first lockdown (so did Italy, as it happens, but they didn’t get as clear an advance warning) Since then, nobody has done a great job, although some countries doing better than others at putting the brakes on (albeit only after racking up huge case numbers)

I posted this league table yesterday. Lots of countries doing a hell of a lot worse than the UK at at containing the second wave.

 

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Why not just avoid spending time with groups of people in confined spaces with inadequate ventilation. Not sure why you need a government to tell you what to do. The risks are perfectly clear by now. Anyone with common sense knows when they’re taking risks.
That's not been the reality at all though, throughout this lockdown a big chunk of people have done whatever the lockdown restrictions allow as if it's encouraged them.

You just can't rely on enough people having common sense unfortunately. It's quite worrying how many seem to have a bit of denial about the whole thing.

It'd be nice if the government at least issued guidance because without it people won't take the necessary precautions and it'll be a normal christmas.

We're isolating before hand then we've booked a couple of separate cottages so inlaws can enjoy key bits of christmas with us but we won't have to have the whole day together. Sounds wonderful from my perspective :lol:.
 

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Germany is the obvious one, and Spain and especially Italy's response to the first outbreak. Everybody has dropped the ball on the second wave outbreaks, but i'd say almost all have been clearer and more effective in bring it back under control than the UK.

Put it another way, do you think anybody has done a worse job than the UK?
The important question isn't who has done better but who has done well. And if most countries have not done well by your standards, at this stage in the pandemic, it raises the question of what it means to do well. It either means doing better than the average, or aligning with absolute measures of success.

If the latter, then the question becomes are those absolute measures beyond the capabilities of the participants with the resources they have and environment they operate in (i.e. destined for failure), or are the majority of participants all failing on essential components through voluntary choice (e.g. bad decisions).

If the latter, you need to have a compelling theory why governments across the political spectrum, operating with very different resources, coming into the second wave from very different starting points, and employing a wide range of policies, all ended up failing on those counts.

If you don't have that then it is more likely to indicate a measurement error i.e. you thought it was easier to achieve that target than it really is, it you underestimate the limitations they are operating with.
 

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I think the UK delayed too long with the first lockdown (so did Italy, as it happens, but they didn’t get as clear an advance warning) Since then, nobody has done a great job, although some countries doing better than others at putting the brakes on (albeit only after racking up huge case numbers)

I posted this league table yesterday. Lots of countries doing a hell of a lot worse than the UK at at containing the second wave.

That doesn't really account for differing timelines though. Second waves started at different times.
 

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That doesn't really account for differing timelines though. Second waves started at different times.
Sure. And don’t you think the respective governments have a role to play in how early the second waves were allowed to get up a head of steam? It certainly seems as though coming out of lockdown needs to be as carefully managed as what happens during it.

On a side note, I think the culture of compliance in any given country is arguably more important than the regulations they’re being asked to comply with. So outcomes don’t always directly reflect the quality of the government guidance.
 

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Sure. And don’t you think the respective governments have a role to play in how early the second waves were allowed to get up a head of steam? It certainly seems as though coming out of lockdown needs to be as carefully managed as what happens during it.

On a side note, I think the culture of compliance in any given country is arguably more important than the regulations they’re being asked to comply with. So outcomes don’t always directly reflect the quality of the government guidance.
I actually think the emergence of outbreaks is the one thing governments really can't control. Most countries were out of lockdown for a long time before second waves began. It's been total luck of the draw so far.
 

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Italy aren't doing well at all.



Belgium have brought an extremely bad situation down to the equivalent of 16-20k cases and 800 deaths per day of France or UK populations, which is still very bad. Maybe take a moment to understand what 25k cases and 300 deaths would be that Belgium were doing.

Only country out of the bigger nations to have done well is Germany and that's with the first and second wave from a region of 80 million, it's impressive by European standards but worldwide Germany is poor as well.

Cases have ballooned again across Europe with people wearing masks. People look at East Asian nations and think mask wearing is a silver bullet, but there's been enough mask wearing on mainland Europe to say no it's not and it's what you do beyond the public act of wearing a mask, how sensible are you around others in your circle of contacts. The most well behaved, organized and experienced that are in well populated busy areas are in East Asia. Germany is probably the closest we have with that mentality, as a general group.
 
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I actually think the emergence of outbreaks is the one thing governments really can't control. Most countries were out of lockdown for a long time before second waves began. It's been total luck of the draw so far.
Not sure about that. When you see the same countries getting absolutely hammered twice (while others deal with both waves better) you have to think what’s going on is more than just bad luck. Lessons not being learned anyway.
 

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I actually think the emergence of outbreaks is the one thing governments really can't control. Most countries were out of lockdown for a long time before second waves began. It's been total luck of the draw so far.
Except a second wave was totally and inevitably predictable. That it occured a few weeks apart in different countries means little in such dynamic systems.
 

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Everyone knew back in March/April that we'd be facing this sort of situation around this time of year, its not a sneak attack, we had the time and resources to plan and strategise.
 

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That's not been the reality at all though, throughout this lockdown a big chunk of people have done whatever the lockdown restrictions allow as if it's encouraged them.

You just can't rely on enough people having common sense unfortunately. It's quite worrying how many seem to have a bit of denial about the whole thing.

It'd be nice if the government at least issued guidance because without it people won't take the necessary precautions and it'll be a normal christmas.

We're isolating before hand then we've booked a couple of separate cottages so inlaws can enjoy key bits of christmas with us but we won't have to have the whole day together. Sounds wonderful from my perspective :lol:.
I know plenty of people don’t have common sense. My brother‘s wife seems to think if the government say it’s OK then somehow she’ll be safe. Their family is having a big Christmas. I think most posters in here are able to see things as they though. You can have 12 in a house and you’d be absolutely fine more likely than not . A minority won’t be, however. I guess it’s how much risk you want to take given your personal circumstances and geographical location. I won’t be looking to the government for advice anyway.

My close family don't want to get together in door at all which makes me happy. We’re planning on going on some family walks over the period instead.
 

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Italy aren't doing well at all.



Belgium have brought an extremely bad situation down to the equivalent of 16-20k cases and 800 deaths per day of France or UK populations, which is still very bad. Maybe take a moment to understand what 25k cases and 300 deaths would be that Belgium were doing.

Only country out of the bigger nations to have done well is Germany and that's with the first and second wave from a region of 80 million, it's impressive by European standards but worldwide Germany is poor as well.

Cases have ballooned again across Europe with people wearing masks. People look at East Asian nations and think mask wearing is a silver bullet, but there's been enough mask wearing on mainland Europe to say no it's not and it's what you do beyond the public act of wearing a mask, how sensible are you around others in your circle of contacts. The most well behaved, organized and experienced that are in well populated busy areas are in East Asia. Germany is probably the closest we have with that mentality.
The numbers in Italy don't tell the full story. In the first wave the majority of cases were in one region, around 75% of the total IIRC, and it was rough. This time that region accounts for less than 20%. The total countrywide case numbers are the same but they are spread out this time and the stress on the system is much lower.

We learned from last time it takes about a month before lockdowns have an effect, as you have to wait for it to incubate and transmit around everybody in a household. The health services predicted peak deaths on 10th December.
 

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The numbers in Italy don't tell the full story. In the first wave the majority of cases were in one region, around 75% of the total IIRC, and it was rough. This time that region accounts for less than 20%. The total countrywide case numbers are the same but they are spread out this time and the stress on the system is much lower.

We learned from last time it takes about a month before lockdowns have an effect, as you have to wait for it to incubate and transmit around everybody in a household. The health services predicted peak deaths on 10th December.
Whether it's more spread out or not isn't the point, it's varied in the UK and France too. More deaths in London or Lombardy first and second time around less. We're talking about deaths in single digits that have gone up to 600-800 and in Italy's case over 800 and may peak higher, who knows. Currently it's bad enough.
 

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Whether it's more spread out or not isn't the point, it's varied in the UK and France too. More deaths in London or Lombardy first and second time around less. We're talking about about deaths in single digits up to 600-800 and in Italy's case over 800 and may peak higher, who knows. Currently it's bad enough.
Italy has 17% of the population over 70 years old. The average in other European countries is around 10%. The average age for deaths from Covid in Italy is 80 years old. Only 1.1% of Italian deaths from Covid have been people under 50 years old.

That's a significant reason why we're getting high numbers of deaths - Italy has loads of oldies.
 

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Italy has 17% of the population over 70 years old. The average in other European countries is around 10%. The average age for deaths from Covid in Italy is 80 years old. Only 1.1% of Italian deaths from Covid have been people under 50 years old.

That's a significant reason why we're getting high numbers of deaths - Italy has loads of oldies.
Obviously doesn’t help that your cases per 100k is the sixth highest in Europe and 14 day incidence increasing at the fifth highest rate.

With an elderly population there was all the more reason to try and stop the virus getting out of hand like that.
 

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I think the UK delayed too long with the first lockdown (so did Italy, as it happens, but they didn’t get as clear an advance warning) Since then, nobody has done a great job, although some countries doing better than others at putting the brakes on (albeit only after racking up huge case numbers)

I posted this league table yesterday. Lots of countries doing a hell of a lot worse than the UK at at containing the second wave.

Veiled attempt at showing off Ireland :)