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  1. As many of us here know this has just been the test run before what Bill Gates calls 'pandemic 2' starts. For the first time I'm now seeing pandemic 2 flagged in the MSM. Guardian today. The Guardian Coronavirus WHO warns Covid-19 pandemic is 'not necessarily the big one' Experts tell end of year media briefing that virus is likely to become endemic @MelissaLDavey Tue 29 Dec 2020 06.19 GMT 402 World Health Organization experts have warned that even though the coronavirus pandemic has been very severe, it is “not necessarily the big one”, and that the world will have to learn to live with Covid-19. The “destiny” of the virus is to become endemic, even as vaccines begin to be rolled out in the US and UK, says Professor David Heymann, the chair of the WHO’s strategic and technical advisory group for infectious hazards. “The world has hoped for herd immunity, that somehow transmission would be decreased if enough persons were immune,” he told the WHO’s final media briefing for 2020. Australia insists WHO inquiry into Covid origin must be robust, despite China tensions Read more But Heymann, who is also an epidemiologist with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, said the concept of herd immunity was misunderstood. “It appears the destiny of SARS-CoV-2 [Covid-19] is to become endemic, as have four other human coronaviruses, and that it will continue to mutate as it reproduces in human cells, especially in areas of more intense admission. “Fortunately, we have tools to save lives, and these in combination with good public health will permit us to learn to live with Covid-19.” The head of the WHO emergencies program, Dr Mark Ryan, said: “The likely scenario is the virus will become another endemic virus that will remain somewhat of a threat, but a very low-level threat in the context of an effective global vaccination program. “It remains to be seen how well the vaccines are taken up, how close we get to a coverage level that might allow us the opportunity to go for elimination,” he said. “The existence of a vaccine, even at high efficacy, is no guarantee of eliminating or eradicating an infectious disease. That is a very high bar for us to be able to get over.” That was why the first goal of the vaccine was to save lives and protect the vulnerable, Ryan said. “And then we will deal with the moonshot of potentially being able to eliminate or eradicate this virus.” Ryan warned that the next pandemic may be more severe. “This pandemic has been very severe … it has affected every corner of this planet. But this is not necessarily the big one,” he said. “This is a wake-up call. We are learning, now, how to do things better: science, logistics, training and governance, how to communicate better. But the planet is fragile. “We live in an increasingly complex global society. These threats will continue. If there is one thing we need to take from this pandemic, with all of the tragedy and loss, is we need to get our act together. We need to honour those we’ve lost by getting better at what we do every day.” WHO chief scientist Dr Soumya Swaminathan told the briefing that being vaccinated against the virus did not mean public health measures such as social distancing would be able to be stopped in future. The first role of the vaccine would be to prevent symptomatic disease, severe disease and deaths, she said. But whether the vaccines would also reduce the number of infections or prevent people from passing on the virus remains to be seen. Scheme to get Covid vaccine to poorer countries at 'high risk' of failure Read more “I don’t believe we have the evidence on any of the vaccines to be confident that it’s going to prevent people from actually getting the infection and therefore being able to pass it on,” Swaminathan said. “So I think we need to assume that people who have been vaccinated also need to take the same precautions.” The WHO director general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said the end of the year was a time to reflect on the toll the pandemic had taken, but also the progress made. He said the year ahead would see new setbacks and new challenges. “For example, new variants of Covid-19, and helping people who are tired of the pandemic continue to combat it,” he said. “New ground has been broken, not least with the extraordinary cooperation between the private and public sector in this pandemic. And in recent weeks, safe and effective vaccine rollout has started in a number countries, which is an incredible scientific achievement. “This is fantastic, but WHO will not rest until those in need everywhere have access to the new vaccines and are protected.”
  2. I've found the best response in almost all situations is completely ignore the hype and carry on as I would have previously. Just apply. It'll come.
  3. I don't think there's any difference to passports? What's changed?
  4. I must also point out I very very much supported the two others and very vocally from a place of safety made sure they were looked after. There's great power in removing yourself away from the reach of those who wish you harm.
  5. I've been this year. Three times to Spain. A lot of the restrictions were fear based not legal. I intend to go back probably March time if not sooner. You might be better looking at an airbnb, rather than a hotel
  6. I do like the idea of this . At several points during my working life I did employ this tactic. Specifically once when my line manager decided I was 'fair game ' and sexually harassed me then imposed work restriction after restriction and tried to dick over a promotion, tried to make me lie so he'd have something on me etc as I wouldn't play ball (!). I could have put a harassment claim in and under that regime ruined my career or do what I did moved to another branch on a sideways move (the boss had scuppered the promotion telling lies about my work). I moved sideways ended up being promoted far far higher than I ever thought I would be and watched as this bloke got the sack 18 months later after doing the same to my friend and another woman. The difference now was everyone was wise to what he'd tried with me, my integrity proved my story, and no one believed him anymore I am a great believer in if you cannot win the fight move yourself away from the firing line and wait until you can make sure you can actually win.
  7. Here's a picture of Greg Norman, back in hospital with 'horrific covid symptoms. Any one else spot the problem with this picture of someone 'seriously ill 'with a virus that causes breathing problems and hypoxia?
  8. Hi can you explain how this relates to predictions of the future?
  9. I think that's my favourite meme EVER
  10. That's really good actually on channel 4s behalf. People need to wise up. FAST.
  11. *must remember I keep saying this stuff out loud and not in my head*
  12. Oh you're back..great. I've been missing my daily dose of Janet 'wisdom.' What's that sarcastic emoji again ?
  13. Copied from the financial Times Guess whose Christmas isn’t cancelled? Boris and Carrie could still legally have a rather merry Christmas if they wanted to.Well not this year! Because — lucky all of us — several forces appear to have combined to liven things up really quite a lot. Turning on the radio has never felt more like an episode of Black Mirror and, frankly, we needed that kind of excitement to round off 2020. And what could liven things up more at Christmas time than Christmas being cancelled? (OK yes aside from our borders closing and a new “Super-Covid” mutant virus strain and an even more panicky round of panic-buying and a fast-approaching no-deal Brexit?) But despite the headlines, not everybody’s Christmas has been cancelled. For a start, of course, if you’re not in a Tier 4 area, you can still mix with two other households on Christmas Day itself. And, because of the “linked household” — ie support bubble — exemption, what that in fact means is that up to six households can in fact legally mix if each of those households is linked up with another. (If this is all a bit confusing, barrister Adam Wagner has done a good job of explaining it on his YouTube channel.) As Boris Johnson pointed out during his press conference on Saturday night, that doesn’t mean people should actually be aiming to mix that much. But they could do, legally speaking. Even if you are in Tier 4, you can still get together with another household if you’re in a support bubble with them. Boris also mentioned this during the press conference on Saturday, saying this rule would remain in place “for those of particular risk of loneliness or isolation”. And we all know that includes people who live alone or single parents — for good reason. But what we hadn’t noticed until now is that it also includes another group of people. The odd thing about this group is that we haven’t heard them being mentioned by either the prime minister or other government ministers in press conferences or any media appearances. And you would have thought an exemption that applies to, by our estimates, about three-quarters of a million households in the UK might have come up. After all, not everyone has the time to wade through the pages of ever- changing coronavirus legislations (or even the capacity to work out what they actually mean). Fret not though, because you don’t actually have to when you have FT Alphaville (h/t to a Kelly relative for drawing our attention to this). Take a look at the highlighted bit here: How many of you knew about this exemption? Our impression is that it is not widely known about, and yet it means that any household that includes a baby who was under the age of 1 on December 2 (when this new exemption came into law) is allowed to form a support bubble with another household of any size, and in any tier. Even if that household includes multiple other adults and/or children, it still appears to be allowed. Now, we imagine that if you’re the one whose job it is to set the rules, you probably are aware of all these exemptions. And, Christmas cracker question: can you think of anyone who sets the rules who has a baby under the age of one (as well as an unknown number of other children above the age of one)? © Getty Images That’s right. Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds’ baby Wilfred Lawrie Nicholas Johnson was born on April 29 of this year, and thus their household is allowed to bubble up with another household of any size, both over Christmas and indeed at any time. Now we wouldn’t want to comment on whether Boris’s own family would want to spend some time with him over Christmas, but what about Carrie’s? Downing Street told us the prime minister would remain at Downing Street on Christmas Day, but declined to comment on whether he and Ms Symonds would be joined by members of a support bubble, or indeed whether they had made use of the linked household exemption that applies to them since it came into law on December 2nd. Downing Street also declined to comment on where the prime minister and his fiancée would be spending the days after Christmas, saying such details are not usually disclosed about the prime minister. But we do find it quite odd that a rule that applies to (again per our estimates) well over a million adults hasn’t been properly communicated to the public. Even Larry the Number 10 Cat doesn’t seem to have understood the implications: We’re not quite sure we understand the rationale for the exemption. If it’s about giving mothers with postnatal depression a break, we can kind of understand that, but we are talking here about those who have partners (or at least one other adult living with them) so one would hope that in the majority of these cases, that partner can provide at least some support. And if this is the rationale, what about exemptions for other depressed people? Surely new parents living together are not the highest-risk category for those suffering from “loneliness or isolation”? We are of course not so cynical as to be suggesting that the rules have been deliberately tailored to give the prime minister’s family some leeway (what do you take us for). We just wanted to make sure you understood the rules so that you can have a happy Christmas while avoiding a criminal record. Enjoy your walks with one other person and your freezing outdoor swims and your last unrationed imports and your merry grouse-shooting (yes the “outdoor activity” loophole is still in place in Tiers 1, 2 and 3).
  14. Remember. Beds are always short or non existent in our underfunded nhs this time of year. They've also removed 10000 beds from the system for covid spacing 'reasons.' Staff are having to isolate if they get a cough or cold having previously been forced to work unless actually dying
  15. It's paywalled. Can anyone unlock it?
  16. Agreed. And we've still not actually left 4 years since the vote
  17. Well. Who else reckons Boris is going to 'extend the transition ' period tonight? Ahead of announcing it would be 'irresponsible in these times to leave the support of our good friends and neighbours Europe '. And then ..bingo...ports reopened in a month or two.
  18. It's not going to be 48 hours. It will be for the foreseeable future.
  19. Grumpy corrected me. The language is fairly consistent other than that one typo which wasn't a typo in the end :-)
  20. Perfect thanks grumpy. I'm on a small screen and only scan read
  21. January Put in place isolation camps in every county (department) February Secondary virus mutation covid 21 April universal basic income April Supply chain food Interrupted Military command July onwards Typos at the top including june as July make me a little questioning however
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