Indeed I read that the Kent variant may have been from such a case. Kept alive by modern and new treatments the virus found a way to survive, surely a wonder of natural selection. Then the variant was passed on and, in the ultimate two finger wave from Mother Nature the patient died.
I'm reminded of a wasp I read about that lays its egg in another insect, an ant I think, then its offspring eat and grow inside. Wonderful nature. Although the analogy is flawed.
#brokenrecord “have said they won’t take it” is very, very far from “won’t take it”. I think we should wait and see what impact the vaccine has in countries which are ostensibly ultra pro and countries which are more hesitant. I would be happy to bet you a bottle of 2001 musar that the difference will be pretty small.But I understand it's going to be hard to get to any level of "herd immunity" in France as so many (about half?) have said they won't take it.
I have also noticed my GPs software lacks basic input validation for repeat prescriptions - daily doses and totals for an 8 week prescription can be inconsistent. This is pretty basic stuff that as a software engineer I would be expected to implement even if not in my spec ("story" actually, as we were "agile").
Should care home workers continue working in care homes if they refuse the vaccine, given the vulnerability of those in their care?We don't want to get into a scenario whereby we force people to take the vaccine, but maybe they are not allowed to do ALL of the things they normally do without it.
There is precedent here among those working in GP surgeries having to have all relevant vaccinations.Should care home workers continue working in care homes if they refuse the vaccine, given the vulnerability of those in their care?
When I read this I almost felt it was an old article in July 2020, just different name: 'We'll have herd immunity by October'.
I think I saw a couple of weeks ago (BBC?) that HMG thinks a third of UK has had Covid. Interesting if in the US it's two-thirds but their death rate per population isn't much worse than ours?When I read this I almost felt it was an old article in July 2020, just different name: 'We'll have herd immunity by October'.
The arguments are almost identical: the case drop is better than expected, scientists under estimate the number of people infected, T cell immunity cannot be detected by antibody test,.... We heard all those last year, and what happened?
This article explains quite well back in Oct 2020, before the horrible 'Thanksgiving peak' in the US and 'Christmas peak' in the UK:
Why proposals to largely let the virus run its course — embraced by Donald Trump’s administration and others — could bring “untold death and suffering”.www.nature.com
The thing is, if those doctors repeat the same prediction again and again, one day they will be correct. Every pandemic has an end. Just we don't know after how many peaks and how many people's death that would happen.
Even this Liverpool born Dr Makary might be correct this time, it might well be because we have some pretty good vaccine on road already, not because some "mysterious dark matter" immunity.
He said: "These numbers indicate that roughly two-thirds of the U.S. population has had the infection..." If that's the case, why bother doing massive vaccination?
I don't know why HMG would think that (if they indeed do); but how that WSJ article calculated out the 2/3 ratio was basically rubbish.I think I saw a couple of weeks ago (BBC?) that HMG thinks a third of UK has had Covid. Interesting if in the US it's two-thirds but their death rate per population isn't much worse than ours?
Been trying to find the source of my hazy memory on this, Po-Yu. I found an unsourced (just "Cambridge University") piece in the Evening Standard saying a third of Londoners are estimated to have had Covid, based I think on extrapolated modelling. Will keep looking...I don't know why HMG would think that (if they indeed do); but how that WSJ article calculated out the 2/3 ratio was basically rubbish.
Anyway, it's not even the point to know how many people have got Covid; what really matter is how many people would be immune from Covid or at least severely ill from Covid. Manaus in Brazil said to have 76% population got Covid last Oct (I doubt), and then they got a very deadly 2nd wave in Jan 2021.
Bottom line: we should ignore the noise from certain media and 'experts' with some strange ideology, continue to control the virus spreading, and immunise people with vaccines proven work by large scale controlled clinical trail.
Will there really be that many care home workers refusing vaccine? Are there many NHS workers (including porters and cleaners) refused the vaccine?Given the difficulty in recruiting care home workers I suspect the alternative is the elderly dying slowly of neglect instead.
Although it’s difficult to give exact figures reliable sources suggest between 25 and 40% of care home staff haven’t come forward at this point despite being eligible.Will there really be that many care home workers refusing vaccine? Are there many NHS workers (including porters and cleaners) refused the vaccine?
On the less serious side, I had to go to the GP for the first time in 20 years last year, and allowed myself a laugh when the buzzer went and "Master Jeremy Hammett" popped up on the screen.One wonders how many additional more-serious and easily-avoidable errors lie in our medical records, just waiting to be used by some "algorithm".