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Message 2094456 - Posted: 18 Feb 2022, 21:55:52 UTC

Placebo Effect Accounts for More Than Two-Thirds of COVID-19 Vaccine Adverse Events, Researchers Find

https://www.bidmc.org/about-bidmc/news/2022/01/placebo-effect-contributes-to-covid-19-vaccine-adverse-events
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Message 2094465 - Posted: 19 Feb 2022, 0:26:56 UTC
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Well I'm still waiting for the Cook Islands to make the lists, Cooks record fourth community case, but the world's total case tally has easily passed 428.8 million without them while total deaths passed 5,891,000.

Anyhow the Grand Opening of the brand new 80M+ case clubhouse is underway, Brazil (3rd) blew the front doors off the 28M+ clubhouse while France (4th) damaged the doors of the 22M+ club yesterday, Russia (6th) took the doors out at the 15M+ club as Germany (7th) did the same at the 13M+ club, the Netherlands became the 14th member of the 6M+ club and Indonesia became the 17th country to enter the 5M+ clubhouse.

Japan became the 19th member of the 4M+ case club, Malaysia was the 28th to join the 3M+ club as South Korea is on course to be the 40 member of the 2M+ club in the next day or 2, Lebanon was the 55th country to enter the 1M+ clubhouse while Uruguay became the 64th member of the 800K+ club, Finland the 73rd member of the 600K+ club and Venezuela was the 79th to join the 500K+ club.

At the top 30 end of the death list the changes are Italy taking 8th spot off of Indonesia with Colombia and France both passing Iran to claim 10th & 11th respectively while Vietnam replaced Czechia in 24th and Canada did a mighty leap over Malaysia, Bulgaria and Ecuador to takeover 26th place.

Anyhow even with all the ebbing and flowing still going on around the world cases generally are on the decrease ATM, but as seen before that could change at any time.

[edit] Just in, Australia has just become the 29th member of the 3M+ case club. :-(
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Message 2094492 - Posted: 19 Feb 2022, 7:38:43 UTC

"Speak and you shall receive".

The Cook Islands hits the case list straight into 224th spot out of now 226 members.
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Message 2094782 - Posted: 23 Feb 2022, 0:16:44 UTC

Moderna has now been approved for use on 6-11yr olds down under.

ATAGI formally approves Moderna for use in children in world first.

Now that should get the kids in a lot of country and remote regions here vaccinated where the Pfizer doses are unsuitable due to storage requirements.
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Message 2094809 - Posted: 23 Feb 2022, 17:34:16 UTC
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Two sad highlights to remind everyone that, despite the politics, in reality the covid pandemic is very much ongoing:


Hong Kong: What went wrong with its Covid plan?
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... But the city has been brought to its knees with the arrival of the highly transmissible Omicron variant. The number of reported cases has soared to more than 66,000 in just a couple of months...

... "Because of our success, paradoxically, people had been lulled into a sense of false security,"...

.... one key problem is the low vaccination rate among the elderly. Some 76.2% of those aged above 11 are fully vaccinated - but fewer than one-third of people aged 80 and above have had two jabs...

Covid: Hong Kong's hospitals overwhelmed amid spike in cases
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Hong Kong's healthcare system has been overwhelmed by a huge surge in Covid-19 cases, with infected patients being treated outside crowded hospitals...

... More than 10,000 people are waiting to be admitted to hospitals, as experts warn cases could surge to 28,000 daily. Nine people died from the virus in the past 24 hours, including a three-year old girl...



And over in the UK:

Antrim Hospital staff 'traumatised' by pressures
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Staff at Antrim Area Hospital were "traumatised" by the considerable pressure of patient numbers on Tuesday...

... major incident was declared when the hospital had no available beds. ... there was "no physical space to stand, never mind to receive critically ill patients"...

... At one point on Tuesday there were 62 patients delayed in the emergency department, many of whom had been there more than 12 hours and some for a number of days.

She added that 661 out of 12,000 staff were off due to Covid-19 or self-isolation across the trust...

... Tuesday was "not a single event", but one that had "been building for some time", she added. "We've been struggling at full capacity now for months," ...

... "I am talking about really sick patients here..." ...

... more than a quarter of the hospital's patients - 86 - have tested positive for Covid-19...

... "Part of the issue is that Covid is still a problem," the consultant told BBC Radio Foyle. Dr Lavery said the health service required "planned change" rather than "emergency change when services fall apart"...

So... That is over 1-in-4 people there with covid (although for some, that is not immediately requiring primary treatment, yet?)...


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Message 2094831 - Posted: 23 Feb 2022, 21:38:23 UTC - in response to Message 2094261.  
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And the UK covid numbers just now reported for last week are:


Coronavirus (COVID-19) Infection Survey headline results, UK: 23 February 2022
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  • ... England ... around 1 in 25 people...

  • ... Wales ... around 1 in 30 people...

  • ... Northern Ireland ... around 1 in 14 people...

  • ... Scotland ... around 1 in 20 people...


And we still have a few hundred people dead each and every day.

But also, how many newly with "Long Covid" disabilities?


Those are still very high numbers but with a good hint that they are slowly subsiding. Yet we are already (too soon?) throwing away all restrictions and throwing healthy caution to the winds!

The big gamble is for how well our health service can continue whilst continuing to be relentlessly so badly overstretched.

And the Dido "Test 'n' Trace" numbers are now a complete PR fiction.


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Message 2095230 - Posted: 2 Mar 2022, 1:03:59 UTC

Even though Florida persists in trying their "real" daily death rate here's how the updates have gone over the last 4 weeks, 66,001 to 66,463 to 67,322 to 67,910 to 68,572 to 68,955 to 69,553 to 70,247.

Even inserting/sneaking 2-4 week old data in 2 a week still shows a grim picture going on there. :-(

Meanwhile things arn't so rosy here down under either with last week's removal of most COVID restrictions already showing their signs in the daily infection rates. :-(

But on the bright side for the moment is that hospitalisations across the country are currently down to 1,872 with just 123 of those in ICU and of those 26 are on ventilators, so having a vaccination rate is working.

Sadly deaths here have got to 5,245, but a lot of them didn't need to happen.
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Message 2095314 - Posted: 3 Mar 2022, 20:48:46 UTC - in response to Message 2094831.  
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... But also, how many newly with "Long Covid" disabilities?...

See: Message 2095313


Why isn't that stark figure in the news?...

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Message 2095373 - Posted: 5 Mar 2022, 1:23:22 UTC - in response to Message 2094831.  
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The UK covid numbers just now reported for last week (4th March 2022) are painfully slowly slightly improving with:

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Infection Survey, UK: 4 March 2022
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  • ... England ... around 1 in 30 people...

  • ... Wales ... around 1 in 30 people...

  • ... Northern Ireland ... around 1 in 17 people...

  • ... Scotland ... around 1 in 19 people...


And we still have a few hundred people dead each and every day.



But also, how many newly with "Long Covid" disabilities?

See: Message 2095313



Those are still very high numbers but with a good hint that they are slowly subsiding. Yet we are already (too soon?) throwing away all restrictions and throwing healthy caution to the winds!

The big gamble is for how well our health service can continue whilst continuing to be relentlessly so badly overstretched.

And the Dido "Test 'n' Trace" numbers are now [useless] PR fiction.




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Message 2095374 - Posted: 5 Mar 2022, 1:37:02 UTC
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Over in the USA:

43% of Americans — 140 million — have had COVID, CDC estimates
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About 37 million infected in omicron wave, and 58% of kids were infected at some point

An estimated 140 million people in the US—around 43 percent—have had COVID-19, according to the latest analysis by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention using data from the end of January.

The estimate of people infected with COVID-19 is nearly double the CDC's cumulative tally of cases reported at the end of January, which totaled around 74 million. These numbers are expected to differ because many COVID-19 cases are not detected or reported—i.e., people may not get tested at all, or they take a home test that is not reported. That means official case counts are expected to be a significant undercount of actual infections...

... The latest data from that surveillance system is from December. At that time, the CDC estimated that about 95 percent of people ages 16 and older in the US had antibodies against the pandemic coronavirus from prior infection and/or vaccination.

That protection didn't stop the omicron variant from causing the largest surge of cases so far. Overall, the antibody tests in both surveillance systems do not indicate that people are protected from infection or reinfection. The tests merely detect the presence of antibodies...

... The 95 percent seroprevalence estimate from December is likely to explain, in part, the relatively lower rates of hospitalization and death seen during the surge of omicron cases...



Equivalent figures for the UK I believe list the seroprevalence at somewhere around 98%... Which is likely why we have a lot of people badly ill but not as many people dying.

Note also: Vaccinated less likely to develop long Covid


And very close to home:

I have a good friend now suffering covid. As a 'just-in-case', she's been put on an experimental antiviral. She's triple vaccinated so hopefully she won't be suffering any long term problems.


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Message 2095461 - Posted: 7 Mar 2022, 7:58:14 UTC

With all the water laying around here down under and those mozzies breeding like crazy an outbreak of Japanese encephalitis virus is now doing the rounds.

Child taken to ICU after becoming infected on NSW-Victoria border.

....The unfolding outbreak of the virus in Queensland, NSW, Victoria and SA has been declared a communicable disease incident of national significance.

It can cause severe neurological illness with headaches, convulsions and reduced consciousness in some cases.

It spreads by mosquitoes carrying it from either pigs or water birds, but it doesn’t transmit from animal to animal, or animal to human, or human to human.....
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Message 2095496 - Posted: 7 Mar 2022, 21:56:20 UTC

A new Oxford University-led study has shown even mild Covid reduces the size of your brain, creating widespread damage.

People who have suffered mild Covid-19 are likely to have “significant” long-term effects on their brains, a new peer-reviewed study has found.

Parts of the brain that affect memory, smell and emotion were more likely to display evidence of tissue damage, and patients also displayed an average reduction in the size of their entire brain.

The study, led by researchers from the University of Oxford, compared brain scans from 401 people aged 51-81, before and after mostly mild Covid infections.

Of those, only 15 people had been hospitalised over their infection. 384 people without Covid were also tested as a comparison.

Following the infected patients’ second brain scans, the researchers found grey matter reduction and tissue damage in the parahippocampal gyrus and the orbitofrontal cortex, the areas of the brain responsible for smell and memory.

The patients were also asked questions in standard cognitive tests, with those who had caught Covid taking longer to answer. This could potentially explain the brain fog people feel after catching the disease.

Even when those who had been hospitalised for Covid were excluded from the results, the effects were still seen, suggesting even a mild illness could have consequences for brain health....
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Message 2095606 - Posted: 10 Mar 2022, 6:10:31 UTC

The world's total case tally now exceeds 451.8 million as deaths pass 6,043,900 so it's time for a quick update now that things are starting to settle down a bit after the chaos.

Niue has made it into lists in 227th place with 1 case, Vanuatu has moved up into 218th on the case list while the Cook Islands have now claim 215th, Tonga torpedoed the Diamond Princess to become the 212th member of the 1K+ club as Kiribati became the 209th member of the 3K+ club, Palau made it past St. Barth into 207th and the Solomon Islands are up to 194th spot.

Bhutan is now in 176th spot, the Channel Islands occupy 145th as New Caledonia claims 140th, French Polynesia is up to 134th while Brunei became the 125th member of the 100K+ club, Guadeloupe is up to 119th and Iceland has made it into 115th place.

Luxembourg is up to 108th place, New Zealand has flown into 98th while Cyprus is into 93rd, Hong Kong registered the longest flight into 79th as Finland became the 72nd member of 700K+ club, Latvia is into 71st and Singapore is in 62nd spot.

Lithuania is now in 58th spot, Norway is up to 48th as Slovakia moved into 46th, Greece has claimed 38th with Denmark in 37th while Switzerland and Austria duke it out to see who will be the 34th member of the 3M+ club with Thailand becoming the 33rd member of that club, Australia after some shuffling remains in 29th as Czechia takes 26th, Malaysia took 27th and Vietnam became the 20th member of the 5M+ club.

South Korea became the 26th member of the 5M+ club and are now chasing down Japan who is chasing down Mexico, Poland and Indonesia come in next finishing the 5M+ members off. The Netherlands passed Colombia to claim 13th as they head towards the 7M+ club where Iran resides. Argentina is still creeping towards the front door of the 9M+ clubhouse, Spain became the 10th member of the 11M+ club while Italy became the 9th member of the 13M+ club, Turkey was the 8th member of the 14M+ club as Germany flies through the 16M+ clubhouse, Russia became the 6th member of the 17M+ club and the U.K. is enjoying the service at the 19M+ bar.

France is powering through the 23M+ club while Brazil made it into the 29M+ club as India slowly approaches the front of the 43M+ clubhouse and the U.S. has created the 81M+ club.

The top 50 of the death list changes were Georgia moving past Morocco and Sri Lanka into 47th spot, Japan flew over Bolivia, the Netherlands, Thailand, Egypt and Iraq to land in 35th while Belgium removed Pakistan from 30th, Bulgaria took 27th from Ecuador as Spain took 17th from South Africa and France replaced Colombia in 10th.

Well that'll do for now.
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Message 2095612 - Posted: 10 Mar 2022, 15:41:33 UTC - in response to Message 2095374.  
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... Note also: Vaccinated less likely to develop long Covid


And very close to home:

I have a good friend now suffering covid. As a 'just-in-case', she's been put on an experimental antiviral. She's triple vaccinated so hopefully she won't be suffering any long term problems.

So... For a few revelations...

Thankfully she has recovered quickly. Her oxygen saturation had almost immediately dropped to about 80% which is uncomfortably low. Normal saturation is around 99%... She isolated at home and the antivirals were delivered to her the very next morning. She's made a good recovery.


Meanwhile... Ouch!

Another friend who does long distance lorry driving got covid. He recovered ok, but is now suffering long term fatigue and looks permanently tired. He's still driving...

And for a third victim out of our group, who is determinedly not vaccinated due to multiple unfathomable conspiracy stories, and she has now suffered covid for the second time. This second time round covid has left her badly fatigued and has unfortunately damaged her voice. She is a healthcare worker, so not being able to speak means she cannot work...



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Message 2095666 - Posted: 11 Mar 2022, 5:58:00 UTC

Covid deaths probably three times higher than records say
More than 18 million people - three times higher than official records suggest - have probably died because of Covid, say researchers.

Their report comes two years to the day from when the World Health Organization first declared the pandemic.

The Covid-19 excess mortality team at the US's Washington University studied 191 countries and territories for what they call the true global death figure.

Some deaths were from the virus, while others were linked to the infection.

This is because catching Covid might worsen other pre-existing medical conditions, such as heart or lung disease, for example.

The measure used is called excess deaths - how many more people have been dying than would be expected compared to recent years, before the pandemic hit.
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Message 2095688 - Posted: 11 Mar 2022, 22:46:47 UTC

As the “Son of Omicron” takes over from its parent here down under another strain has appeared in the northern hemisphere called "Deltacron".

Deltacron, the Potential New COVID Variant Combination of Delta and Omicron.

Another new COVID-19 variant has been detected.

The World Health Organization has confirmed that the new variant, dubbed Deltacron — a combination of Delta and Omicron — has been detected in the France, Denmark and the Netherlands.

"The hybrid genome harbors signature mutations of the two lineages," said IHU Méditerranée Infection's Philippe Colson in a study published Tuesday.

While evidence of the new variant has been observed, cases are few. According to Reuters, researchers have identified 17 confirmed instances in both Europe and the United States.

The IHU study also noted that more cases would need to emerge for researchers to be able to effectively detect the severity of the variant.....
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Message 2095802 - Posted: 14 Mar 2022, 23:41:22 UTC - in response to Message 2095373.  
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The latest UK covid numbers update for last week (11th March 2022) are painfully deteriorating with:

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Infection Survey, UK: 11 March 2022
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  • ... England ... around 1 in 25 people...

  • ... Wales ... around 1 in 30 people...

  • ... Northern Ireland ... around 1 in 13 people...

  • ... Scotland ... around 1 in 18 people...


And we still have a few hundred people dead each and every day.


But also, how many newly with "Long Covid" disabilities?
See: Message 2095313



Those still very high numbers do suggest that we too soon threw away all restrictions and so we have thrown good healthy caution to the winds!...

The big gamble is for how well our health service can continue whilst continuing to be relentlessly so badly overstretched.

And the Dido "Test 'n' Trace" numbers are now [useless] PR fiction.




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Message 2095845 - Posted: 15 Mar 2022, 15:50:19 UTC - in response to Message 2095802.  
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The latest UK covid numbers update for last week (11th March 2022) are painfully deteriorating with:...

At least there is one island of political good healthy sense:

Covid in Scotland: Mask rules will stay in force until April
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... "prudent" to keep mask rules in place due to a spike in [covid] cases...



For something so simple and effective, why ever not save lives?

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Message 2095875 - Posted: 15 Mar 2022, 23:04:10 UTC - in response to Message 2095845.  

For something so simple and effective, why ever not save lives?
Assisting humanity is not part of the ethos of a certain class.
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