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Darat 13th April 2020 11:15 AM

Covid-19 and Politics
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by GlennB (Post 13054602)
Because the UK was running, for a damaging amount of time, with the wrong ball; the ball of 'mitigation' and rapidly acquired 'herd immunity'.


One of the issues is that we werenít doing confirmation testing and contact tracing.

ETA hadnít read andiunís post before posting that, but I had a colleague who had pretty much the same experience.

a_unique_person 13th April 2020 01:13 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Planigale (Post 13054346)
866 Deaths (in hospitals) in England reported on 10/04 of which about 125 were on 09/04, about 350 on 08/04, about 150 on 07/04 the rest from earlier dates.



An analysis from 12/04 is here

https://www.cebm.net/covid-19/covid-...te-12th-april/

It is fairly obvious that deaths have plateaued in England. Deaths are also reported to have plateaued for Scotland. It seems unlikely that deaths will exceed 800 on any day in England, UK population is 66 million of which 55 million are English. On a pro rata basis it is unlikely total daily deaths in hospital for the UK will exceed 900 for any day. Like every other country the counting of community deaths has more of a lag, 2 weeks for E&W. You can see here registered deaths up to week 27/03 from the beginning of the year.

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets...tfg/edit#gid=0

Also the expected mortality is given based on weekly average over the last 5 years, there is an excess over predicted of 1% in the last week for which figures are available. This is significant, but lower than one sees associated with winter flu. It is likely to get worse.

When you say plateaued you mean the acceleration in the rate rate of deaths has plateaued?

The Atheist 13th April 2020 01:55 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by anduin (Post 13054676)
I have an interesting perspective. I developed covid-17 symptoms on Sunday March 15, after a trip to Paris, my wife developed symptoms a couple of days later.

Excellent post, thanks, and pleased to hear you all made it through!

Quote:

Originally Posted by Steve (Post 13054684)
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Based on those numbers alone it is impossible to tell. No doubt Aus and NZ are currently doing well but trends can only be determined over time.

Sure, it's early days and we're still not testing enough people to be sure, but it's unquestionably more evidence that shutting down society knocks the virus out of major circulation.

I'll be able to tell you for sure if it was successful one month from now, as our shutdown is due to end 29 April and it looks pretty likely that restrictions will be lifted and if it doesn't break out, after that, we will have won.

No guarantees that's how it will be, though.

Arcade22 13th April 2020 02:13 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by The Atheist (Post 13054576)
No need - the numbers speak for themselves.

I'm guessing that means you will not be publishing a scientific paper of your findings then.

Arcade22 13th April 2020 02:22 PM

Belgium
Population - 11,515,793
Covid-19 deaths - 3,903
Sweden
Population - 10,333,456
Covid-19 deaths - 919
If only the Belgians had followed Sweden's lead...

The Atheist 13th April 2020 02:43 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Arcade22 (Post 13054935)
I'm guessing that means you will not be publishing a scientific paper of your findings then.

One day, I trust you'll realise what an idiotic post that is.

This is a discussion forum, not the BMJ.

Planigale 13th April 2020 03:16 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by a_unique_person (Post 13054860)
When you say plateaued you mean the acceleration in the rate rate of deaths has plateaued?

I mean if you look at the graph in the last few days it is flat but high; like a plateau in geography. See link.

Arcade22 13th April 2020 03:33 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by The Atheist (Post 13054974)
This is a discussion forum, not the BMJ.

Your line of reasoning wouldn't even be acceptable in a high-school essay. I expect better standards here than that.

The Atheist 13th April 2020 03:41 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Arcade22 (Post 13055014)
Your line of reasoning wouldn't even be acceptable in a high-school essay. I expect better standards here than that.

Your crap gets deeper with every post. You "expect"? Have you bought the forum?

It's quite notable you haven't bothered trying to refute the actual point I made and continue posting snide snot.

Please do continue, or alternatively, show where countries with rigorous lockdown and testing regimes are faring worse than countries without them.

quadraginta 13th April 2020 03:52 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Captain_Swoop (Post 13053463)
Still going on

Police officer who arrested and threatened to pepper spray man ‘delivering food to vulnerable relatives’ under investigation

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/u...-a9460831.html


Meanwhile;
Quote:

Coronavirus: Greater Manchester Police warning after 660 parties shut down

Greater Manchester Police has warned people not to breach lockdown rules over Easter after it had to break up 660 parties during the pandemic.

Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said "each and every one of us need take this seriously".

There were 1,132 coronavirus-related breaches reported between 25 March and 7 April, the force said.

That included 494 house parties - some with DJs, fireworks and bouncy castles - and 166 street parties.

One woman in Bury became the first person in Greater Manchester to be charged under the Coronavirus Act 2020 after police had to repeatedly shut down one of the gatherings.

The force, which has released updated figures, also had to deal with 122 different groups gathering to play sports, 173 more gatherings in parks and 112 incidents of anti-social behaviour and public disorder
.

Planigale 13th April 2020 03:59 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by anduin (Post 13054676)
I have an interesting perspective. I developed covid-17 symptoms on Sunday March 15, after a trip to Paris, my wife developed symptoms a couple of days later.

My first symptoms was a persistent dry cough, this soon turned into a painful cough, a low level fever, and feeling weak and rundown. We used the UK NHS 111 online tool, which told us to stay home in isolation for 7-14 days. No test was done. My wife never developed anything more than fever and pain in the lung area, which eventually went away, but she was exhausted for 3 weeks.

I got every single symptom. I lost my sense of smell and taste, I lost weight, I had pain when coughing, I had diarrhoea, and one day I had difficulty breathing. At no point was I offered a test, and even when my breathing got bad I was not offered any medical attention, stay at home was the only advice.

Symptoms went away and came back, during the third week I had chest pain and I was taken to the hospital after a call to 999. They did not test me as it was week 3, and they were running out of tests, but everyone assumed I had covid-19 and I was taken to the "Red Zone" with other infected patients. My heart results and x-ray came out fine, and I was released the same day.

The problem is that I was allowed to go out even though I was still not well, and had I been irresponsible I might have infected more people. Now I am feeling 100% back to normal, but it was quite scary, and I wasn't even as sick as other people.

The lack of testing in the UK is criminal, no doubt it will make things worse in the long run.


Now for the comparison. As luck would have it, my brother developed symptoms in Costa Rica in March 17. Costa Rica has been doing a very good job so far, him and his family were immediately tested, and all came positive. They were all isolated and the people they had contact with were told to isolate as well. He eventually was taken to the ICU and put in oxygen, but not a ventilator. He was eventually released, but he has not been allowed out of isolation until he has two negative tests, and as of two days ago he still had virus in his system.

Costa Rica has only had 3 deaths, and over 500 confirmed cases. That is how you flatten the curve. The UK is set for more pain until we get our act together and get testing done properly, this current strategy of flying blind is madness.

If I can respond to this. What difference would a test have made. You were diagnosed with covid-19 on clinical grounds there and then. That is it you have it. If the test was done and came back positive a day or two later you still had it, but the diagnosis was delayed by a couple of days. If the test came back negative does that mean you don't have it? 30% of tests are false negative; given your history and symptoms the test would have been a false negative perhaps providing false reassurance that you can go out and about.

I don't know exactly what advice you were given, it should have been;
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If you live alone and you have symptoms of coronavirus illness (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home for 7 days from when your symptoms started.
after 7 days, if you do not have a high temperature, you do not need to continue to self-isolate. If you still have a high temperature, keep self-isolating until your temperature returns to normal. You do not need to self-isolate if you just have a cough after 7 days, as a cough can last for several weeks after the infection has gone.
....
If you develop new coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms at any point after ending your first period of isolation (self or household) then you need to follow the same guidance on self-isolation again. This means you need to stay at home for 7 days from when your symptoms started if you live alone, or if you live in a household then you and all household members will need to stay at home for 14 days. This will help to ensure that you are continuing to protect others in the community by minimising the amount of infection that is passed on.
So if this was a new onset of symptoms you should have self isolated for seven days and your wife for 14! If it was felt to be a continuation of your initial illness then you were beyond the infectious period. It is unclear whether a persistent positive swab represents infectivity.

The difference in action between the UK and Costa Rica for the symptomatic person and household is none. The individual with covid-19 isolates as does the family. I am not sure who are regarded as contacts in costa rica, early on contact tracing was done in the UK, but once the number of cases rose it became impractical. The initial policy in the UK of identifying isolating and contact tracing all cases failed.

It is good that Costa Rica has sufficient resources to allow testing of contacts, and retesting of known cases at frequent intervals. Unfortunately the UK does not have sufficient testing ability. This includes not just a lack of laboratory space, but also a lack of swabs. (Only EU manufacturer is in North Italy.)
https://www.ft.com/content/86efe246-...d-da70cff6e4d3

The reality is that however much anyone in the UK wanted to do more tests it was not possible. Similar issues for instance are seen in France. South Korea could do better because it had stockpiled and because it has a larger in country manufacturing resource than the UK. The fault lies not with the current government who were only elected weeks before the pandemic, but their predecessors over years. The lack of UK manufacturing capacity is an issue, but relates to long term policy decisions, and there clearly needs to be a review of stockpiling critical kit. Engineering and manufacturing is not something the UK does well, a good example is the criticism that Dyson has had in trying to respond by developing new manufacturing capacity and a new design for a ventilator. Some people who post here think that trying to respond in this way is criminal. It may be a similar attitude that limited involvement of the industrial sector in testing, but even with increased laboratory space a shortage of swabs is still limiting.

Planigale 13th April 2020 04:01 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Darat (Post 13054715)
When?

Not sure they have, I think the order will only come once they are being made.

Most up to date summary appears to be this
https://www.theguardian.com/world/20...rs-coronavirus
The Red Bull / Renault ventilator is deemed not suitable, the parapac ventilator has been ordered, but this is a transport ventilator and not one that would be used longterm on ITU. Others awaiting approval.

Arcade22 13th April 2020 04:11 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by The Atheist (Post 13055021)
Your crap gets deeper with every post. You "expect"? Have you bought the forum?

This is a "skeptic" forum, not a "faulty reasoning forum". It's even in the name. I'm surprised you didn't notice.

Edit: To be as informative and pedantic as possible, what are the things that can and do make "correlation means causation" lead to incorrect conclusions? Can you think of any?

The Atheist 13th April 2020 04:36 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Arcade22 (Post 13055059)
... "correlation means causation" lead to incorrect conclusions?

Gosh, if only I'd thought of that before:

http://www.internationalskeptics.com...d.php?t=343171

Darat 14th April 2020 03:51 AM

Covid-19 and Politics
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Planigale (Post 13055047)
If I can respond to this. What difference would a test have made. You were diagnosed with covid-19 on clinical grounds there and then. That is it you have it. If the test was done and came back positive a day or two later you still had it, but the diagnosis was delayed by a couple of days. If the test came back negative does that mean you don't have it? 30% of tests are false negative; given your history and symptoms the test would have been a false negative perhaps providing false reassurance that you can go out and about.

I don't know exactly what advice you were given, it should have been;


So if this was a new onset of symptoms you should have self isolated for seven days and your wife for 14! If it was felt to be a continuation of your initial illness then you were beyond the infectious period. It is unclear whether a persistent positive swab represents infectivity.

The difference in action between the UK and Costa Rica for the symptomatic person and household is none. The individual with covid-19 isolates as does the family. I am not sure who are regarded as contacts in costa rica, early on contact tracing was done in the UK, but once the number of cases rose it became impractical. The initial policy in the UK of identifying isolating and contact tracing all cases failed.

It is good that Costa Rica has sufficient resources to allow testing of contacts, and retesting of known cases at frequent intervals. Unfortunately the UK does not have sufficient testing ability. This includes not just a lack of laboratory space, but also a lack of swabs. (Only EU manufacturer is in North Italy.)
https://www.ft.com/content/86efe246-...d-da70cff6e4d3

The reality is that however much anyone in the UK wanted to do more tests it was not possible. Similar issues for instance are seen in France. South Korea could do better because it had stockpiled and because it has a larger in country manufacturing resource than the UK. The fault lies not with the current government who were only elected weeks before the pandemic, but their predecessors over years. The lack of UK manufacturing capacity is an issue, but relates to long term policy decisions, and there clearly needs to be a review of stockpiling critical kit. Engineering and manufacturing is not something the UK does well, a good example is the criticism that Dyson has had in trying to respond by developing new manufacturing capacity and a new design for a ventilator. Some people who post here think that trying to respond in this way is criminal. It may be a similar attitude that limited involvement of the industrial sector in testing, but even with increased laboratory space a shortage of swabs is still limiting.


You missed out one major thing in the account given, no contact tracing. The reason SK has been so successful is down to 4 things, reacting quickly, testing, contact tracing and enforced quarantine.

The major irresponsibility in the UK was the lack of rigorous contact tracing and enforced quarantined. That was a matter of political will so the failing for that rest solely at the governmentsí feet.

Darat 14th April 2020 03:53 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Planigale (Post 13055050)
Not sure they have, I think the order will only come once they are being made.

Most up to date summary appears to be this
https://www.theguardian.com/world/20...rs-coronavirus
The Red Bull / Renault ventilator is deemed not suitable, the parapac ventilator has been ordered, but this is a transport ventilator and not one that would be used longterm on ITU. Others awaiting approval.


What we havenít seen from any Dyson ventilators is that the design has been approved. We were initially told that the approval (based on the prototype) would be something like a week away.

dann 14th April 2020 04:52 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Arcade22 (Post 13054947)
Belgium
Population - 11,515,793
Covid-19 deaths - 3,903
Sweden
Population - 10,333,456
Covid-19 deaths - 919
If only the Belgians had followed Sweden's lead...


You seem to be spreading disinformation deliberately:

Quote:

The 2019-20 coronavirus pandemic was first confirmed to have spread to Belgium on 4 February 2020, when a Belgian national out of a group of nine Belgians repatriated from Wuhan to Brussels tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. Transmission within Belgium was then confirmed early March at the end of the school holidays around carnival, when many tourists back from Northern Italy returned to work or school, leading to an epidemic with a rapid increase in cases in March–April 2020.
2020 coronavirus pandemic in Belgium (Wikipedia)

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The ongoing pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), was confirmed to have reached Sweden on 31 January 2020, when a woman returning from Wuhan tested positive. On 26 February, following outbreaks in Italy and in Iran, multiple travel-related clusters appeared in Sweden. Community transmission was confirmed on 9 March in the Stockholm region. Since then, individuals in every lšn (county) have tested positive for COVID-19. The first death was reported on 11 March in Stockholm, a case of community transmission.
2020 coronavirus pandemic in Sweden (Wikipedia)

The one woman returning from Wuhan was allegedly isolated successfully: "The case was fully isolated and there are no reports of further spread." And that appears to have been the last thing Sweden did right.

You should have chosen to compare Belgium with any other Scandinavian country - and you know it! There is no reason why any country should follow Sweden's example.

Captain_Swoop 14th April 2020 04:53 AM

Boris Johnson is recovering at Chequers but he won't be returning to work because he needs Hancock or someone to get as much of the blame for the ******** as possible

dann 14th April 2020 04:56 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by The Atheist (Post 13055021)
Your crap gets deeper with every post. You "expect"?


Next he'll be calling you a communist. That's what he considers good standards!

a_unique_person 14th April 2020 05:08 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Captain_Swoop (Post 13055516)
Boris Johnson is recovering at Chequers but he won't be returning to work because he needs Hancock or someone to get as much of the blame for the ******** as possible

From what I have read, someone who gets it as bad as Boris can require a good deal of time to fully recover.

The Don 14th April 2020 05:27 AM

Some interesting statistics being reported by the BBC:

Quote:

More than one in five deaths in England and Wales is linked to coronavirus, figures show.

The Office for National Statistics data showed the virus was mentioned on 3,475 death certificates in the week ending 3 April.

It helped push the total number of deaths in that week to more than 16,000 - a record high and 6,000 more than expected at this time of year.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-52278825

If I understand that correctly, stripping out the Coronavirus fatalities, deaths in the UK were 25% higher than expected. I wonder if:
  • It's just a statistical fluctuation - nothing to worry about
  • It's an indication that there are a lot of Coronavirus deaths not being recorded as such
  • It's an indication that there are people dying because they cannot or choose not to seek treatment - for example, I understand that some cancer patients are having their chemotherapy postponed
  • Coronavirus is having knock-on healthcare effects - for example I've read reports that heart attack deaths are through the roof in New York for no easily understandable reason

Or maybe it's a combination of things.

IMO it does fly in the face of the idea that it's not worth worrying about Coronavirus because the people who have died were about to pop their clogs anyway.

Arcade22 14th April 2020 06:16 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by dann (Post 13055514)
The one woman returning from Wuhan was allegedly isolated successfully: "The case was fully isolated and there are no reports of further spread." And that appears to have been the last thing Sweden did right.

And then thousands of infected people came back from their ski vacations in the Alps and readily spread the disease over days before a few ended up in the hospital.

Relatively shortly after that point a decision was made, that since Sweden lacked the ability to follow up a significant portion of people who were potentially infected, and that there was no way to change that without severly compromising the functioning of the healthcare system, that the least bad response was to try and keep the infection in check by a combination of voluntary and mandatory measures.

The fact that Belgium, a country with comparable population that has instituted far more sever mandatory measures than those that apply in Sweden, experienced far more deaths is quite clear evidence that reducing the difference in deaths between Sweden and the other Nordic countries to one single thing is completely faulty.

The only major difference is that Swedish politicians have not faced any significant pressure to jump on the band-wagon and adopt the most extreme measures simply out of a fear of looking like they are not doing enough. Meanwhile BJ and Macron are acting like they are fighting a war. Like what the ****!?

Darat 14th April 2020 06:30 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Captain_Swoop (Post 13055516)
Boris Johnson is recovering at Chequers but he won't be returning to work because he needs Hancock or someone to get as much of the blame for the ******** as possible


Iím not sure which thread I posted it in but I am pissed off that his girlfriend was not only allowed to breach the new essential travel only law but was helped to do so by the police and security services!

Darat 14th April 2020 06:36 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by The Don (Post 13055542)
Some interesting statistics being reported by the BBC:



https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-52278825

If I understand that correctly, stripping out the Coronavirus fatalities, deaths in the UK were 25% higher than expected. I wonder if:
  • It's just a statistical fluctuation - nothing to worry about
  • It's an indication that there are a lot of Coronavirus deaths not being recorded as such
  • It's an indication that there are people dying because they cannot or choose not to seek treatment - for example, I understand that some cancer patients are having their chemotherapy postponed
  • Coronavirus is having knock-on healthcare effects - for example I've read reports that heart attack deaths are through the roof in New York for no easily understandable reason

Or maybe it's a combination of things.

IMO it does fly in the face of the idea that it's not worth worrying about Coronavirus because the people who have died were about to pop their clogs anyway.


Wonder if it is probably people with ďfragileĒ health either not seeking help or being triaged and not receiving it?

My mother is not dying from her health issues, she is stable, but her health is fragile, so a severe cold could quite easily move her from being stable to being at deathís door in a matter of hours. (One did do about 18 months ago). If people like her canít receive prompt treatment they will die sooner than they would have done if the health system was working as usual.

Ulf Nereng 14th April 2020 07:58 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Arcade22 (Post 13055595)
And then thousands of infected people came back from their ski vacations in the Alps and readily spread the disease over days before a few ended up in the hospital.

Relatively shortly after that point a decision was made, that since Sweden lacked the ability to follow up a significant portion of people who were potentially infected, and that there was no way to change that without severly compromising the functioning of the healthcare system, that the least bad response was to try and keep the infection in check by a combination of voluntary and mandatory measures.

The fact that Belgium, a country with comparable population that has instituted far more sever mandatory measures than those that apply in Sweden, experienced far more deaths is quite clear evidence that reducing the difference in deaths between Sweden and the other Nordic countries to one single thing is completely faulty.

The only major difference is that Swedish politicians have not faced any significant pressure to jump on the band-wagon and adopt the most extreme measures simply out of a fear of looking like they are not doing enough. Meanwhile BJ and Macron are acting like they are fighting a war. Like what the ****!?

So there is broad agreement among the political parties in Sweden about the chosen path? I haven't read Swedish media lately so I don't know. Here in Norway there is little disagreement. The economic rescue package was hammered through in our parliament with only one of the tiny parties not voting for it.

Pixel42 14th April 2020 08:09 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Ulf Nereng (Post 13055703)
So there is broad agreement among the political parties in Sweden about the chosen path? I haven't read Swedish media lately so I don't know. Here in Norway there is little disagreement. The economic rescue package was hammered through in our parliament with only one of the tiny parties not voting for it.

Sweden: 22 Scientists Say Coronavirus Strategy Has Failed As Deaths Top 1,000

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Sweden deaths much higher than neighboring nations

The criticism comes as the Swedish death total hits new heights. 1,033 people have now died from COVID-19 in Sweden, according to the Swedish Public Health Agency. That's an increase of 114 in the past 24 hours. The daily update also confirms that 11,445 people have tested positive in Sweden with 915 receiving or having received intensive care treatment.

The researchers highlight Finland, which has recorded ten times fewer deaths than Sweden on a per-person basis. Sweden's deaths as a percentage of population is also much higher than Denmark and Norway, which have also introduced strict measures.

Trebuchet 14th April 2020 09:10 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by The Don (Post 13055542)
Some interesting statistics being reported by the BBC:



https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-52278825

If I understand that correctly, stripping out the Coronavirus fatalities, deaths in the UK were 25% higher than expected. I wonder if:
  • It's just a statistical fluctuation - nothing to worry about
  • It's an indication that there are a lot of Coronavirus deaths not being recorded as such
  • It's an indication that there are people dying because they cannot or choose not to seek treatment - for example, I understand that some cancer patients are having their chemotherapy postponed
  • Coronavirus is having knock-on healthcare effects - for example I've read reports that heart attack deaths are through the roof in New York for no easily understandable reason

Or maybe it's a combination of things.

IMO it does fly in the face of the idea that it's not worth worrying about Coronavirus because the people who have died were about to pop their clogs anyway.

Have you achieved herd immunity yet?

Arcade22 14th April 2020 10:02 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Ulf Nereng (Post 13055703)
So there is broad agreement among the political parties in Sweden about the chosen path? I haven't read Swedish media lately so I don't know. Here in Norway there is little disagreement. The economic rescue package was hammered through in our parliament with only one of the tiny parties not voting for it.

There is pretty much no political controversy about the current course of action. They know as much as anyone that the problem is systemic and that trying to score political points is more than likely going to bite them in the ass because everyone shares part of the blame for the current situation.

Region Stockholm has seen something like half of the deaths of the entire country. Healthcare, as well as care for elderly, are the responsibility for the regional and municipal governments there and they have been under the control of the right-wing parties for a long time.

From what I've read, the fact that so many more people have died in Sweden compared to Norway or Finland has been to a large degree caused by the disease finding its way into care homes for the elderly. Something like half of the care homes in Stockholm have cases of infected people. Of those who have died, at least 40% have died there.

Arcade22 14th April 2020 10:06 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Pixel42 (Post 13055720)

I love how they think. The politicians who have caused this situation are to disregard the experts and professionals and somehow solve the problems on their own using... what exactly? Politics! That's what we really need!

The Don 14th April 2020 10:21 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Trebuchet (Post 13055795)
Have you achieved herd immunity yet?

The cows in the field next to us have :p

Mader Levap 14th April 2020 11:32 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Planigale (Post 13054399)
Bribery is a crime in the UK if you have any evidence that James Dyson has bribed any member of the government then I would encourage you to report it to the police.

As far I am concerned, donations to party are bribery. Being it legal does not change it is immoral to prioritize donor over others. But you are being disingenuous, of course.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Planigale (Post 13054399)
Your argument against the ventilator seems to be that you disagree with the political views of the owner of the company.

I will now repeat what I said and what you even cited:

Quote:

Yes, ****** ventilator made by people without medical expertise is better than no ventilator.
You know what would be even better? Ventilator made by actual medical company.
THIS is my reason. I don't know where you got "you disagree with the political views of the owner of the company" (maybe projection?). I got to know he is Conservative party member only after you said you have no idea and I thought it is worth looking into.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Planigale (Post 13054399)
I have no idea what James Dyson's views on politics are.

Dyson happens to be "longtime Conservative party member" and gave away millions to that party. I am sure preferential treatment of that company by your government and politicians that you support is completely accidental. :rolleyes:

Source (just one from many, there is a lot on net about it):
https://www.thecanary.co/discovery/a...l-ventilators/

Quote:

The production of ventilators is welcome. But the governmentís choice of manufacturers raises major questions over whether it has prioritised its friends and donors over the speed at which it can manufacture ventilators.
No corruption here, no sireee.

Nessie 14th April 2020 12:06 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Arcade22 (Post 13054947)
Belgium
Population - 11,515,793
Covid-19 deaths - 3,903
Sweden
Population - 10,333,456
Covid-19 deaths - 919
If only the Belgians had followed Sweden's lead...


Could it be that more people with covid-19 ended up in Belgium than Sweden?

As in more people travelled from Wuhan or had been at the European epicentre and then Belgium than Sweden.

The Atheist 14th April 2020 12:07 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Arcade22 (Post 13055826)
From what I've read, the fact that so many more people have died in Sweden compared to Norway or Finland has been to a large degree caused by the disease finding its way into care homes for the elderly. Something like half of the care homes in Stockholm have cases of infected people. Of those who have died, at least 40% have died there.

*Hint*

Care home residents form a very large percentage of all Covid-19 deaths, so it isn't that.

Have another go.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/20...19-death-rates

Arcade22 14th April 2020 12:10 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by The Atheist (Post 13055982)
*Hint*

Care home residents form a very large percentage of all Covid-19 deaths, so it isn't that.

Have another go.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/20...19-death-rates

Not in Norway or Finland, at least relative to Sweden, Belgium or France.

Nessie 14th April 2020 12:18 PM

Is flattening the curve not just a way to get herd immunity without overwhelming the health service?

Arcade22 14th April 2020 12:24 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Nessie (Post 13055981)
Could it be that more people with covid-19 ended up in Belgium than Sweden?

As in more people travelled from Wuhan or had been at the European epicentre and then Belgium than Sweden.

There are plenty of different factors that play in, which is why one should avoid the temptation of trying to pin it on one single obvious difference.

Most of the individuals were infected in areas around the Alps and Northern Italy. Many, but not all, were there on vacation and engaging in winter sports. So called "after-ski" events and tightly packed ski-elevators have been pointed out as being environments where many were likely to be have been infected.

It dose not seem implausible that more Belgians were vacationing in those areas than Swede's, meaning that they could've faced a significantly larger initial caseload. We have mountainous areas with snow that you can ski at here in Sweden, at least for the present.

Ulf Nereng 14th April 2020 01:19 PM

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Originally Posted by Arcade22 (Post 13056013)
There are plenty of different factors that play in, which is why one should avoid the temptation of trying to pin it on one single obvious difference.

Most of the individuals were infected in areas around the Alps and Northern Italy. Many, but not all, were there on vacation and engaging in winter sports. So called "after-ski" events and tightly packed ski-elevators have been pointed out as being environments where many were likely to be have been infected.

It dose not seem implausible that more Belgians were vacationing in those areas than Swede's, meaning that they could've faced a significantly larger initial caseload. We have mountainous areas with snow that you can ski at here in Sweden, at least for the present.

Belgium appears to be on much the same curve as France, which is perhaps natural given the geography.. I don't know that they have the same ski-culture as we have.

The Atheist 14th April 2020 03:10 PM

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Originally Posted by Arcade22 (Post 13055988)
Not in Norway or Finland, at least relative to Sweden, Belgium or France.

Want to try backing up that bold assertion with evidence, maybe?

I don't know how you'll go on proving France's rate is lower, since they don't appear to publish that number, but the care facilities themselves are saying it's under-counted, whatever the number is.

Finland - how are the numbers there? This is a terrible translation but seems to indicate eight age-care deaths in Helsinki alone. At that time, Finland's total was 40 deaths.

Your move.

The Atheist 14th April 2020 05:48 PM

Meanwhile, in NZ politics, NZ's Prime Minister is wildly popular, while her main opponent, Simon Bridges, has tried very hard to stay relevant.

He managed to seize on a report by a bunch of moronic non-medical academics asking for our lockdown to be ended because of the danger to the economy. Bridges is now calling for a return to work asap.

It plays beautifully to his core voters - rich, white people - but isn't going to work when Jacinda and her plan has about 99% support.

The Atheist 14th April 2020 06:59 PM

Speaking of Sweden, how are they doing?

See if you can spot the anomaly in these countries with fewer than 20,000 cases:

http://charman.co.nz/swedencovid.png


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