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Old Today, 01:07 AM   #1121
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They put a cup of toothpicks and a sponge stuck to the wall of the elevator in my building now. So you can use a toothpick to push the button then stick it into the sponge when you are done (so no one will take the same toothpick that you used).

Don't know if it's related to anything, but my VPN stopped working two days ago. This happens from time to time.
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How do you take a toothpick from the cup without accidentally touching the other toothpicks?
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Surgical gloves! (now is the time to buy shares in the company that makes them!)
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Originally Posted by ceptimus View Post
How do you take a toothpick from the cup without accidentally touching the other toothpicks?
Maybe the cup is for the used ones? No one told me how to use it. I just pushed the button with my finger anyway...
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Originally Posted by a_unique_person View Post
I went to see my GP last week. There was a sign on the door saying that if anyone with a virus has returned from travel to China recently they were not to enter the surgery but to run a specified phone number and wait outside.
Same over here.
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Coronavirus: Couple quarantined on cruise ship criticise UK government

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A British couple quarantined on a cruise liner off the Japanese port of Yokohama have accused the UK government of ignoring their pleas for help.
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Mr Abel, who describes himself as a "staunch Tory", said he had "no confidence" in Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

Speaking during a Facebook live video with his wife, Sally, he said: "When he [Johnson] just says 'keep calm, don't panic' - I'd like to see you in this situation, mate. I really would."
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Mr Abel, who has become an unlikely celebrity as a result of his videos, went on to appeal to billionaire Richard Branson for help.
"So, Richard Branson, I want to ask you a question, pal," he said in a video posted on Valentine's Day.
"If you and your family were in this situation, what would you do? And please don't say 'chill out, stay calm', that's not what we want to hear.
"I'm asking, what would it cost to hire one of your smaller planes, put all the Brits on board, no flight attendants, packaged food?
"Take us to Brize Norton, take us straight into the medical facility and let us do our quarantine there by people who can speak our language."
Mr Abel added that his appeal was a reflection of "just how desperate some of the passengers are becoming".
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He and his wife have previously said they have been given the option to leave and continue their quarantine ashore if they test negative for the virus, but have chosen to remain on board.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-51519687
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Originally Posted by Skeptic Ginger View Post
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Watch these guys when you see them. Do they contaminate those gloves while they wear them for hours on end? Do they wash their hands by wetting them and drying them off? Do they put the gloves on without contaminating them?
BBC News.
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Originally Posted by Skeptic Ginger View Post
Fever, cough and shortness of breath (dyspnea) are the classic symptoms. You have to be careful interpreting this stuff with an anal-retentive attitude.

Clinical Characteristics of 138 Hospitalized Patients With 2019 Novel Coronavirus–Infected Pneumonia in Wuhan, ChinaThe highlighted is especially important for people who have been exposed to know.
Er, I thought you disputed this when I said it?
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As in most people just croaked and no symptoms? Or most were so mild that they never suspected corona virus and ended up OK?
Problem is, this year's 'flu srain wasn't expected to peak until early spring (around about now and March) and thus vaccinations were delayed until November. It is quite possible people who died were thought to have just had normal 'flu that turned rogue.
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Originally Posted by Captain_Swoop View Post
Coronavirus: Couple quarantined on cruise ship criticise UK government









https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-51519687
Brexiteers strike again.
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Roborama, we're pretty worried here, especially after our Mayor underling of the missile button governor told everyone to go to the crowded open markets as there is no corona virus danger in those situations

But you must be freaking out, I feel so bad for you guys
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BBC News.
A lot of sources including the CDC (or maybe they got it from them) are only listing those three symptoms because they are the most common presentation. But the CDC has a paragraph preceding the list that includes this:
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... reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death. Symptoms can include:
People in this thread should be careful about declaring things as absolutes. Which is what I meant by this:
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Er, I thought you disputed this when I said it?
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Old Today, 01:21 PM   #1133
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Roborama, we're pretty worried here, especially after our Mayor underling of the missile button governor told everyone to go to the crowded open markets as there is no corona virus danger in those situations

But you must be freaking out, I feel so bad for you guys
I keep trying to guess what crowded island you live on. I was thinking about Taiwan, but the clues don't fit. Who has missiles? That narrows it down but also eliminates all the places I was thinking of.

I worry about a lot of people in this forum.
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Oahu. If you didnt hear about our governor's missile button failure, I'm sure there are still a bunch of hillarious memes, reddit and youtube things on it

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2JHgm3s49Wk
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I'm still trying to get my head around the maths here.

For example - the rate of serious infection and deaths in China has stayed stable over the past several days and the rate is currently 18.8% of all cases being classed as severe, or where the patient has died.

Outside China, that rate is 3.75%, and now there are 800 cases outside China we can give the numbers some weight. We also know huge numbers have tested negative and that leads are being followed, so the reported numbers in developed nations will be pretty close to reality.

It's apparent that there are many more mild cases than severe cases and I'd be amazed if the same weren't true in China. A lot of people won't be sick enough to see a doctor, far less be tested, plus China has admitted to a shortage of tests.

Using the same 3.75% rate would give China a total case load of 345,000, which seems to be a lot more like reality.

At that level, the death rate would be 0.5%, which is certainly about where most people think it will end up. That number of cases and death rate also works well with most of the dead being elderly and/or sick, as in a 'flu outbreak. I see the Taiwanese bloke who died had diabetes and Hep C, so he was a prime candidate. Also, as he presumable caught it from Chinese visitors, it will turn out that others have it as well, so even 0.5% may be overshooting.

Still, as I've noted, if it does go around the world, that kind of death rate will lead to millions of deaths and extreme pressure on health services.
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Oahu. If you didnt hear about our governor's missile button failure, I'm sure there are still a bunch of hillarious memes, reddit and youtube things on it

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2JHgm3s49Wk
I didn't know Oahu was that crowded. That missile alert mistake was frightening.

It's certainly a place at risk given all the ties to China.


Edited to add: My cousin lives on Oahu.
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US passengers from the cruise ship on their way home minus 40 infected. Number of cases on the ship > 300 >350. Clearly there is ongoing transmission of the virus. Those on the ship were essentially sitting ducks.

I don't understand how the cruise line company was that stupid to not recognize the risk to and from the crew. This is the modern world, people are supposed to understand the germ theory.

One UK citizen is complaining loudly that he's been left behind by his country.


Edited to correct cruise ship case numbers.
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This is the modern world, people are supposed to understand the germ theory.
Even inside the medical industry it's not completely understood, so why would a cruise line be expected to recognise a novel threat?
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Home or home to a quarantine?
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Home or home to a quarantine?
Home to quarantine for 14 more days as they should be.

But it must be a relief to not think you are at continual risk.
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Even inside the medical industry it's not completely understood, so why would a cruise line be expected to recognise a novel threat?
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Home to quarantine for 14 more days as they should be.

But it must be a relief to not think you are at continual risk.
I was thinking some meathead said "oh they must be fine, lets drop em off in waikiki to go cruising around"
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14 days might be enough. Also it might be not. In any case, it's 14 days after any contact with other possibly infected people. On the ship, everybody is basically on day 1 even today.
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There is talk of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics being cancelled.

This would be the second time the Tokyo Olympics has been cancelled, as the same happened to the 1940 Tokyo Olympics for some reason.
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Originally Posted by Skeptic Ginger View Post
US passengers from the cruise ship on their way home minus 40 infected. Number of cases on the ship > 300 >350. Clearly there is ongoing transmission of the virus. Those on the ship were essentially sitting ducks.

I don't understand how the cruise line company was that stupid to not recognize the risk to and from the crew. This is the modern world, people are supposed to understand the germ theory.

One UK citizen is complaining loudly that he's been left behind by his country.


Edited to correct cruise ship case numbers.
Done right: quarantine

Done wrong: incubator
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There is talk of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics being cancelled.
Where?

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There's talk the earth is flat, too.
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Originally Posted by Skeptic Ginger View Post
US passengers from the cruise ship on their way home minus 40 infected. Number of cases on the ship > 300 >350. Clearly there is ongoing transmission of the virus. Those on the ship were essentially sitting ducks.

I don't understand how the cruise line company was that stupid to not recognize the risk to and from the crew. This is the modern world, people are supposed to understand the germ theory.

One UK citizen is complaining loudly that he's been left behind by his country.


Edited to correct cruise ship case numbers.
I don't know if there is ongoing transmission. It could be because many of those being found are in early stages of the virus and are asymptomatic.

But, it seems that testing of the passengers is really slow.

Earlier on in this saga, the passengers had been complaining that the cruise line company had not been clear to them about what was happening on the ship.

The quarantine could have been too late.

I said before that the cruise line company has been doing a lot of PR to tell everyone that they would be refunded not just in full, but on top of the refunds, and also all costs for repatriation. It is my suspicion that they are trying to avoid being sued by offering some kind of pre-emptive compensation. Not sure how it works legally, though.
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Originally Posted by The Atheist View Post
Where?

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There's talk the earth is flat, too.
Thing is, situation in Japan is deteriorating quickly.

Check this: https://japantoday.com/category/nati...minister-warns

"Avoid crowds and non-essential gatherings" .. seems like bad advice during Olympics.
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Where?

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There's talk the earth is flat, too.
Nobody official is saying it, but there was discussion on the TV news and talking head programmes here about whether or not the Tokyo Olympics will go ahead. This was in the context of the upcoming Tokyo marathon (March 1st).
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Thing is, situation in Japan is deteriorating quickly.

Check this: https://japantoday.com/category/nati...minister-warns

"Avoid crowds and non-essential gatherings" .. seems like bad advice during Olympics.
Six months away, the other end of summer, when you'd expect a viral outbreak would fall away, so I don't think there's any question yet.

A major outbreak in Japan and it might be a different story.
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I don't know if there is ongoing transmission. It could be because many of those being found are in early stages of the virus and are asymptomatic.

But, it seems that testing of the passengers is really slow.

Earlier on in this saga, the passengers had been complaining that the cruise line company had not been clear to them about what was happening on the ship.

The quarantine could have been too late.

I said before that the cruise line company has been doing a lot of PR to tell everyone that they would be refunded not just in full, but on top of the refunds, and also all costs for repatriation. It is my suspicion that they are trying to avoid being sued by offering some kind of pre-emptive compensation. Not sure how it works legally, though.
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Down below, more than 1,000 crew members live and work elbow-to-elbow, preparing the passengers’ dishes and eating simple buffet-style meals together, with as many as four sharing a bathroom — and sharing the risk of possible infection from the coronavirus....

And according to employees, the infected crew members identified on Sunday had been eating in the mess hall alongside their co-workers.

It is not even clear how many people on the ship have the coronavirus because the authorities in Japan have only tested a fraction of all aboard, asserting they currently lack the resources to test them all.
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It's why I keep complaining the maths looks broken. Given the delay in symptoms after infections, and being infectious while asymptomatic, the numbers just don't add up. I have to wonder about the foecal/oral route of transmission.

If it is that, look out when it busts out in India!



It's really starting to bite here, and no doubt everywhere that's happy to take the renminbi until someone gets sick. Our tourism industry body reckons it will cost at least $500M.

The supply chain is now starting to falter, and the economic fallout will go on for some time, and it'll spread, just like the virus itself.



Fascinating and enlightening discussion, but aren't we on Covid-19 here?
What I worry about is the raw ingredients for many drugs are made in China, and we may start seeing shortages of pharmaceuticals especially antibiotics if China is more widely affected.

A radio piece I heard (NPR or BBC World News) a few days ago offered concern about seemingly more mundane shortages.

Surgical masks.

Half of the surgical masks in the world are made in China, and that supply may be interrupted if only from panic buying in China. The remainder may suffer the same fate elsewhere.

They interviewed a manufacturer of masks in Texas who foresaw the possibility that elective surgeries could be delayed in the U.S. if the supply of masks was too limited. He wasn't just talking through his hat. He had been making masks when the SARS outbreak happened. His company tried to open more manufacturing capacity to meet the demand, but then as soon as the panic passed all of that investment became superfluous, and they nearly went bankrupt.

It isn't likely many manufacturers would repeat such a mistake.
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