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Old 23rd February 2021, 03:43 PM   #1041
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So many contradictory studies...
The conundrum continues.
And some things just can't be double blinded. Like mask efficacy. Observational only.
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Old 23rd February 2021, 03:55 PM   #1042
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Very high, 60,000IUs daily for 8-10 days, doses of Vit. D. produced significant decreases in a large range of inflammatory markers.

https://icite.od.nih.gov/covid19/sea...manuscript.pdf
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Old 24th February 2021, 01:25 PM   #1043
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Efficacy and safety of Ivermectin and Hydroxychloroquine in patients with severe COVID-19. A randomized controlled trial

https://icite.od.nih.gov/covid19/sea...a3592939f0c7d0

Small double blind RCT study shows no benefit from either.
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Old 24th February 2021, 02:47 PM   #1044
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Ok, ladies, gentlemen, and non-binary people, put your bets on the NZ Covid Roulette!

We currently have a handful of cases - they're up to "I", so I'm picking there are 9 so far.

One case worked a shift at a McDonald's, another worked two shifts at a large department store, three were attending a high school. They are all infected with the UK strain.

Of people who may have been exposed, the earliest positive test they can do is tomorrow, so it would be fairly sensible to just tone down the mass events this weekend. Auckland - where all the cases are - has three events on the weekend that will attract crowds of 20,000+ people. (the fact that many Aucklanders will be attending other events nationwide is hardly worth mentioning)

Accordingly, we are about to play Covid roulette. There is a chance that several cases will be out and about at these events, potentially causing a superspreader event. Or even several.

We've been very lucky to date, but taking this risk is a step too far for my liking, and the liking of our top microbiologist: https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/300...1-expert-warns

I'll be keeping a very close eye on the data, but Aussie has already seen the light and shut the quarantine-free travel door.
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Old 24th February 2021, 02:54 PM   #1045
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Originally Posted by marting View Post
Very high, 60,000IUs daily for 8-10 days, doses of Vit. D. produced significant decreases in a large range of inflammatory markers.

https://icite.od.nih.gov/covid19/sea...manuscript.pdf
Small study, but compelling, especially when you add it to the Spanish study. The protocols and methods appear very sound, and really does call for a major study asap.

I think it's very near to case closed on the treatment. We should be doing it as standard.

I know my D levels are high as hell, spending hours a day in the sun. Helluva tan, too!
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Old 24th February 2021, 02:57 PM   #1046
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Originally Posted by The Atheist View Post
Ok, ladies, gentlemen, and non-binary people, put your bets on the NZ Covid Roulette!
You've got this. New Zealand has been one of the best, if not the best, countries in the world at containing this. You know how to handle it. You're going to be fine.

And when this is all over and travel is normalised, I'll come over and visit. That's a promise.
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Old 24th February 2021, 04:37 PM   #1047
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You've got this. New Zealand has been one of the best, if not the best, countries in the world at containing this. You know how to handle it. You're going to be fine.
That's the official position. If it were true, I doubt the experts would be so concerned.

Overall, we'll be fine, because we'll shut down any outbreak, but we could have ensured there wasn't one by not betting the weekend turns out ok.

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And when this is all over and travel is normalised, I'll come over and visit. That's a promise.
Good on ya - I'll buy you a coffee, or whatever tipple you're on then.
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Old 24th February 2021, 05:30 PM   #1048
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Meanwhile, in Tanzania...

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/...ess-conference

Yeah, he's fine.
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Old 24th February 2021, 09:21 PM   #1049
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Originally Posted by The Atheist View Post
Meanwhile, in Tanzania...

Condemnation as coughing Tanzanian minister gives news conference [Aljazeera]

Video of Finance Minister Philip Mpango, maskless and in a coughing fit, has been widely condemned.

Yeah, he's fine.
FTFY.
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Just caught the end of a TV special on Covid-19. Long covid seems to have some similarities with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (aka ME, or, more disparagingly, yuppie flu). People get exhausted by doing what were previously activities they achieved easily. That looks as though it will give legitimacy to CFS sufferers (many GPs have dismissed it as not a real disease), and extra research may find a cure, or at the least a better understanding of it, if it is similar to long Covid. The suspicion is that it may be something affecting the mitochondria in the cells.

The people most often affected by long Covid seem to be those who were fit and not badly affected, and who resumed their normal levels of activity quickly. The recommendation now is to take things easy if you're infected, even if you don't feel too bad.
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My GP friend tried to tell that to her daughter, a nurse who caught covid at work. Oh no, she was determined to go right back and do a double shift. She seems to have got away with it.
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Old Yesterday, 03:03 PM   #1052
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Originally Posted by zooterkin View Post
Just caught the end of a TV special on Covid-19.
I'm picking that's related to this: https://www.usnews.com/news/top-news...al-impacts-who

With the potential numbers growing quickly, this is going to be a problem for a lot of years, given the ages of the afflicted.
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Meanwhile, in Tanzania...

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/...ess-conference

Yeah, he's fine.
Quote:
Days after President John Mafuguli finally admitted Tanzania has a coronavirus problem, after months of apparent denial and increasing warnings of a resurgence in infections, the sight of the country’s finance minister coughing and gasping during a news conference to defend the state of his health has left many in shock.
Yeah, I mentioned what's happening there in another thread. Astounding.

Tanzania’s president admits country has COVID-19 problem

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The president of Tanzania has urged its citizens to take preventive measures against the coronavirus after downplaying the disease for months and claiming it had been defeated by prayers.
What, prayers don't work against viruses? Maybe they didn't pray hard enough or with the right rituals or to the right deity?
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What, prayers don't work against viruses? Maybe they didn't pray hard enough or with the right rituals or to the right deity?
Jesus, things must be pretty bad if he's changed his mind. I'd say the SA variant has arrived there, because the death of three Members of Parliament didn't move him about 9 months ago.
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In the USA Covid-19 cases declined nicely from Jan until about a week ago. People were starting to shout "Herd Immunity" in a redux of similar refrains from last summer. Then they stabilized and have even gone up slightly. Same with deaths. Interestingly, NY deaths and cases hadn't declined as much as most other states in spite of being a leading state with the most deaths where herd immunity should be a big factor.

Recent studies indicate a new variant that has increased in NY from 1% in Dec. to 5% in Jan. to over 20% in Feb. Not good.
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In the USA Covid-19 cases declined nicely from Jan until about a week ago. People were starting to shout "Herd Immunity" in a redux of similar refrains from last summer. Then they stabilized and have even gone up slightly. Same with deaths. Interestingly, NY deaths and cases hadn't declined as much as most other states in spite of being a leading state with the most deaths where herd immunity should be a big factor.

Recent studies indicate a new variant that has increased in NY from 1% in Dec. to 5% in Jan. to over 20% in Feb. Not good.
Yeah, I've just started seeing a few worried noises from experts.

Hopefully, most vulnerable people will have been vaccinated before it breaks out again.
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Originally Posted by zooterkin View Post
Just caught the end of a TV special on Covid-19. Long covid seems to have some similarities with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (aka ME, or, more disparagingly, yuppie flu). People get exhausted by doing what were previously activities they achieved easily. That looks as though it will give legitimacy to CFS sufferers (many GPs have dismissed it as not a real disease), and extra research may find a cure, or at the least a better understanding of it, if it is similar to long Covid. The suspicion is that it may be something affecting the mitochondria in the cells.

The people most often affected by long Covid seem to be those who were fit and not badly affected, and who resumed their normal levels of activity quickly. The recommendation now is to take things easy if you're infected, even if you don't feel too bad.
Seems relevant to me.

I can't run like I used to, and after having Covid in March 2020, I resumed running as before, and my abilities and energy have just dwindled and dwindled.

I've had my blood tested numerous times, and after sorting out iron, D, and zinc deficiencies, I'm still tired, and we can't get my sodium up.
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Major rise in public support for COVID vaccine – Oxford study

https://www.ox.ac.uk/news/2021-02-24...e-oxford-study

"More than three quarters of people in the UK now say they are ’very likely’ to have the vaccine – up from 50% among the same group of survey respondents five months ago –according to a two-wave Oxford University survey published today [February 24, 2021]."

The study:

https://rpubs.com/benwansell/729135
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Originally Posted by The Atheist View Post
I think we might have to re-consider the "Covid came from outer space" idea, because even with the new cluster contained in Auckland (and all restrictions lifted) the health ministry has no idea how the infection started.

No intermediate cases have been found and genomic testing shows no relationship to any virus identified here since December, which can't be where it came from.

Yet again, we're left with an unknown fomite transmission.
Maybe the virus has been in the population, but only giving mild or asymptomatic cases and then these new cases are more serious enough to be noticed.

For example, transmitted from family member to family members with tendencies to just be asymptomatic, or healthy community groups such as sporting clubs who have mild or no symptoms.

Just wondering.
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