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  1. Yeah, I thought that as well . . . surely torched her own future career as well. I would have assumed (especially around Manchester) that footballers are a fair chunk of the client base.
  2. Yes, but blandy, didn't you hear, the invitation went into somebody's spam folder, so it's nobody's fault really, is it?
  3. They'll conclude that the doctors and sunbathers of the UK have failed the real victims of the virus, the Conservative Party.
  4. First of all, this is quite twee . . . . . . but also, isn't 'playing the victim their favourite song' the kind of thing that suggests the patient is quite sick and not just 'remaining there as a precaution'?
  5. Okay, now *that's* an opinion you should feel bad about!
  6. I don't think anyone would disagree that it must be very stressful and exhausting for those involved in the government response, but of course it's also stressful and exhausting for frontline NHS workers, social care, supermarket staff etc etc. One big difference between a supermarket shelf-stacker for instance, and a government minister, is that the latter were aware when they took the job that there was a real chance they would have to work through a genuine crisis at some point. On the praise for the daily briefings, I would simply note that Boris was essentially forced into them, and that other national leaders were doing them well before. Boris was clearly not enthusiastic about them, and had lots of different people deputising for him even when he was well. So sure, it's a good thing that we have them, but you'll have to forgive me for not *applauding* as such.
  7. A large part of the problem is that different parts of the government are passing on different messages, including Public Health England being the absolute worst (they were responsible for 'of course you can book foreign holidays over Easter if you don't have any symptoms' on Newsnight in mid-March, and Sharon something-or-other saying that antigen and antibody tests for the public to purchase would be available for retail in 'days, not weeks' ten days ago, when it's now clear they are months away if they will ever in fact be available). At other times, Hancock and Whitty have had different things to say as well. Specifically on testing, whatever sympathy people have for the difficulty of obtaining reliable tests in the midst of a global pandemic when we don't have a way to produce them, needs to be tempered by reading the Reuters piece that @Awol posted last night, which reveals the government didn't contact universities or labs for their stockpiles of the necessary chemical reagent until mid-March, and didn't ask them to stay open, instead relying on one single laboratory in north London to provide all the results, which it couldn't do in a timely fashion. There was a point a week or two ago, and it may still be true for all I know, that we were sending tests to Germany because they could supply the results faster. We keep failing to meet the testing targets that the government is setting, and it seems clear to me the reason for that is that crucial time and institutional effort was lost during that disastrous ten days or two weeks when they became convinced that we'd already lost control, and that the only thing to do was to let the virus rip through the population and try to shelter the vulnerable as best as possible. We're still paying the consequences for that inertia now, and they need to be held accountable for it. The lack of testing has real consequences - we have no real idea of the R0, we don't know whether 2% of the population is or has been infected, or 5%, 10% or 20%, we have no real clue about anything except hospital admissions. This lack of information will hamper good decision-making about when to end the lockdown and how we can procede, and it will make the logical next stage of contact-tracing and testing almost impossible because again, we don't have the tests or the institutional set-up for it.
  8. Everything is coming up roses for Republicans in Wisconsin, where the Republican legislature and Republican-controlled state supreme court are insisting on going ahead with in-person voting in the elections today (it's the Democratic party primary and also for some elected judges); the virus has hit Milwaukee extremely hard (180 polling stations open normally, there are 5 open today), but has not hit rural areas anywhere near as hard, and Republicans are in seventh heaven as they rack up the votes in the countryside, while Dem-leaning Milwaukee has hardly any polling places and massive queues. This is now shaping up as a way Trump could win in November, when the threat from the virus is likely to be just as severe.
  9. Several media outlets have called on networks to stop showing these events live (and to instead air highlights if he actually says anything newsworthy), but so far they are refusing to do so. In the wake of the 2016 election, the guy in charge at CNN confessed that his network had helped Trump enormusly through the free media coverage it gave to his rallies; now he's determind to repeat the same mistake again.
  10. He comes back on here for the first time in years, demanding all these changes
  11. I don't think you should feel bad about that. I was talking with my mum last night about how relieved we are my grandad passed last year. With COPD and many decades of bronchitis, he'd never have made it through this, and thinking about him dying at home on his own makes me too emotional for words. It's not wrong for you to wish for a better way to go for your family members. Many thoughts for you and yours.
  12. Yes, there's a lot of truth to that, though I think slowing it down gives you more options than you've mentioned there - there's the vaccine at some point, there's therapeutics, there's the ability to do contact trace and testing etc. But your fundamental point that, until there's a vaccine, 'herd immunity' is the only way out of this is right. (As a side point, I hope one consequence of this virus is scientists rethinking the phrase 'herd immunity'. At least part of the negative reaction people have to it is that nobody likes being compared to cattle).
  13. A new report on ICU admissions in the UK came out in the last few days, and amongst the conclusions were these: Patients in the '50-69' category have a very slightly better than 50-50 shot of surviving from: https://twitter.com/jburnmurdoch/status/1247252077513977857
  14. Yeah, I don't think even 50% of the commenters on this thread thought it was just 'going to blow over'.
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