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Re: Year of the Rat fears over new Corona Virus

Postby charon on November 23rd, 2020, 2:25 pm 

Thanks, useful.
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Re: Year of the Rat fears over new Corona Virus

Postby TheVat on January 18th, 2021, 7:34 pm 

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/202 ... riant.html

Detailed article on how some mutations in a particular coronavirus lineage work in the spike proteins, helping the virus to infect human cells more easily. Cool graphics, which I found very helpful.
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Re: Year of the Rat fears over new Corona Virus

Postby toucana on February 15th, 2021, 12:21 pm 

My spouse and I both received our first stage COVID-19 vaccination shots within the last few days. All part of the 15,000,000 roll-out target the British government had set itself to achieve by 15 February - they were targeting the top four priority groups set out by the Joint Committe on Vaccination and Immunisation.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/feb/14/uk-hits-target-of-offering-first-covid-jab-to-four-most-vulnerable-groups

Although we both received our shots at the same vaccination centre, (a school hall in a road by the side of the Clifton Zoo), we were actually given different versions of the vaccine in different weeks. She received the Oxford Astrazenica version, while I received the Pfizer vaccine. It wasn’t entirely clear whether this was simply an artefact of the ever changing logistics of the vaccine supply chain, or whether there was some clinical fine tuning going on - I have heard that the Pfizer vaccine is not recommended for anyone with a history of acute allergies, and that anyone who carries an Epipen will be given the Astrazenica version instead.

In UK, the process of contacting patients and notifying them of their vaccination appointments is being handled via the NHS, and the local networks of GP doctors surgeries. Basically if you have an NHS card and number, and are currently registered with a local family practice, then you are already in the system. They already have your contact details, phone numbers and medical history online - One of the benefits of living in a country that has a centralised National Health Service.

The vaccination itself is simple. You turn up for your appointment at the vaccination centre, and identify yourself. You are handed a tick-box form pre-printed with your name and contact details which runs-down a list of possible contraindications that might preclude you from receiving the shot. Once the form is handed in, you are led to a table where the medic is preparing the shot. They normally perform an intramuscular injection in the shoulder of whichever arm you don’t normally use for writing.

If you receive the Pfizer version of the COVID-19 vaccine, you are then given a small digital timer device in a transparent ziplock bag, and sent to sit in a holding area for 15 minutes until the timer goes off. At which point you are free to leave. This apparently is a precautionary observation delay in case anyone who has just received a Pfizer shot collapses and goes into anaphylactic shock immediately after receiving it. They don’t follow this protocol when administering the Oxford Astrazenica vaccine because the risk of an allergic reaction is deemed to be much lower.

You are issued with a COVID-19 vaccination card with the details of your vaccination which you are supposed to carry with you in your wallet. At present UK policy is to recall all patients for their second shot three months after the first one. That at least was the advice given to me at the vaccination centre last week.
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Re: Year of the Rat fears over new Corona Virus

Postby toucana on April 20th, 2021, 11:37 am 

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Gaarder and his ‘Culture Barn’ in Hadeland

An outspoken Norwegian conspiracy theorist and COVID denier has died of the virus after holding two illegal protest gatherings in a barn at his home in Norway

https://metro.co.uk/2021/04/15/norway-covid-denier-dies-from-virus-after-hosting-illegal-gatherings-14415842/

Hans Kristian Gaarder died in the town of Gran, roughly 40 miles north of Oslo, on April 6, with subsequent tests showing he had coronavirus. A dozen other other guests have since been infected and passed the virus on to close contacts, the broadcaster NRK reported.

Gaarder was a high profile conspiracy theorist, appearing on TV and editing an online magazine. He frequently likened Covid-19 to the common cold and shared a number of Facebook posts which were flagged as containing ‘false information’.

In 2009, he and two others reported NRK and the country’s public health agency to the police for ‘engaging in extreme fear propaganda and lies regarding swine flu’.

In more recent online posts he speculated whether protective measures were really a means of “camouflaging that the Coronavirus does NOT spread from person to person.”

Identifying himself as an independent researcher of suppressed information, he reminded his followers to remember that the “lying and weak media’s job is to trick its readers into blindly and obediently being led into the mud by lying and weak politicians.”

Gaarder ignored his symptoms when he became ill, refused a COVID test, and denied having coronavirus until he expired.

Norway has had some of Europe’s lowest rates of infections and deaths during the pandemic, but imposed stricter measures after a rapid increase in hospitalisations in March triggered by more contagious variants of the coronavirus.

Gatherings have been banned in the municipality since March 16 in a bid to curb the spread.
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Re: Year of the Rat fears over new Corona Virus

Postby TheVat on April 20th, 2021, 4:12 pm 

Hans Kristian picked the wrong fairy tale.
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Re: Year of the Rat fears over new Corona Virus

Postby Mossling on April 20th, 2021, 8:27 pm 

toucana » April 21st, 2021, 12:37 am wrote:Image

Gaarder and his ‘Culture Barn’ in Hadeland

An outspoken Norwegian conspiracy theorist and COVID denier has died of the virus after holding two illegal protest gatherings in a barn at his home in Norway

https://metro.co.uk/2021/04/15/norway-covid-denier-dies-from-virus-after-hosting-illegal-gatherings-14415842/

From that article:
The conspiracy theorist, 60, had hosted two illegal gatherings at his barn just days earlier, on March 26 and 27, NRK reported. [...] The Gran Municipality confirmed the death of a man in his 60s on its website.

At age 60, he was hitting that key danger zone for covid mortality. Even for influenza and regular "common cold" coronaviruses he was pretty much running the gauntlet. By that age most humans will have reproduced and raised those offspring to reproductive age themselves, however, so it probably doesn't threaten any 'idiocy genes' or memes that such people are helping to proliferate...
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