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COVID Catharsis Corner - reports from around the world from today, Sunday 21st of February.

- World: 111,161,924 confirmed cases and 2,462,141 confirmed deaths.

- World: Passes 111 million cases. We passed 110 million on Thursday meaning another million in the last 3/4 days.

- US: Fauci advises Masks may be required until 2022 however other measures may be able to be eased sooner as vaccines roll out.

- US: New York City has less than 1000 first-doses left due to delivery delays caused by extreme bad winter weather.

- UK: Announces target to have every adult in the country offered a dose of vaccine by July 31st. One third of adults have so far had at least one dose.

- UK: Medical Regulator launches investigation in to £30 million contract for test tubes which had been awarded to a company which had no history of making medical equipment, which happened to be run by the Health Secretaries ex-neighbor who before this ran a pub called the "Cock Inn"... The Health Secretary indicates he had nothing to do with the deal, however has recently been found guilty of not publishing details of deals public money was spent on within the required 30 days to make it all above board.

- UK: Having been found guilty of acting unlawfully in not publishing details of deals within 30 days Health Secretary states it was "the right thing to do" on TV interview:
"People can make up their own view about whether I should have told my team to stop buying PPE and spend the time bringing forward those transparency returns by just over a fortnight. Or whether I was right to buy the PPE and get it to the front line. You tell me that that is wrong. You can’t. And the reason you can’t is because it was the right thing to do. Legal cases about timings of transparency returns are completely second order compared to saving lives. There is no health secretary in history who would have taken the view that they needed to take people off the project of buying PPE in order to ensure that nine months later the Health Secretary didn’t have a slightly bumpy interview on the Marr programme. It is not what it is about, Andrew [Marr], it is about doing the right thing."
Critics note that it would be understandable if the Government didn't have an legion of office staff at its disposal called "The Civil Service" which has some quarter of a million+ staff at its disposal, and adding one more to that number to get the details published on time would not have been put of the question.

- WHO: Urgently requests Tanzania begins to report COVID cases, being one of the only countries on earth to not be providing this information. The country has downplayed the issue, refused to put in measures and even indicated it is COVID free, however a recent spate of Public Officials dying from something which appears to be very COVID-19ish seems to contradict that stance.

- Italy: Concerns are raised as infection rate appears to be raising again.

- Netherlands: Amsterdam, and police clear Lockdown protesters by force.


 
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COVID Catharsis Corner - reports from around the world from today, Monday 22nd of February:

- World: 111,606,254 confirmed cases and 2,470,466 confirmed deaths.

- US: CDC says teachers could play an important role in COVID infections in schools following research in the Georgia area "An investigation involving about 2,600 students and 700 staff members of a Georgia school district’s elementary schools showed nine clusters of Covid-19 cases involving 13 educators and 32 students at six elementary schools" following on from research in Michigan which suggested schools had a lower infection rate than their surrounding areas.

- UK: First results from vaccination data suggest a "spectacular" effect on serious illness, however it is cautioned that there are still over 18,000 sick in hospitals, almost as high as in the first wave in March.

- UK: Roadmap out of Lockdown 3 released, in difference to previous easing is very gradual with many disclaimers indicating if cases raise targets will push back or be cancelled.

- Australia: The crowd at the Australian Open boo when a speech mentioned the vaccine rollout, met with criticism around the globe.

- Slovakia: Claims highest current global death rate (relative to population).

- WHO: Sets up compensation scheme for anyone in 92 poorer countries should they suffer serious vaccine side effects caused by the Covax scheme "By providing a no-fault lump-sum compensation in full and final settlement of any claims, the COVAX programme aims to significantly reduce the need for recourse to the law courts, a potentially lengthy and costly process."

- Brazil: COVID-19 claims 89 year old last male member of the indigenous Juma tribe, leaving just his 3 daughters. "...the last male from the Juma people, a living memory of ancestral wisdom and a survivor of an attempt to wipe out his kind. The three daughters he leaves behind are now the only ones left from a people who counted on between 12,000 and 15,000 members in the 18th century."
 
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COVID Catharsis Corner - Reports from around the world from today, Tuesday 23rd of February:

- World: 111,890,818 confirmed cases and 2,478,717 confirmed deaths.

- US: Passes 500,000 deaths.

- UK: 1.1 million face masks found to not meet safety/technical criteria and are withdrawn by NHS.

- UK: Health Minister attempts to rewrite history by claiming there had never been a PPE shortage in the UK, having forgotten about the Royal Air force transport planes they sent to turkey to pick up tonnes of masks and gowns only to have to withdraw the supplies as they were not up to spec.

- EU: Tells Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Hungary and Sweden to lift boarder restrictions as it contravenes the blocs free movement agreement.

- Nigeria: Antibody testing suggests up to 4 million people in Lagos area may have already been infected - more than has been recorded for the whole of Africa.

- Lebanon: World Bank threatens to pull COVID funding as people skip the queue to be vaccinated.

- China: Lifts all lockdowns but retains some restrictions.

- Afghanistan: Begins vaccination program.

- Greece: Doctors in Athens protest and strike to highlight working conditions during the pandemic.

- WHO: Investigation into virus origins indicates China did little to investigate where it came from in the first months of the epidemic.

- Israel: To send "token amount" of surplus vaccines to other countries.
 
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So it may finally have happened, after a year of taking all precautions at work and home with daily sanitizing of vehicles and always using Clorox wipes or other sprays to clean anything I used or worked on, I may have gotten down with the sickness.

Rapid test said negative but also took a lab test and should hear back in a couple days. A few people at work I am close to got it and had symptoms on the day we all happen to be present on shift, talk about wrong place at the wrong time!

To celebrate this achievement in not feeling 100%, I give to you Richard Cheese!!!!!!!!!!!!

View: https://youtu.be/SB466XF6iGQ
 

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So it may finally have happened, after a year of taking all precautions at work and home with daily sanitizing of vehicles and always using Clorox wipes or other sprays to clean anything I used or worked on, I may have gotten down with the sickness.

Rapid test said negative but also took a lab test and should hear back in a couple days. A few people at work I am close to got it and had symptoms on the day we all happen to be present on shift, talk about wrong place at the wrong time!

To celebrate this achievement in not feeling 100%, I give to you Richard Cheese!!!!!!!!!!!!

View: https://youtu.be/SB466XF6iGQ
Thanks for sharing, what a strange limbo to be in - get better soon!
 

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COVID Catharsis Corner - Reports from around the world from today, Wednesday 24th of February:

- World: 112,401,304 confirmed cases and 2,492,105 confirmed deaths.

- World: Passes 112 million cases, we passed 111 on Sunday meaning another million in the last 3/4 days.

- World: Covax vaccine sharing program delivers first doses.

- US: To distribute 25 million masks across the country.

- UK: Persons on the Learning Disability Register prioritized for vaccination after a Radio presenter was offered treatment before their sister, who then contracted the virus and had to be admitted to hospital.

- EU: Commission President says the Bloc is catching up with the UK's vaccination drive.

- Hungary: Becomes first EU country to administer Chinese Sinopharm vaccine.

- Vaccines: Report suggests Johnson and Johnson single dose vaccine has between 66% to 85% efficiency at preventing moderate to severe COVID infection.

- Denmark: Health Minister indicates people infected with UK variant have a 60% higher chance of being admitted to hospital.

- Senegal: Begins vaccination program.

- Gwyneth Paltrow: Urged by the Medical Director of the NHS to stop spreading misinformation after she suggested Long COVID condition could be treated with holistic therapies such as fasting, herbal smoothies and infra-red saunas. "n the last few days I see Gwyneth Paltrow is unfortunately suffering from the effects of Covid. We wish her well, but some of the solutions she’s recommending are really not the solutions we’d recommend in the NHS."
 

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Any new information on the effectiveness of the vaccine yet? Can people still contract the virus, carry the virus with it? How important is the booster shot? Stuff like that. I read about the rollouts but havent looked hard enough to find the info id like to see.
 
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Any new information on the effectiveness of the vaccine yet? Can people still contract the virus, carry the virus with it? How important is the booster shot? Stuff like that. I read about the rollouts but havent looked hard enough to find the info id like to see.
Investigations are still ongoing and it depends on which vaccine, however for the top tier 2dose RNA vaccines it looks like high 70's% effectiveness with one shot and 95% with both, and Israel reports drops in transmission so it looks like if people are coming into contact with wild virus, the vaccines has trained their immune systems to kill it dead rather than manage the symptoms - Israel as far as I can work out took a deal with Pfizer to use their vaccine in return for test data like this.

The above is just what I picked up and can remember - there are a few news articles from a few days ago which have early info and data, here's one from off of the UK but it's early days, still a lot of and "suggests" and "indicates" but is a good report of the lay of the land right now:


The above link is from MSN - remeber MSN? Old Skool!
 

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COVID Catharsis Corner - Reports from around the world from today, Thursday 25th of February.

- World: 112,716,833 confirmed cases and 2,500,770 confirmed deaths.

- World: Passes two and a half million deaths.

- US: California passes 50,000 deaths.

- US: Regulator finds Johnson and Johnson vaccine safe and effective.

- Bahrain: First country to give Johnson and Johnson vaccine approval.

- UK: Threat level lowers as risk of hospitals being overwhelmed falls, Level 5 falls to Level 4. Restrictions remain in place as alert level 5 means there is real risk of system collapse. Level 4 still recognizes that the infection is active and out and about in the community.

- UK: Rail services warn travelers to get used to fewer trains as working-from-home expected to continue and permanently reduce demand.

- EU: Following on from high profile critasism of AstraZeneca from the European Union Commissioner, newspapers find 4 out of 5 Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccines not yet used in Europe: "Using data extracted from the European Centre for Disease Prevention Control (ECDC) and other official sources, it is estimated that 4,849,752 of the 6,134,707 doses distributed among the 27 member states have not yet been administered." The bad publicity earlier in the year appears to have shot the Bloc in the foot and hampered their countries ability to get citizens to accept the medication, with the leader of Germany saying “There is … currently an acceptance problem with the AstraZeneca vaccine, AstraZeneca is a reliable vaccine, effective and safe, approved by the European Medicines Agency and recommended in Germany up to the age of 65 years. All the authorities tell us that this vaccine can be trusted. As long as vaccines are as scarce as they are now, you cannot choose what to vaccinate with.”

- Hungary: Prime Minister indicates the country is “facing the hardest two weeks since the start of the pandemic”

- Israel: Data indicates Pfizer vaccine effective in all ages.

- Israel: Introduces a 3 day curfew to prevent groups meeting for religious festival “We can be happy, we can dress up, but we must observe the rules.”

- Ukraine: Begins vaccine program.

- China: Approves two more locally produced vaccines bringing the total available to 4.

- China: “China has never required US diplomatic staff stationed in China conduct anal swab tests.”
 
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Investigations are still ongoing and it depends on which vaccine, however for the top tier 2dose RNA vaccines it looks like high 70's% effectiveness with one shot and 95% with both, and Israel reports drops in transmission so it looks like if people are coming into contact with wild virus, the vaccines has trained their immune systems to kill it dead rather than manage the symptoms - Israel as far as I can work out took a deal with Pfizer to use their vaccine in return for test data like this.

The above is just what I picked up and can remember - there are a few news articles from a few days ago which have early info and data, here's one from off of the UK but it's early days, still a lot of and "suggests" and "indicates" but is a good report of the lay of the land right now:


The above link is from MSN - remeber MSN? Old Skool!

Thank you very much Sir. Ill forgive the MSN links since its you!

I haven't gotten mine yet, I'm still waiting for my Aunt to get hers. She's on some sort of list with her medical group to go and get one, but still hasnt gotten a call back as far as I know. I need to get it, and will. I need to get my flu shot also. I think I did read somewhere that you cant get both shots too close together, so ill ask about that when I get either one.


Anyways, keep up the outstanding work Mr. BobFace. The people of TEST appreciate your hard work and dedication to the mission.

I really do love that you're in here every day to give us updates, so thank you.
 

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Thank you very much Sir. Ill forgive the MSN links since its you!

I haven't gotten mine yet, I'm still waiting for my Aunt to get hers. She's on some sort of list with her medical group to go and get one, but still hasnt gotten a call back as far as I know. I need to get it, and will. I need to get my flu shot also. I think I did read somewhere that you cant get both shots too close together, so ill ask about that when I get either one.


Anyways, keep up the outstanding work Mr. BobFace. The people of TEST appreciate your hard work and dedication to the mission.

I really do love that you're in here every day to give us updates, so thank you.
Good to hear your close to being able to get one, and no problem on the Catharsis Corner, I'm only repeating what I'm seeing so all Glory to the journalists, if they didn't report it I wouldn't be able to parrot it 🙂
 
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Anyways, keep up the outstanding work Mr. BobFace. The people of TEST appreciate your hard work and dedication to the mission.

I really do love that you're in here every day to give us updates, so thank you.
You've hit the nail on the head. For me his updates have been a bit of a godsend. In my job we can get buried in the statistics and not see the forest for the trees. This is one of the parts of the forest I get to look at every now and then, but NaffNaff's updates keep me up to date.

Good to hear your close to being able to get one, and no problem on the Catharsis Corner, I'm only repeating what I'm seeing so all Glory to the journalists, if they didn't report it I wouldn't be able to parrot it 🙂
Shush, NaffNaff. You're a saint.
 

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You've hit the nail on the head. For me his updates have been a bit of a godsend. In my job we can get buried in the statistics and not see the forest for the trees. This is one of the parts of the forest I get to look at every now and then, but NaffNaff's updates keep me up to date.


Shush, NaffNaff. You're a saint.
You're both very kind, just don't rely on me for anything close to accuracy I am part of TEST for a reason 😅
 
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