Coronavirus

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Coronavirus - The Poll

  1. Not had test

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  2. Tested negative

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  3. Tested positive

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  1. Alolan Diglett

    Alolan Diglett TowersStreet Member

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    I had COVID back in January. This left me bed ridden for a couple of days. I had the hot cold flushes no sense of taste shakes headaches and aches but nothing too serious. Although it exhausted me and I continue to be easily exhausted even to today.
    I did though have my vaccine recently (AstraZenaca) and this was a wild experience. I had fever dream. I was adamant that there was a Leprechaun at my back door. He was knocking on the glass to keep me awake. At least three times I ran downstairs upon hearing the knocking with my phone to try and catch him on camera - I failed. Now days after it seems so silly that I believed this. needless to say I’m looking forward to dose number two.

    I think I’m happy to say in no way do I think the vaccine caused the hallucination merely the fever as a result of side effects did.

    I would encourage anyone and everyone to take up the vaccine. It was so efficiently run (Sheffield Arena) that despite there being hundreds lined up when I arrived I was through in less than twenty minutes. So little effort to save so many lives.
     
  2. Dave

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    In general people seem to have strong reactions to dose 1 if they already had Covid but the 2nd dose seems to be less eventful so hopefully you will be fine
     
  3. Thameslink Rail

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  4. Dave

    Dave TS Founding Member

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    Not really a surprise, the risk is small (smaller than taking the pill) but if there are alternatives why not offer them.
     
  5. Matt N

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    In a glimmer of positive news, it would appear that the government scientists’ modelling for the forecast “exit wave” has now been forecasted down to only predict 15,000 and 19,000 deaths between now and June 2022 as opposed to a previously forecast minimum of 30,000 deaths: https://apple.news/ABLXeFqWfT1SAIa7t2RcUhQ

    This is due to higher than expected vaccine uptake among priority groups, as well as higher than expected vaccine efficacy against transmission and severe disease.

    Certainly positive news, don’t you think?
     
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    There are risks to any medication so I personally don’t see what all the fuss is about blood clots, Aspirin and paracetamol can have bad side effects even.
    Personally I can’t wait until it’s my turn, I fancy my chances much better against getting blood clots than COVID.
     
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    Rather promisingly, it is thought that the number of people in Britain with COVID antibodies now sits at around 70%, meaning that the country will reach herd immunity within days: https://apple.news/AEydo5__qRxKwWAvzm6ctTw
     
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    Apparently female contraceptives have a far higher risk of blood clots than the vaccine.
     
  9. Matt N

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    On some positive COVID-related news, the case prevalence fell in all regions this week according to Public Health England’s COVID surveillance study, after a few weeks where it was starting to level off or increase in a few areas:

    https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/national-flu-and-covid-19-surveillance-reports

    Is it just me, or does it look as though the fall in case rates is starting to grow faster again, as opposed to continuing to slow?

    Certainly bodes well for the effect of future lockdown changes, nonetheless!
     
  10. Thameslink Rail

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    I'd say some of the decrease of cases is because of the decrease of tests while children are on holiday, when they come back to school we will have a better indication of case rates.
     
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  11. Craig

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    Yes there's definitely a bigger drop now. It's likely a combination of a few things. Increased lateral flow testing especially for education is identifying and isolating positive cases early before they spread. Then you've also got another vaccine related drop from the bumper numbers they were doing w/c 15th March. It's great to see the vaccine have such an effect on things, although the downside of this is that you're likely going to see things level off again in the next couple of weeks as the lower number of first doses comes into play. That said, with prevalence so low and the warmer weather I don't think it's going to be so much of an issue moving forward now anyway.
     
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    We’re still supposed to test over Easter, as far as I’m aware (well, I have been, anyway), so I don’t think that would have too much of an impact. I could be wrong, however...
    Honestly speaking; I don’t know about you, but with the vaccines having such an effect, combined with the lateral flow testing breaking those transmission chains, I honestly think that we could be past the worst of the COVID pandemic in Britain. Obviously we’re still not completely out of the woods, but I certainly don’t see it really profoundly spiking again (I’m talking the sort of levels we saw in January and at the peak of the first wave last April) any time in the near future, at least not in terms of hospitalisations and deaths, which are the key metric that the government uses to determine the level of restrictions placed upon society.

    I think presuming things is a dangerous game to play at the moment, but I’m feeling cautiously optimistic that the government’s roadmap will go to plan, and we could genuinely have near-normality by 21st June!
     
  13. Craig

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    I think in general I agree, we're past the worst of things at present. The main concern now is potential new variants, especially from countries where prevalence is still high as they're more likely to occur. Along with getting vaccines back on track (we're barely hitting 100k a day at the moment), it's crucial the government are careful and quick to act when new variants are identified to prevent the hard work so far being ruined.
     
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    In fairness, the government was very swift when the South Africa and Brazil variants arrived; the surge testing really does seem to be working, as the South Africa variant has only accounted for 469 total cases in the UK so far (since it was first identified in December), and the total number for the Brazil variant is even lower, in mere double figures.

    The government’s current plan has kept the E484K mutations from spreading out of control so far, so I’m optimistic.

    With regard to vaccines, the arrival of the Moderna doses next week should provide a welcome boost, and I don’t think it’ll be too long before the Janssen and Novavax jabs come online. And there are also still doses of Pfizer coming in.
     
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    France is a slight concern when it comes to new variants. It was being reported a week or so ago that roughly 10% of cases in France are now the SA variant. Their new lockdown will hopefully get on top of that but seeing as France is the gateway to Europe for the UK that has to be a concern.
     
  16. Craig

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    Yup I think whilst we've generally stayed on top of new variants, we've still had a relatively large number of people coming into the country where there is a fairly large prevalence of variants. It's a difficult subject to approach, particularly when it comes to France where delays in hauliers arriving could create issues for manufacturing and for produce on the shelves. My concern is the government either do not act or are late to act on that, as we have seen previously. It's a difficult balancing act, and we seem to be ok so far and I hope that continues.
     
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    Out of interest, do we know if the death of Prince Philip will affect the easing of restrictions on Monday, as part of some kind of national mourning period meaning that things have to remain closed when a member of the royal family dies?

    Or did I imagine that?
     
  18. Craig

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    Imagining it on that front, although you're probably likening it to other countries who may require it. We've don't mandate businesses to close in the event of a royal family member's death, so there'll be no. We'd likely have an extra bank holiday for the likes of The Queen passing, but certainly nothing that would require places to close. So no changes as a result of today's news.
     
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    The main thing that made me think that it might get delayed was because Boris Johnson has apparently cancelled his planned “cautious but irreversible pint” at a newly-reopened pub, but it turns out that this is only because ministerial visits are being cancelled: https://apple.news/AGV3yZRIhSuSP6XVedRU1FQ

    Stage 2 of the lockdown easing roadmap will still be progressing as planned on 12th April.
     
  20. AT86

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    Irreversible.

    But seemingly reversible after all.
     
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