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Just now, Farmduck said:

Definitely be 7 billion deaths by now. All the fearmongering was definitely worth it.

That sounds a lot worse. So it sounds like they've done the right thing.

Build a man a fire, and he'll be warm for a day. Set a man on fire, and he'll be warm for the rest of his life. (Terry Pratchett)

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New sign just gone up in the supermarket, not jumping on the bandwagon or anything ...  " Domestos, kills all known germs and VIRUSES"

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On 30/01/2020 at 22:16, GUBRATS said:

Spoke to my brother in NZ this morning , he has a few good Chinese mates , they're telling him it's much worse than the Chinese government are letting on 

Ahem , cough , cough , bloody hell does that mean I've got it ??

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Blurry video of possible coronavirus person falling ill at Canary Wharf tube station.

Ireland v Italy in the Six Nations called off.

Build a man a fire, and he'll be warm for a day. Set a man on fire, and he'll be warm for the rest of his life. (Terry Pratchett)

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Some friends of mine got back from holiday in Italy at the weekend and are both now feeling ill. Apparently they're 'trying to get tested but whole system is currently in meltdown due to demand'. She is a doctor and they have self quarantined themselves. It will be interesting to see what happens over the next 2 weeks and their experiences. 

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This is the official government advice, it will be updated with any changes so look there for the latest advice.

Anything and everything else, from “it’s all rubbish scaremongering” to “it’s The Stand come true and I saw Randall Flagg!” should be treated as keyboard warrior speak.

 

"When in deadly danger, when beset by doubt; run in little circles, wave your arms and shout"

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Don't worry, in the US Trump has appointed Pence to head up his coronavirus task force

(He needs someone to do it as the department to deal with pandemics has been wiped out in cuts)

Don't worry - Pence doesn't believe that smoking harms humans, that all science is guff and belief in God will save us

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On 10/02/2020 at 16:39, Farmduck said:

The recovery rate is steadily climbing. Recoveries outnumber deaths now by about 3:6 to 1. A week ago it was only 2:1. Of course this is partly about the process. Once a case is confirmed, a person can die much faster than they can be officially recovered. And there is still only one death outside China which could mean a few different things. One option would be that other health systems are better at dealing with corona than China's.

The number of confirmed cases passed 20K on 3 Feb so, allowing a 14-day period without illness before a person can be classed as recovered, we may start to see a huge jump in recoveries.

And finally, to keep it in proportion, since the start of this year, 2,000 Australians have died from smoking. A corona death toll of 900 is still fairly minor. 30,000 people worldwide have died from malaria already this year, based on average death toll over the last few years.

 

You’re making dodgy comparisons. It’s the potential transmissibility of this flu that seems to have spooked people. The Spanish Flu had a death rate of around 3% and killed around 50 million people in one year because it was highly transmissible.

Now that Coronavirus is cutting lose outside of China we’ll really see what it can do. 

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On 26/02/2020 at 12:47, Boomer Bang Wool said:

Few weeks ago I heard talk that you should be worried once it hits Brazil. And now Brazil just confirmed it’s first case 

trump was told the virus had killed a brazilian he said" good god how many is a brazilian"

Through the fish-eyed lens of tear stained eyes
I can barely define the shape of this moment in time

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There's discussions on other threads about vaccines. Here's why the drug companies are being so over-optimistic theirs will work:

First to market gets a stranglehold on the market. They can then gouge the world at whatever price they see fit, all while PR pumping how evil the virus is and how they're the only ones who can fix it.

Profiteering.

Then rushing to it, in order to profiteer, is the major cause of complications, this is why the flu vaccine is so iffy and they can't quickly change course if they've got the wrong strain. Will it be properly clinically tested, or will the very first version that looks like it works just be thrown out to get that "first mover, now give us money" status?

It'd be nice if our government told us what it's doing and how it'll stop those two points.

"When in deadly danger, when beset by doubt; run in little circles, wave your arms and shout"

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