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  1. There is no difference between this and any other clinical trial in terms of compensating study participants for their inconvenience and covering expenses. As petemcewan says, it's unethical to do otherwise.
  2. Yeah, just gotta get through it the best we can.
  3. It's not very honest is it? It's clearly not possible to stop virus particles circulating in that situation, should someone be carrying the infection, and I'm sorry your partner and others have to deal with this situation day in, day out. I don't know what the answer is, but I do think that claiming something is safe when it's simply impossible that it can be safe, is not getting us anywhere.
  4. Well, to some extent, until infection rates come down and the immunisation programme starts making an impact. Until then we ought to be more aware of/realistic about where the real transmission risks are. We've spent a long time obsessing about relatively inconsequential issues - how what counts as local exercise, whether or not you should be allowed to sit on a park bench. Earlier on in the pandemic we put the majority of focus on handwashing and surface transmission. Hopefully the message is finally getting through that the biggest risk is breathing the same air as an infected person, especially when you're in an enclosed, poorly ventilated space, even more so over a prolonged period.
  5. The term 'Covid safe' is, and always has been, a nonsense. 'Covid a bit safer' might be a better description. Covid is a respiratory disease, spread primarily through the air in droplets and aerosols. If you have a room, with people in it, who are breathing in and out, then you have transmission risk. Proximity and time spent in the room effects risk. You can mitigate to an extent with ventilation to get any virus filled air and replace it with fresh air. Wearing masks will have some limited effect. But really, pubs, schools, workplaces, anywhere people spend any kind of significant time indoors with other people, are always going to be a problem, no matter how many one way systems are put in place.
  6. Humberside Police, on the other hand are showing that when necessary they can think things through to reach sensible solutions. They have announced that they will not be taking draconian measures agains people travelling for exercise, but will speak to people they believe have stretched the guidance too far. No need for heavy handed tactics like other forces have tried, which has only made things worse. Travelling for exercise isn't a big issue after all.
  7. Absolutely. This obsession with how far can you go for a bike ride, what's local and what isn't, whether or not it's OK to drive somewhere to go for a walk - it's such a red herring. It takes the focus away from behaviours that really do constitute transmission risks. I also worry that if people think they might get into trouble meeting a friend for a walk, they might be more tempted to meet up indoors. Even people meeting in legitimate bubbles are better off doing this outdoors if they can.
  8. I agree. The trouble is, the popular press, in pursuit of clicks and comments will twist even the clearest, most carefully constructed messaging into a sensational headline, specially designed to raise expectations, dash hopes and whip up a good old furore.
  9. What is it you know about the Health Research Authority and Research Ethics Committee approval processes that the government has interfered with in this particular trial?
  10. The government hasn't had anything tested. The makers submit data from clinical trials to the regulatory authorities in each country they want to have the product licenced for use. The UK's regulatory agency (MHRA) will be the ones responsible for market authorisation here, and they haven't yet approved the Pfizer vaccine. Not all the required data is available yet, in any case.
  11. Lovely pictures Hillsbro. There's quite often a grim and grimey quality to places in pictures of this era, but I think in Hillsborough Corner's case, it definitely looks shabbier now, even with the improvement work on the bridge area. A lot to do with traffic I suppose, but there's also some pretty uninspiring later 20th century buildings which don't help.
  12. Ah, now it makes sense. Time hasn't been kind to Hillsborough Corner has it?
  13. Now you point it out I can. In my defence...small screen. 😀
  14. Great picture Hillsbro, but I'm damned if I can figure out which direction it's looking at! Hillsborough Corner has certainly changed a lot, I can't get my bearings at all! What does the tower in the middle of the picture belong to?
  15. What's unrealistic to me is how both characters seem to have had personality transplants. Now that Corrie has decided it wants a coersive control storyline they have had to pick a couple of characters to graft it onto. It's a common problem with soap plots - characters following plots rather than the other way round. Also, contrary to popular opinion, I think often plots are more believable if they allowed to develop more gradually. I'm sure that the Corrie of years ago would have had this one brewing over months, if not years. Now they've got to fill hours of TV per week, they need a huge story turnover. So we have ever more outlandish plots and diminishing returns. Still watch it though 😁
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