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  1. So the scientists finding viable virus on the surfaces in cruise ship cabins 17 days after all of the humans have left is bunkum too? That's widely reported this week. If aerosols don't happen and surface transmission doesn't happen then how does it get passed from person to person (assuming that not everybody is snogging everybody else ans sharing body fluids that way)?
  2. If anybody fancies terrifying themselves with the numbers of this pandemic, broken down to show quite how badly the UK is doing, and you're on Twitter, can I recommend following John Burn-Murdoch, who is a statistician who works for the Financial Times? He's on @jburnmurdoch and his analysis, along with the Johns Hopkins university Coronavirus resource centre, are the sources of checked absolute numbers, and comparative stats that show how well, or how badly, each area and country is suppressing the virus.
  3. You're misinterpreting what was being claimed. Of course if you're immune you can't pass it on to healthy people in the traditional 'I sneeze on you so you get ill' way, but you can still have clothes that are covered in virus, or skin that has picked up virus from a surface somewhere that you then spread to someone else!
  4. I think you may be misinterpreting what is meant by being immune but still passing a virus on. If you're immune you won't be carrying it in your body, but if you happen to be coughed on or sneezed near by someone with the virus you could still be covered in viable viruses. The single most terrifying (to me) fact that has come out of research into the virus was that scientists entering the first cruise ship that had been quarantined (the Diamond Princess?) off the coast of Japan found viable virus in rooms that had been sealed for 17 days. How on earth you're meant to not contaminate anybody if it lives that long is beyond me (and I've got pretty good aseptic technique because I did microbiology at university).
  5. A good wash with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds and getting into all of the crevices, followed by a rinse in running water and drying on a clean towel is the best way to keep the number of viruses on your hands down, but if you have to go out it's just not possible to wash your hands every few minutes. This is when alcohol hand sanitiser is needed. If you can't find any hand sanitiser to buy, here is how to make your own. To be effective, the end product needs to have at least 60% alcohol content, which means that most vodka and spirits will NOT work, as they are only 37-40% alcohol. What you need is something like isopropyl alcohol AKA rubbing alcohol AKA surgical spirits. In an ideal world you will add a little glycerol/glycerine/aloe vera and maybe a little hydrogen peroxide, but the isopropyl will work all by itself. Just get a little spray bottle that you can carry round with you and soak your hands, including under your nails, rub it in and let it evaporate. In the absence of hand sanitiser anywhere I looked, I bought all of the above from Ebay in the last week. It's important to remember that alcohol hand gel is VERY flammable, so take care with it, and it's not the sort of alcohol to drink either. Contrary to some alarmist information I've seen however, hand sanitiser does NOT usually contain antifreeze. As a chemist, I understand that ethylene glycol may look similar to ethanol and glycerol, but trust me, they are really not the same thing.
  6. With the exception of a bag of cat litter for a friend and a bag of bread flour (just in case) my shopping will be arriving today with exactly the same things as we buy every week later on today. If there are deeper shortages later on, we'll deal with that later on (and probably lose weight too).
  7. As @andyofborg said, that's why you include fruit juice, which is packed with fructose, a sugar that gets into your bloodstream even faster than glucose or dextrose and many times faster than sucrose. I'm a biochemist, I don't miss things like that
  8. If you have some fruit juice and some salt, making your own rehydration salts is quite simple. Mix orange juice (or other fruit juice of your choice) half and half with water and then mix in half a flat teaspoon (2.5ml) per litre of salt, stirring well. Sip plenty throughout the day, storing the jug in the fridge between fill ups to keep it in good condition. If you happen to have any bananas, eat some of one of those too, as they are a fabulous source of potassium. Other sources of potassium include oranges, sweet potatoes, melon, apricots and dried fruit, if you can stand to try any of these.
  9. I have always driven company or leased cars, where the option to do things like that is absent. Annual services and actual breakdowns only I'm afraid.
  10. The last time I listened to anything on tape I also had a big separates system with an enormous pair of bass bins in the cellar to make the floor shake. I'm not sure whether the technology has moved on, or I've just got old instead. In these days when my entire music collection fits on a tiny chip, it's been years since I've even handled a CD, let alone wound a tape. Any thoughts of nostalgia are lost as soon as I remember tapes getting chewed up by the tape deck in the car and the billowing clouds of loose tape at random intervals (often when trying to change tapes on a motorway, I seem to remember!).
  11. 99% of users know which rules their posts broke before they are removed, and for those that don't. we have the Helpdesk. If we had to do an individual PM for each post removed then that would just result in an argument for every single post removed, and an awful lot of moderating work. Many posts that are removed when it isn't clear why, either quote or answer a post removed for a rule break, for instance. Or like this thread, they contain lovely digs at the moderating team which I'm not prepared to allow to continue. Closing.
  12. I have tinnitus so I don't do silence. Wherever I go there is some form of music or a podcast or radio happening, and all unpleasant jobs are a little bit easier with happy music playing. My house has a network of connected speakers which can all play properly synchronised from the same CD, listen to DAB radio or stream from my phone, a memory stick or the internet- or they can all do different things if you want them to. Mostly I control what they are doing from my phone as I'm doing my stuff. Sometimes I just have background disturbance so the house isn't silent, but most of the time I'm singing along as I do stuff. I'd much rather have music than the TV, and my OH has got quite used to me turning the TV off every time the option is left to me.
  13. I think that's quite enough slinging insults for tonight. I don't suggest continuing the concept onto other threads if you fancy having an account to come back to in the morning.
  14. And until very recently if you were operating a Canadian fishing boat it was law that you had to have a Newfoundland dog on board to leap in to save any of the staff that may fall overboard. However, neither of these scenarios apply to driving in the UK in 2019, do they?
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