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  1. Perhaps in a pandemic some of the new PC rules can be put to one side?
  2. Next time when you can spare 5 minutes, just stand at the side of the road when its dark and look at front and rear lights on 20 cars, including number plate lights, you will be surprised how many have a light out or drving with front lights only etc
  3. Surely its just a matter that the more vaccinations and illnesses that you have had, it will build up your immune system to all manner of illnesses? COVID is just another cold virus, so if you have had the cold virus in the past year, perhaps it will help your immune system fight COVID.
  4. Perhaps a poorer country like South Africa would not cope as well with the virus, so it would spread faster?
  5. I did try to keep politics out of this. A study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, found that vaccine efficacy between the first and second doses was 52% So anything over 50% would mean vaccinating with one vaccine would be befeficial, although 2% over 50% is perhaps not worth the effort. But 2% if its 10 million people is a lot of people helped, perhaps other vaccines will be ready soon. https://www.bmj.com/content/371/bmj.m4826
  6. The Government is being urged to give as many people as possible an initial dose of a Covid vaccine - rather than preserving stocks so there is enough for second jabs. The numbers are "straightforward". You give one dose you get 91% [protection] you give two doses and you get 95% - you are only gaining 4% for giving the second dose
  7. The US is the only country not to have an explicit wage subsidy scheme in 2020. It does, however, have other schemes that are designed to encourage businesses to continue employing their staff. These policies – which we describe in the table – are structured as business loans or tax credits, which provide incentives for businesses not to lay workers off. https://www.instituteforgovernment.org.uk/coronavirus-support-workers-comparison In the United States, involuntary furloughs concerning federal government employees may be of a sudden and immediate nature. Such was the case in February 2010, when a single United States Senate objection prevented emergency funding measures from being implemented. As a result, 2,000 federal workers for the Department of Transportation were immediately furloughed as of March 1, 2010.
  8. In Germany and the United States furlough schemes have been used for decades in times of hardship.
  9. Perhaps we should be following expert medical advice? The UK government has been forced into using more ‘blunt instruments’ such as the tier system of separating people because preventative measures such as test and trace were taken out of the NHS where the specialists are, Sir David King has said. The chair of the Independent SAGE group spoke to Sky News about the latest measures, which will see Christmas ‘cancelled’ for large swathes of the country. But according to Sir David, had other pre-emptive action been successful such measures may never had been needed. https://www.thelondoneconomic.com/news/sir-david-king-no-one-talks-about-test-and-trace-system-anymore/22/12/?fbclid=IwAR3_LMXwLhRj-6AEqWbIGU1cmOwIDXx9b_ZFV66QTvgQfm2YYyNhi2lp2AQ
  10. I dont doubt some people still have some sympathy for him, but his approval rating has gone from 66% to 34% https://yougov.co.uk/topics/politics/trackers/boris-johnson-approval-rating
  11. If you Google that, the results are from late March this year. So perhaps only the die hard Boris voters would say that now. As we have seen from the USA, once people have voted in a leader, some choose not to accept their mistake.
  12. I dont think Boris realised that it could backfire, with the result being that the ports are closed and food shortages more likely. Thanks heavens for Brexit, Brexit meant there was operation 'stack' and the retailers were stocking up.
  13. Do you think that is proof that its more virulent and its not just like when we got the numbers down after the first wave, the numer of cases rose again. But that was because of more activity, not a new virus.
  14. I was reading that this new virus has been tested in the lab and its been shown to be 70% more infectious, NOT 70% more infectious in every dy life. Boris said the new virious was 70% more infectious, without any detail, did he do that deliberately to spread blame? The media are now blaming more COVID cases on this new virus, that may not be the case, we dont know.
  15. They over reacted when we had mad-cow disease too.
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