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  1. Onewheeldave. You raise some interesting points. It was bound to happen. I said in an earlier post that the social fabric will come under increasing pressure. Will these emergency powers ever be removed? The Imperial College Report suggest that if the measures for virus suppression are removed too quickly the virus will Rebound. Consequently the emergency measures may be in place for 18 months-or even more. One must always be vigilant regarding the intrusion of the State into ones personal liberty. Now the agencies of the State have carte blanche to implement measures that infringe personal liberty. I watched a video,where a youth kicked the post man's van after the youth was told to go home. The longer the measures go on the greater will be the tension between the police /army and the public. I fear that the crisis will never be over.Every year there will be a viral pandemic threatening, and emergency measures put into place. Personal freedom to act in accordance with ones conscience will never be restored. We can build space stations and send rockets to the edge of the Solar System. But an object that isn't even biologically classed as alive; can challenge us and bring the global economy to its knees and curtail our personal liberty. I observe the rules but have an eye on the psycho authoritarians, who will surely come out of the woodwork. Science needs to up its game in the war against bacteria and viruses. Pestilence may very well bring about our extinction. God knows what horrible nasty bacteria and viruses might be released as the Arctic permafrost melts .
  2. Onewheeldave, Will do. I have friends who are severely disabled. "Temporary measures" my ar.. ! Take care.
  3. We can build space stations and send probes to the edge of the Solar System.But a microscopic particle ,that isn't even classed as biologically alive, can bring the world to the edge of economic ruin . If the human race is to survive, science needs to up its game in the war against viruses and antibiotic resistant bacteria.If we don't get ahead ,well, you can figure that out. God knows what "nasty" organisms are going to be released by the Arctic melting permafrost. Lets hope that if one contracts CoVid-19 ,then antibody immunity is established. The following is worth knowing. Images 25 March Coronavirus antibody test could be available within days The UK government has ordered more than 3 million finger prick antibody tests that could be ready in a matter of days. The tests could reveal whether someone had covid-19, but they are being checked first to show that they work properly. It is also still not known whether it’s possible to develop long-lasting immunity to the coronavirus. Read more: https://www.newscientist.com/article/2237475-coronavirus-latest-news-covid-19-antibody-test-ready-in-days/#ixzz6HsP1BItO Refer to Antibody Test 25th March. It needs to be brought into use ASAP. Who will be able to get the test is pause for thought. NB: The Antibody Test sensitivity needs to be finely tuned so it is an accurate diagnostic tool. I'll take this opportunity to wish all the Forum a healthy journey through this difficult time.
  4. Boris mentioned on radio an Antibody Test. Anybody know when that will be brought into use? What is the delay ? It's imperative that we get tested by it. The tactic of "Suppression" (Imperial College Report) is driving a wedge between the healthy and those most at risk of dying from the infection. I've already overheard some young people saying, "Why should I have to put up with all this isolation and distancing just to save some old farts". Social distancing cannot go on indefinitely. The Imperial College Report says, that by lifting the Suppression approach will allow the virus to rebound So how long must the Suppression tactic be in place? It all looks rather long term to me-at least 18 months. The conditions that make up a liberal democracy are being severely tested.
  5. Halibut, To believe anything nowadays is almost a quaint way of being.
  6. CRS: "It is believed that cytokine storms were responsible for the disproportionate number of healthy young adult deaths during the 1918 influenza pandemic, which killed 50 to 100 million people.[16] In this case, a healthy immune system may have been a liability rather than an asset. Preliminary research results from Taiwan also indicated this as the probable reason for many deaths In the 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic, a number of deaths due to COVID-19 have been attributable to cytokine release storms.[22][23][24]" Source:Wiki. If the CRS can be brought under control there has to be hope that the person will not die. It's ironic and a cruel twist by Mother Nature that a healthy immune system can be your downfall .
  7. Captain Swing, That Imperial College report makes scary reading. Suppression means a continuous programme of government intervention in the way we conduct our life. The crisis may never be over. I ventured out in my isolation-O-mobile . I observed from the safety of my car. The people on the street were the young-exercising their prerogative of, "If I get it I won't die-whatever ". The Suppression methods with social distancing right across the age spectrum might be rejected by the young. "It inconvenient and doesn't affect me. So I won't do it". The social fabric is stretched and may tear apart.
  8. Albert the Cat. It is puzzling that the testing is so inadequate.People are suggesting even more stringent measures- that boarder on the realm of turning the land into that found in cheap science fiction novel. I'm asthmatic and had to stand in line at the chemist to get my meds. I do hope the chemist does not run out of Ventolin. We all stood in line and not 6ft apart.I suppose the chemist could have let us in one at a time-but that didn't happen. The Antibody Test will make a huge difference.Those testing negative will be able to go back to work ,drive buses and trains,delivery vans and work in the warehouse. Damn well hurry up is what I urge.
  9. Get the Anti-body Test up and running and a degree of normality will return Are the delivery lines to Supermarkets,Pharmacy and corner shops disrupted ?
  10. Bob , My partner and I took out Enduring Power of Attorney for each other.(Health and Wealth.) You need a Solicitor to do it for you. If my memory serves me correctly it wasn't massively expensive.
  11. a Captain Swing, You are absolutely correct . I subscribe to Prima Facie Duty Ethics. To treat all citizens as having equal worth. Avoids the troublesome happiness and unhappiness states of being.
  12. Albert The Cat. My apologise for the large type-it just happened. Every individual counts as having equal value . Consequently, ethically one cannot sacrifice another in order to secure our well -being. Utilitarianism is the brainchild of J.S Mill and J.Bentham To sacrifice the elderly for the well- being of the rest of society, is to treat them inhumanely and to strip them of their right to life.Such actions are unjust. What is wrong with Utilitarianism.. “ It is wrong to punish an innocent person, because it violates his rights and is unjust. But for the utilitarian, all that matters is the net gain of happiness. If the happiness of the many is increased enough, it can justify making one (or a few) miserable in service of the rest. Utilitarianism requires that one commit unjust actions in certain situations, and because of this it is fundamentally flawed. Some things ought never to be done, regardless of the positive consequences that may ensue.” Source: Psychology Today. https://www.psychologytoday.com/gb/blog/ethics-everyone/201506/whats-wrong-utilitarianism
  13. Some encouraging news . https://www.evaluate.com/vantage/articles/news/corporate-strategy/covid-19-treatment-plan-slowly-emerges NB: leronlinmab is a dead end. Not everybody carries the CCR5 gene.
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