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On 28/11/2020 at 20:51, Longcol said:

It is fairly recently that there has been shown to be a link between vitamin d deficiency and hospitalisations due to covid.

 

https://www.pulsetoday.co.uk/news/clinical-areas/respiratory/more-than-80-of-hospitalised-covid-patients-have-vitamin-d-deficiency-study-suggests/

 

My dearly beloved first mentioned this (not the article but some preliminary findings) a couple of months ago and promptly bought us a years supply of vitamin d tablets.

I think the link has been known for donkeys years. We still don't know if vitamin D prevents disease though. Correlation is not causation. No harm in taking it in case, and anyway for other reasons we all should be taking it during Winter.

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Minister says scotch egg counts as 'substantial meal' under Tier 2 rules

https://f7td5.app.goo.gl/whbgQ7
 

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16 hours ago, Thirsty Relic said:

Funny how I remember each time the press interview someone very old and ask about longevity, 3 things come up - positivity, contact with other people and alcohol (usually a nip of something before bed).  I've never heard of Vitamin D, or any other vitamins.

 

Perhaps they should not only encourage more contact with others for the elderly (yes, I know plenty of charities etc encourage that), but also a dram at bedime.....

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vitamins-and-minerals/vitamin-d/

 

My dad's GP once told him that if he had a fever, paracetamol would bring his temperature down, but so would a pint of beer 😆

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Nina, who is a freelance producer, isn't sure yet if she'll be vaccinated in the future. But she thinks the amount of information around makes it harder to understand the science behind the vaccines.

 

"There are quite a lot of opinions flying around on Twitter, Instagram and TikTok. I think people are very easily influenced by that," she says.

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-55128817

 

Well turn to the 'adult' news channels then rather than ill informed / uninformed ignoramuses on social media. 

Edited by Baron99

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15 hours ago, Becky B said:

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vitamins-and-minerals/vitamin-d/

 

My dad's GP once told him that if he had a fever, paracetamol would bring his temperature down, but so would a pint of beer 😆

A rise in body temperature has been shown to:

  • Increase antibody production;
  • Enhance mobility and function of neutrophils and macrophages (kill bacteria);
  • Increase production of cytokines (assist with immune response);
  • Enhance T-lymphocyte activity (attack and destroy antigens);
  • Reduce serum iron (necessary for bacterial growth);
  • Inhibit some pathogens such as Streptococcus pneumoniae.  

https://www.nursingtimes.net/archive/does-giving-paracetamol-to-lower-raised-temperature-interfere-with-the-bodys-natural-defence-response-to-infection-08-01-2010/

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Quite a shocking news item about economic hardship in the pandemic on BBC News last night:

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-55133081

 

Shocking not only because a) the BBC have done something they haven't done for a long time; b) the despair was palpable. 

Edited by Mister M

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At last, the Pfizer vaccine has got official approval this morning.

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36 minutes ago, RiffRaff said:

At last, the Pfizer vaccine has got official approval this morning.

I thought front line staff would get it first but now they are saying the elderly  - unless i heard wrong ?

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RiffRaff

 

That's fantastic news.

Is that the one we will be getting?

 

Both Moderna's and Pfizer/BioNTech's vaccines require two doses separated by a couple of weeks.

Reactogenicity ( a term used by vaccineologists) is typically higher after a second dose, A very small percentage of volunteers had some side effects . The side effects mean the vaccine is working well .

 

I just hope the anti-vaxer  will not fuel vaccine hesitancy by exaggerating the side effects-that not everybody gets anyway.

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