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  1. A lot of league 1 and 2 clubs and conference clubs are teetering on the brink with the loss of income from gates. It doesn't look great on paper but it's using money in football to help preserve others in football. It's an absolute necessity. And the NHS gets a taste aswell.
  2. Agreed! Currently watching it for the 4th time it's so so good. I'm pleased cause I'm just finishing the slightly iffy 2nd season, then it's all pure gold after that. Probably my favourite Tele of all time.
  3. My wife is a nurse and honestly the whole profession knew at the time what a terrible idea it was and how many nurses it was going to cost the NHS. But the government ploughed on regardless, trying to save a few penny's more from an already criminally underfunded service. It's sadly a decision that will now cost the country billions.
  4. How recent were these adverts? I know a girl in her 2nd year of studying Nursing at birmingham, who has basically been drafted in to work on the frontline of this. Not only is it unpaid but because of the lack of a bursary she is basically paying for the privilege. They may have re-introduced it recently, I don't know but even if they did it will be 4 years till we see a significant increase in qualified nurses. And if they have re-introduced it, it basically shows the conservatives acknowledge what a stupid, short sighted idea it was in the first place.
  5. For me the government are just about doing ok. Yes there are some pretty big mistakes along the way but this is an extreme and unprecedented situation. The biggest and most glaring mistakes was stopping testing except to hospitalised cases. And 10 years of cuts to the NHS leaving us with one of the worst placed health services to cope in Europe. including scrapping the nursing bursary which has resulted in a huge shortfall in nurses for a tiny saving. This was of course Cameron, Osbourne and May with previous Tory governments. But most of this lot were part of those governments either as MPs or in cabinet so need to shoulder some of the blame.
  6. I named my cat Cambiasso after the great man. My wife bless her used to get some strange looks at the vets! Unfortunately the cat died a painful death some sort of liver failure. Fortunately the man will live for ever and one day manage us.
  7. Watched the English Game at the weekend. It was a good compromise with this missus. She got a period drama from the bloke who did Downton Abbey and I got a tiny football fix and interesting look into the history of football.
  8. Why are you amazed? I don't get this. I usually play 5 a side twice a week but that's out the window for months. So running is the only real exercise I can do. I also have much more time on my hands than normal and am couped in the house all day. Finally I am faced with a virus which has been proven to hit overweight and unfit people harder and be more dangerous to them. I am amazed there isn't more people out running myself. I mean why wouldn't you?
  9. World's 5th largest economy with less hospital beds per 1,000 people than most countries in Europe. Also less intensive care beds and less ventilators. No country can be truly ready for something like this to hit. But the ones who have invested in their health service in the last 10 years are more ready than ones who have made sustained cuts to health and social care. This is reflected in how countries have initially handled it Hence South Korea and Germany at the top and Spain and Italy near the bottom (above us).
  10. Hi Volepeazzuro, First off, my apologies in delaying a reply. Secondly, no offence taken, the maxim "Trust, but verify" is a great one for these times My points were based in fact. The 'Flu' jab that you, I or others might receive each season is a 'best guess' of the strain that will be the main version in that year's season. Scientists incubate the strains, then kill them and effectively inject the dead version into the patient to allow the body to recognise it as a virus and then build antibodies against it. It's a best guess, which is why in some seasons, we have a 'flare' because it's a different strain that dominates. It's a bit of a bugger's muddle. See here for a concise but informative way on how they choose (https://www.cdc.gov/flu/prevent/vaccine-selection.htm) TLDR; It's regional, so a Flu jab in the US will be different to the one in the UK, to the one in Japan.. and so on. And they have to do it 6 months in advance! To draw comparison with your link (very good btw), the virus has mutated 3 points from the origin - and that's just in that patient, so how many more times might it be mutated before we get to the point of being able to create a viable vaccine that as you say, covers many different mutations - the answer is I/we do not know. We need a lot more cases before we can be confident that that one vaccine will work against multiple strains. [side note] Not sure if you caught it, but an important point in the UK PM's update today was that secondary testing (those that have caught and beaten the virus) is now key because it will tell us: the infection rate; the survival rate; the amount of ppl that needed treatment vs how many could self-isolate... and will provide many more samples for testing against mutated strains. South Korea and Hong Kong took a very different approach to minimise the spread at the beginning of when they thought an infection may be coming. Both _could_ be valid and viable ways to deal with this threat and will be picked over in the years to come. With regards to the mutations, the problem we have is that pretty much all of the countries infected thus far have said that no vaccine is going to be available for at least a year - possibly 18 months depending upon how rigorous the testing is going to be. So, you are right that eventually ( I hope) there will be a vaccine, but not in the short to mid-term and that means mutations may have a significant part of play come this Autumn/Winter, especially to those that have self-isolated and managed to avoid the original strain. The one exception is the US who claim to be near to getting a vaccine (well Trump says so!), but I personally think this is more for political purposes than what will actually happen, especially given their previous mistakes in having a diagnostic test that failed miserably earlier this year. With regards to China especially. It is now very clear that they did too little too late, China had reports in November `19 and sat on them thinking they could contain their first wave - information for any second wave will be vital, but I would venture that it is not looking too promising for the Chinese authorities to be forthcoming on that. For Italy, it is perhaps a case of being unprepared and then trying to minimise spread 'once the horse has bolted'. I very much agree with you that a one-size does not fit all in this case, which is why although Europe is closing it's borders, but the messages coming out from each country are slightly different - some are enforcing shut-downs, others are recommending (appearing to be less authoritarian). The makeup of the population is also very important and perhaps why Italy is seeing more deaths due it having a greater percentage of more mature people, hence a higher death rate that those countries around it. You could also argue that Italy has been the 'canary in the coal mine' for Europe and other countries are now more prepared. The facts on the population makeup are out there for all to see, the time between China's first initial reports and when Wuhan went into lock-down is established, as is there ability to silence discussion around it. But don't take my word for it, use the most powerful tool that humans have created and find out for yourself instead of posting on FT Cognoscere nisi habeat fiduciam Wow an informative, non hysterical post on the Corona virus on foxestalk. Good post.
  11. this made me chuckle! This is pretty heavy ISIS style justice. Like cutting the hands of thieves or stoning adulterers to to death!
  12. In my humble non medical opinion the figure is a lot higher than 10,000. If it really is 10,000 which is such a low percentage of the UK population then it's a bit of a coincidence that the is 3 notable people with it (Arteta, Hudson Odi and the health minister). These people can facilitate testing the general public can't. Same in America with Tom Hanks and the Basketball player or the Canadian President. In my opinion loads more people have it or have had it with little or no symptoms which will be good news for the eventual mortality rate.
  13. its a respiratory virus passed on via germs in the air. if it is convid19 they probably passed it on sitting next to each other in the changing rooms or on the bikes together in the gym. a pre match hug would have made very little difference in my humble opinion.
  14. Sounds good is this a City quiz or a general quiz?
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