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    Corona Virus

    Sweden is carrying on with what was the UK’s original plan, it will be interesting to see how they get on. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-52076293
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    He wasn’t working directly on the covid unit. But he was an ENT consultant who examines noses and throats, and likely caught it from patients who were asymptomatic (or had inexplicably lost their sense of smell...) ENT and eye doctors (like the whistleblower Chinese Dr) were the first to succumb in Wuhan due to their proximity to asymptomatic carriers’ faces. He was one of two ENT consultants who were the first doctors to be intubated a number of weeks ago, before the community spread was anywhere near what they are now.
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    Corona Virus

    Most of those figures are from West Midlands who are probably not far behind London https://amp.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/26/west-midlands-emerges-as-a-hotspot-for-coronavirus-deaths
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    Our clinical cleans take about an hour at the moment, so not long. Although if the next patient is confirmed positive anyway, I suppose it might not even need a proper deep clean.
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    I imagine the only option is to drastically cut staffing ratios to probably something like 1:6. Accepting that each patient will get significantly suboptimal care, in order to get larger volumes of patients some form of treatment. And training up redeployed staff with no critical care experience to do the bits of jobs within the limits of their capability.
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    Corona Virus

    http://covid19icu.cl.cam.ac.uk/?fbclid=IwAR3ZxUdlXavagWxXu9RcYSXTGMBl_u6wiM9trRLeLURbA6VDQ4UuqUHM9H8
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    The same people who told the public that surgical masks are ineffective to protect themselves, are now telling NHS staff that surgical masks are all they need to protect themselves against confirmed cases. These are the blue rectangular ones, not the N95/FFP3 ones. Some places are even getting staff to sterilise and reuse one surgical mask. With proper full-on PPE, none of the 42k staff helping with Wuhan's second wave got infected. Whereas several UK doctors have already died, and numerous others infected. This is a massive issue.... https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(20)30727-3/fulltext
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    Corona Virus

    You mean the 0-17 age spike in Jan? Kids are generally far more susceptible to (and symptomatic with) seasonal influenza, compared to the coronavirus.
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    Corona Virus

    Looks like this is opening very soon, so hopefully take a load off the London hospitals temporarily
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    Corona Virus

    Still tracking Italy closely on this This lends support to the theory that the virus wasn’t circulating everywhere in Jan, just seasonal flu. When corona arrives, you notice it
  11. brucey

    Corona Virus

    That’s horrific. I heard they are now transferring patients out of London to distant hospitals elsewhere in the country, and that the Easter bank holidays have been cancelled for NHS staff in some places. I’m working Easter weekend, reckon the rest of the UK will be in a similar mess by then.
  12. brucey

    Corona Virus

    It would yeah, no one would be able to fit through their front doors. Enforced home isolation
  13. brucey

    Corona Virus

    Great in theory, but in reality the world is far more dependent on China than vice versa. All will be forgotten, plans to shift manufacturing locally shelved, and nothing much will change.
  14. brucey

    Corona Virus

    You die from the virus causing lung failure (ARDS) and/or heart inflammation (myocarditis). These issues are new problems caused directly from the virus attacking the body, or the body responding excessively to the virus. I'm sure that counts as dying from the virus... Year-on-year respiratory deaths have gone up significantly in Italy, in contrast to the graph above. https://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/this-is-very-important-from-italy-please-read
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