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  1. You don't have to have a team full of superstars to win the league, if you weren't there, Leicester did precisely that. In any case, what's that got to do with anything? This post at one point was discussing peoples views on past and more recent Leicester goalkeepers and, just in my opinion, when compared to Shilton or Banks, my personal opinion is that Schmeichel, who has been a great servant to us is distinctly average. You may disagree, its allowed, its a forum, its what forums are for. 🤣
  2. 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 Thank you, very good post. It's a very complex issue for the experts let alone me. It is also why I have a certain sympathy with any government of the day because I would doubt that the average minister, or member of parliament of parliament would likewise have much more of a clue either. They have to trust 'experts', yet we know that experts can disagree but, at some stage, someone has to nail their colours to a particular set of experts mast taking into account a host of issues, health and socio-economic, both for now and the future. Unless you're in the inner sanctum, nobody is going to know the full decision making process. Some nasty decisions will have to be made whatever people think and whatever their political views. It is very easy for people to say we should have been in lock down sooner or some to say wait even longer but I would suggest that timing is being measured to the endth degree and not on a whim as the landscape changes quite rapidly. People quite understandably always want transparency and want to know everything that's going on and the full decision making process. Unfortunately that can never be for things like this and national security.
  3. Shilton Banks Wallington Flowers Schmeichel Poole Keller Walker Schmeichel has been a great servant to us but isn't even on the same page as the first two who were all round world class goalkeepers and in fairness, not many others compare to those two either. Schmeichel is a brilliant shot stopper but there are other areas of his goalkeeping that are decidedly poor. All in all at best, he's just a very average goalkeeper imo and way behind Wallington and Flowers as well.
  4. A really interesting read. Rodgers record in the transfer market could at best be described as sketchy, but no manager ever has never made any mistakes in fairness. There is the odd absolute gem in there but amongst a majority of dross. He wasn't sacked without good reason. Some of them have also come through and possibly benefited more from having Klopp as a coach as opposed to Rodgers. His transfer record at Celtic is perhaps on the surface even more sketchy but our resident Celtic fan 'Henrik' would be a far better and knowledgeable person to comment on his record there than me. Rodgers inherited a fairly decent squad at Liverpool and the pairing of Sturridge with Suarez was excellent. It would appear however that when the former left and Rodgers signings took hold, it didn't take long to go downhill. Rodgers has inherited a very decent squad of players here too which would no doubt have been a big factor in his coming. Let's hope he doesn't muff it up with a number of Perez type signings reminiscent of his Liverpool forays into the transfer market. The addition of Congerton into the equation is hardly inspiring. He's had time to learn many lessons if he's not too arrogant to learn.
  5. How many seasons in the Premiership does he need? He's not just flown over from Senegal!
  6. Agreed, and neither will he be up against such poor opposition. I just hope that when some flaws are revealed in his game when playing against a quality winger or midfield, that people are as equally as patient with him and recognise that he is still learning his trade. Even Chilwell is still learning but some people appear to have forgotten that.
  7. Is what you've written based on fact, fiction or as a result of your own thought process? If that sounds like a criticism it's not meant to be because we all, including me are guilty of the same. We simply regurgitate the last bit of what we deem to be credible information that we heard. My understanding is that the mutation of viruses is not quite as you put it, yes they do mutate continually but it doesn't necessarily mean that they can't be successfully vaccinated against. Proof in the pudding is the current vaccination for seasonal flue that is available. It covers 'many flus' not separately, but more by addressing certain similar weaknesses or flaws in each flus genetic makeup. It's a very complex area of research and academia far beyond me and the average FT contributor Iwould suggest, hence we have to try and put our trust in those people who do know and rely on them to get us through this. What may seem a logical and common sense approah to us, based on what we believe we know, even whilst looking at others countries management of their situation is inherently flawed. I don't believe a 'one size fits all' response is always going to be right as this things passes round the world for a variety of medical, social, cultural and management reasons. https://www.scidev.net/global/disease/news/coronavirus-mutations-no-cause-for-alarm.html?__cf_chl_jschl_tk__=c44c29c0f54ad407fe7b512749fe8b99155a4727-1584267414-0-ARSQGGJVfxO2aTrtoNkpf4HIptBl-qS7d0_gDN4NWwFxnON7SXgFdi8IMy3xlmSBvJUp5C3Hy3qdMea4FxAOqfgm0_QdsZuk_1wpyPtbIv7iGjoKbDzvltEoHiEN2adfKl0X0Fa1Lbi9cX4FelpfQ4vvNOh2sJZ2Us-paSEU2gQVuyrDvY8x6kKqWtN-LSKLfiAoYwis_1YxRkU1Juil6cA5nKfYfPb9A8iqXVWgoaw13Zb5-PzqkDWLxO4XI62k8ILwE_m3QAKBoNOt7-nne4kU9Zj0h-jESY52A-AQ1Jda-ow26I6Bl-VgyRH24qmizkZmhhlZnwQIVx2ibANskdyIbV_N1_5hBggUraHekSEr
  8. Absolutely and it gives the NHS more chance of affording more treatment, to more people, over a sustained period of time rather than the nightmare scenario of being completely overwhelmed in one go and having to prioritise and turn people away.
  9. Fantastic, we were good at the start of the season, we might beat Liverpool too the title 😁
  10. I don't think they are. I do think however that such top scientists from different countries are in constant contact with each other regarding infection rates, quarantine effectiveness, treatments etc as it progresses round the world. We are now a few weeks on from the initial outbreak in China and possibly 2 or 3 weeks behind Italy in some terms. Certain lessons will have been learned, both good and bad together with each countries differing health service caperbilities. Herd immunity strategies may also be a differing factor as the infection migrates through different countries necessitating possible different approaches country by country as it hits them. I don't think it's as simple as a one size fits all problem. The fact is it's highly contaguous and many people will contract it regardless of government intervention, its a matter of how they can best mitigate the consequences and manage an already over burdened health service in this country, but that's another issue.
  11. Looks like Amish farmer meets boy going to a bad taste fancy dress party.
  12. You too and all FT folks. We all disagree at times but we're all City supporters with a mutual interest. Stay safe friends!
  13. Whilst this is of course very true, if we are being encouraged to not even shake hands, then surely the closer and more physical contact between players inherent in any football match has also got to be questionable. How many players cough and spit during a game who then go on to touch their faces for example? As Rodgers said in his Sky interview, these things are a matter of health and players have family and children. To those having tests I hope they come back negative and wish the very best for them. Health is more important than football.
  14. Just personally speaking I agree with the majority of those cancellations. I personally always care far more about Leicester City than ever I do about the Euros, World Cups or any international football. By cancelling those events and albeit delayed, it would allow the domestic football season to be extended somewhat and fairly decide the various outcomes if it becomes necessary. If Liverpool were to be handed the title now, I think most reasonably minded people would accept it because they are so far ahead. However, European and relegation places are all to play for. Could you imagine the melt down if the biased powers that be decided to have a 2nd to 8th place play off competition so their beloved Man Utd and Spurs stood a better chance of qualifying! The relegation issue too is also worth millions and in some cases have huge consequences to the future of some clubs. Domestic football for me personally is of the utmost priority against any other form.
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