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  1. murphy

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    Don't worry, there isn't one. You just know that some people have searched and searched and searched for it and the best they can come up with is a mention here and there about what herd immunity means. There must be some very frustrated people out there!
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    We used to use ivermectin in wildlife rehab for foxes with mange. Quite a powerful drug though, you couldn't just give it to them straight away, you had to give them supportive care to build them up first to withstand the parasitic die off and because it was such a potent drug. I think it is better tolerated in humans though.
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    Release the Rumble. Down with posting limits!
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    Well it's kind of based on the assumption that Beijing recognises the need for change after this and that they might feel a touch contrite? Probably is wishful thinking.
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    That's great but the fact that they're lining the corridor with a guard of honour kind of suggests this is very much a rarity, as if, when you go into icu you're not likely to come out again?
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    I don't think a confrontational approach with China is wise. What if they were sanctioned into becoming a pariah state and at great cost to the west? They would form stronger alliances with genuine pariah states like Iran and N.Korea, maybe Russia and become the superpower of the bad guys. No we need co operation with Beijing but things have got to change in China.
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    Seems odd logic to insist that if you want to know government policy, please listen to non-government ex-ministers and ex-MPs first, but OK. It seems to me that Rory Burns is saying that there is disagreement among the scientific community regarding the approach. I imagine as part of their consultation herd immunity was put to the government, modelled and dismissed so I imagine that the government would agree with him. We may not have been putting in Draconian measures at that time that others were, but we are on a different timeline to those countries and the importance of staged interventions has been explained to us by the experts and also the reasons why. Find me the quote from the government that says we are pursuing herd immunity as our policy and stop hearing what you want to hear.
  8. murphy

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    I agree that China is responsible for a lot of ills in the world and these outbreaks keep happening from their region. I don't think that we can just isolate them or expect them to take any sanctions lying down, but the rest of the world must unite to apply pressure on China to mend their ways in many respects but in a manner of co operation with Beijing if at all possible.
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    Maybe there was some early complacency because previous outbreaks like SARS and MERS never really touched the west? Four SARS cases in the UK I believe and was successfully contained.
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    And this is in no way shaped by your well known and often expressed political leanings is it? Well Captain Hindsight, herd immunity was never the plan, we've been through that, it can be proven. The only evidence the herd immunity mob have is a discussion on This Morning when the Prime Minister mentions it as a theory. Despite hammering home measures, interventions and the plan to the contrary of this, every day for weeks. There's colourful graphs and everything. Pay attention. Unless of course you choose to believe that the evil tories want to kill our grandmas because it suits you to do so? Staged interventions were led by the science and the government's expert advisers. Going too early can be counter-productive and cause lockdown fatigue among the population when we actually need it to have maximum impact. If you have a problem with that, blame the experts. You know best of course. The government, quite rightly followed their advice, as would any other government of the day of any political leaning.
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    I keep reading this, but only in this thread. I though that mortality rate was at least 1% ? Flu has a mortality rate of 0.1%. I don't think we'll know til the dust settles, but I think that your estimate is optimistic.
  12. It is important to note that these crow attacks are limited, as I understand it, to the birth of lambs including the ewe in labour and couped ewes. A lamb is vulnerable at birth and for a short time until it is on it's feet. Mostly hill farmers suffer, but there is also afterbirth to distract crows and a fair mortality rate at birth which provides carrion for crows and farmers assume that they have been killed by the crow. A healthy lamb is not really a target for a crow I believe and most are born indoors. There is a lot of animals that have traits I dislike, magpies stealing eggs and young birds, sparrowhawks shredding birds alive, but a sparrowhawk has the right to be a sparrowhawk and a crow a crow. Crow's are highly intelligent, can recognise faces and they are nature's clean up squad for roadkill and even landfills. Put your gun away @Countryfox, crows are alright. It irritates me when farmers make claims about welfare. Every time I walk the dogs anywhere near sheep, so many are hobbling around and limping. The farmer clearly isn't that fussed about welfare.
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    I think that people, like me, are watching the figures with interest, hoping to see a plateau then a fall.
  14. murphy

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    Yeah, but that Roger Daltrey's full of shit.
  15. Ian Wilson. The forward line of that team is always remembered as Lynex, Lineker, Smith. They were great but so was Wilson on the left. Quality player just not as quick or flash as the others. That team should have achieved far more. edit - Mark Wallington is another that was probably underrated. Yes, I was an eightes child.
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    Whether you can or you can't, the point of the furloughing is to keep people at home to prevent the spread of the virus. Unless you can get a second job in an essential service, wouldn't it be against the whole point of the lockdown?
  17. gf made a cottage pie today. I had a left over cold mashed potato sandwich with salad cream. Nicer than you'd think.
  18. murphy

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    Tut. Ridiculous. Some people are just off their heads. It's obvious that this virus is extra-terrestrial in origin and the vanguard of an imminent alien invasion, as soon as we are all on our knees.
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    Perhaps it was a mistake to mention the herd immunity thing on This Morning, but the bigger mistake has been the malicious lies spread by people claiming that he advocated it as policy. One line has been clutched at and held onto for dear life despite the numerous times that he has talked about the interventions needed to flatten the curve. He has been relentlessly banging the same drum yet people choose to believe this because it suits them politically. Despicable in my opinion.
  20. murphy

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    I am very much like this. Prefer my own company and I love to take to the hills, just me and my dogs. Social occasions stress me the hell out. If we get invited for a meal with OHs parents or a wedding or a barbecue or something, it will stress me out for days beforehand and I'm pretty laid back generally. I read Chris Packham's book - Fingers In The Sparkle Jar and it is all about his life and struggles with Aspergers. I saw a lot myself in his story and every online test I've done since puts me borderline aspergers. Like him, I wouldn't change it though.
  21. murphy

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    For me, I'm finding the lockdown pretty easy so far. You have to keep busy. I've started a new veg plot and have a long list of stuff to do. It's going out that scares me, I had to go to the post office this morning and I planned it like a military exercise. Every day spent indoors without having to face the scary outside world feels like a little victory. I get that people are different and will handle this differently. I think it is worse when it is open ended with no release in sight but we absolutely need to do this.
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    Trump will be gone before the virus is, I think.
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    True, but I fear for the NHS frontline staff. I think that nurses and doctors will be coming down with PTSD. It's gonna be awful.
  24. murphy

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    I don't see any benefit in just blaming the Chinese or even punishing them somehow as others have suggested, but surely some kind of pressure needs to be applied for them to seriously look at their trade in exotic meats and traditional medicines. Perhaps as a silver lining to this, it might help some endangered species.
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    Do you think that the NHS should be run with routinely with spare capacity for tens of thousands? Or that they could magic up dozens of new hospitals since January? What a bizarre rant,
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