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Re: Coronavirus thread- please don't start a new one here.

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Postby simoan » March 26th, 2020, 9:55 pm

Bouleversee wrote:I've had enough scares for one day, thanks. I was just about to take my coffee and newspaper into the conservatory after my solitary lunch when I heard a noise like a gunshot and went outside to see what it might have been. Couldn't see anything but as I walked back through the conservatory one of the inside roof panes started to crumble and fall out, making a noise like rushing water, just where I would have been sitting, mostly caught by the blind but some would have definitely hit me. The outside pane seems to be intact. Just how weird is that? Can anyone explain?

Is it a Velux window? We had this happen last year with a Velux in one of our bathrooms. There is a known manufacturing fault with windows of certain widths that were fitted several years ago. See https://velux-pw.velux.co.uk/ for details. You should be able to get a free replacement fitted by Velux without using your home insurance.

All the best, Si

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Re: Coronavirus thread- please don't start a new one here.

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Postby Snorvey » March 26th, 2020, 9:58 pm

redsturgeon wrote:The USA now has the most confirmed cases of Covid 19 in the world...it just overtook China!

John


Wellĺllllĺ......China reporting Eh?

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Re: Coronavirus thread- please don't start a new one here.

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Postby Bouleversee » March 26th, 2020, 10:18 pm

simoan wrote:
Bouleversee wrote:I've had enough scares for one day, thanks. I was just about to take my coffee and newspaper into the conservatory after my solitary lunch when I heard a noise like a gunshot and went outside to see what it might have been. Couldn't see anything but as I walked back through the conservatory one of the inside roof panes started to crumble and fall out, making a noise like rushing water, just where I would have been sitting, mostly caught by the blind but some would have definitely hit me. The outside pane seems to be intact. Just how weird is that? Can anyone explain?

Is it a Velux window? We had this happen last year with a Velux in one of our bathrooms. There is a known manufacturing fault with windows of certain widths that were fitted several years ago. See https://velux-pw.velux.co.uk/ for details. You should be able to get a free replacement fitted by Velux without using your home insurance.

All the best, Si


I dont know what make it is but probably not a Velux. Thanks anyway.

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Re: Coronavirus thread- please don't start a new one here.

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Postby redsturgeon » March 27th, 2020, 8:15 am

I had a note yesterday that our test kits have been dispatched. I will let you know when we get them how things go with the first few tests. Could be interesting.

John

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Re: Coronavirus thread- please don't start a new one here.

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Postby bungeejumper » March 27th, 2020, 8:35 am

redsturgeon wrote:The USA now has the most confirmed cases of Covid 19 in the world...it just overtook China!

And meanwhile the epidemiological finger of blame is now pointing at the pangolin. Widely trafficked, widely eaten in China, widely used in Chinese medicine. And, according to Chinese scientists, it's been found to carry a CV19-like virus strain which it probably caught from bats.

Poor old pangolins. You get bitten, then you get kidnapped, then you get eaten, and then you get blamed for everything. :(

BJ

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Re: Coronavirus thread- please don't start a new one here.

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Postby redsturgeon » March 27th, 2020, 8:42 am

bungeejumper wrote:
redsturgeon wrote:The USA now has the most confirmed cases of Covid 19 in the world...it just overtook China!

And meanwhile the epidemiological finger of blame is now pointing at the pangolin. Widely trafficked, widely eaten in China, widely used in Chinese medicine. And, according to Chinese scientists, it's been found to carry a CV19-like virus strain which it probably caught from bats.

Poor old pangolins. You get bitten, then you get kidnapped, then you get eaten, and then you get blamed for everything. :(

BJ


From wiki:

However, pangolins were eventually ruled out as the definitive source of (SARS-CoV-2), namely being the bridge that the virus used to jump from bats to humans, after it emerged that the 99% match did not actually refer to the entire genome, but to a specific site known as the receptor-binding domain (RBD).[65] A whole-genome comparison found that the pangolin and human viruses share only 90.3% of their DNA (at least 99.8% is needed for a conclusive match)[65]



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Re: Coronavirus thread- please don't start a new one here.

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Postby bungeejumper » March 27th, 2020, 8:48 am

redsturgeon wrote:From wiki:
However, pangolins were eventually ruled out as the definitive source of (SARS-CoV-2), namely being the bridge that the virus used to jump from bats to humans, after it emerged that the 99% match did not actually refer to the entire genome, but to a specific site known as the receptor-binding domain (RBD).[65] A whole-genome comparison found that the pangolin and human viruses share only 90.3% of their DNA (at least 99.8% is needed for a conclusive match)[65]

I'm outta my depth there, dude! But sometimes it's good to be wrong. Thanks! :D

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/26/scie ... virus.html

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Re: Coronavirus thread- please don't start a new one here.

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Postby DrFfybes » March 27th, 2020, 9:17 am

bungeejumper wrote:
redsturgeon wrote:From wiki:
However, pangolins were eventually ruled out as the definitive source of (SARS-CoV-2), namely being the bridge that the virus used to jump from bats to humans, after it emerged that the 99% match did not actually refer to the entire genome, but to a specific site known as the receptor-binding domain (RBD).[65] A whole-genome comparison found that the pangolin and human viruses share only 90.3% of their DNA (at least 99.8% is needed for a conclusive match)[65]

I'm outta my depth there, dude! But sometimes it's good to be wrong. Thanks! :D

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/26/scie ... virus.html

BJ


A bit of a shame really, that's one of the urban myths that might have had a beneficial effect on reducing poaching.
Alternatively they'd be hunted to extinction and the corpses burnt :(

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Re: Coronavirus thread- please don't start a new one here.

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Postby stewamax » March 27th, 2020, 10:14 am

bungeejumper wrote:And meanwhile the epidemiological finger of blame is now pointing at the pangolin. Widely trafficked, widely eaten in China, widely used in Chinese medicine. And, according to Chinese scientists, it's been found to carry a CV19-like virus strain which it probably caught from bats.
Poor old pangolins. You get bitten, then you get kidnapped, then you get eaten, and then you get blamed for everything. :(

Unsuccessful missionaries also had that problem

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Re: Coronavirus thread- please don't start a new one here.

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Postby redsturgeon » March 27th, 2020, 11:12 am

redsturgeon wrote:I had a note yesterday that our test kits have been dispatched. I will let you know when we get them how things go with the first few tests. Could be interesting.

John


Test kits arrived and first three tests have all proved negative. We are now getting in touch with an NHS worker who was self isolating with all the symptoms but was never tested.

John

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Re: Coronavirus thread- please don't start a new one here.

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Postby gadjet » March 27th, 2020, 11:25 am

Is redsturgeon allowed to say where he got the kits from ?

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Postby Itsallaguess » March 27th, 2020, 11:26 am

Boris Johnson has developed mild symptoms and tested positive for the virus -

https://twitter.com/BorisJohnson/status/1243496858095411200?s=20

I wish him a speedy recovery.

Cheers,

Itsallaguess

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Postby redsturgeon » March 27th, 2020, 11:30 am

gadjet wrote:Is redsturgeon allowed to say where he got the kits from ?


They are not available to the general public. Only for trained healthcare professional use. There are sevral suppliers of similar kits but they are pretty much out of stock. None of these anti-body kits are yet officially recognised by the UK authorities.

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Re: Coronavirus thread- please don't start a new one here.

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Postby Itsallaguess » March 27th, 2020, 11:30 am

redsturgeon wrote:
redsturgeon wrote:
I had a note yesterday that our test kits have been dispatched. I will let you know when we get them how things go with the first few tests. Could be interesting.


Test kits arrived and first three tests have all proved negative. We are now getting in touch with an NHS worker who was self isolating with all the symptoms but was never tested.


Spain have withdrawn some of their testing kits, as they proved to be unreliable -

Like other countries struggling to diagnose and treat the virus, Spain has looked to China for rapid testing kits equipment and much-needed supplies, and announced this week that it would spend €432m on tests, masks, gloves and other personal protective equipment.

However, a batch of Chinese-made kits bought by Spanish health authorities a few weeks ago has been pulled after they were discovered to be unreliable and the Chinese government said that they had been made by a company that did not appear on its list of authorised manufacturers.

In a statement on Thursday, Spain’s health ministry said it would be returning the kits, but stressed that they had not be bought directly from the Chinese manufacturer but from a supply company in Spain that had purchased them in China and had provided the necessary accompanying paperwork.


https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/ ... 215f6fc504

Cheers,

Itsallaguess

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Postby redsturgeon » March 27th, 2020, 11:36 am

Itsallaguess wrote:
redsturgeon wrote:
redsturgeon wrote:
I had a note yesterday that our test kits have been dispatched. I will let you know when we get them how things go with the first few tests. Could be interesting.


Test kits arrived and first three tests have all proved negative. We are now getting in touch with an NHS worker who was self isolating with all the symptoms but was never tested.


Spain have withdrawn some of their testing kits, as they proved to be unreliable -

Like other countries struggling to diagnose and treat the virus, Spain has looked to China for rapid testing kits equipment and much-needed supplies, and announced this week that it would spend €432m on tests, masks, gloves and other personal protective equipment.

However, a batch of Chinese-made kits bought by Spanish health authorities a few weeks ago has been pulled after they were discovered to be unreliable and the Chinese government said that they had been made by a company that did not appear on its list of authorised manufacturers.

In a statement on Thursday, Spain’s health ministry said it would be returning the kits, but stressed that they had not be bought directly from the Chinese manufacturer but from a supply company in Spain that had purchased them in China and had provided the necessary accompanying paperwork.


https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/ ... 215f6fc504

Cheers,

Itsallaguess


Which is why the government is insisting on testing their kits before mass usage.

Ours are made in the UK.

John

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Re: Coronavirus thread- please don't start a new one here.

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Postby richfool » March 27th, 2020, 11:43 am

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has tested positive for coronavirus, the government has said.

Mr Johnson has mild symptoms and will self-isolate in Downing Street, after being tested at No 10 by NHS staff.

"He was tested for coronavirus on the personal advice of England's chief medical officer, Professor Chris Whitty," a statement said.

He will still be in charge of the government's handling of the crisis, the statement added.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-52060791

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Postby Snorvey » March 27th, 2020, 11:54 am

Boris should be furloughed.
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On that note, I spoke to someone yesterday who, with 2 of his colleagues are the only ones NOT being furloughed in their organisation (of about 20).

So they have to work, keeping the place together whilst their furloughed workmates get to sit on their arses on 80% pay watching Netflix all day*

Resentment brewing......? Nah, we're all in this together eh?

I appreciate that you would like to think they are the most valued embers of staff and, should the axe come to their jobs in the future, they would receive the proper treatment.

*and no, I don't know what the solution is either.

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Re: Coronavirus thread- please don't start a new one here.

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Postby redsturgeon » March 27th, 2020, 12:01 pm

Snorvey wrote:Boris should be furloughed.
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On that note, I spoke to someone yesterday who, with 2 of his colleagues are the only ones NOT being furloughed in their organisation (of about 20).

So they have to work, keeping the place together whilst their furloughed workmates get to sit on their arses on 80% pay watching Netflix all day*

Resentment brewing......? Nah, we're all in this together eh?

I appreciate that you would like to think they are the most valued embers of staff and, should the axe come to their jobs in the future, they would receive the proper treatment.

*and no, I don't know what the solution is either.


Perhaps the 18 guys at home can have a whip round for the "heroes".

It is an interesting challenge though.

I guess if they are the only ones with the appropriate skills then it's just tough.

If anyone could do it then I'd have asked for volunteers, some people would rather be in work than stuck at home with family.

If no volunteers then draw straws.

John

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Postby swill453 » March 27th, 2020, 12:17 pm

Oxford University looking for volunteers to help in a vaccine trial https://covid19vaccinetrial.web.ox.ac.uk/volunteer

Need to:
• Be aged 18-55 years old
• Be in good health
• Be based in the Thames Valley area

Scott.

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Postby redsturgeon » March 27th, 2020, 12:38 pm

swill453 wrote:Oxford University looking for volunteers to help in a vaccine trial https://covid19vaccinetrial.web.ox.ac.uk/volunteer

Need to:
• Be aged 18-55 years old
• Be in good health
• Be based in the Thames Valley area

Scott.


My daughter is taking part in a similar trial but based in Southampton for 0-22 year olds. She received a random invite letter.

John


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