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    Suffice to say you can consider Vitamin D thoroughly tested.


    Stop waiting for a miracle drug: A Boston University doctor says a sufficient amount of vitamin D can cut the risk of catching coronavirus by 54%.

    “People have been looking for the magic drug or waiting for the vaccine and not looking for something this simple,” said Dr. Michael Holick, professor of medicine, physiology and biophysics at Boston University School of Medicine.

    Holick and his colleagues studied blood samples from Quest Diagnostics of more than 190,000 Americans from all 50 states and found that those who had deficient levels of vitamin D had 54% higher COVID positivity compared to those with adequate levels of vitamin D in the blood.


    The risk of getting coronavirus continued to decline as vitamin D levels increased, the study, published in the Public Library of Science One peer-reviewed journal shows.


    “The higher your vitamin D status, lower was your risk,” Holick said.
    Vitamin D can help reduce coronavirus risk by 54%: Boston University doctor

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    Been taking vitamin D for the past week.

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    The COVID-2019 Thread-received_1520414668161245-jpg

    My wife's quarantine room at the Holiday Inn Pattaya

    Not bad. Food looks average.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Humbert View Post
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    My wife's quarantine room at the Holiday Inn Pattaya
    So small?

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    ^ the picture will get bigger if you click on it

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    How many ever changing new normals will be required of us in the coming year plus?

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    Quote Originally Posted by HuangLao View Post
    How many ever changing new normals will be required of us in the coming year plus?
    If we'd simply listened to the scientists when we had the chance, all of this shit could have been avoided.

    (And if the chinkies had not covered the fucking thing up and allowed countries to react quicker).

    Booming population numbers and ever-increasing interactions with wild animals (and especially eating them) is only going to make things worse.

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    Thailand Reports its First COVID-19 Death in 97 Days

    Thailand, which had only witnessed one local COVID-19 transmission in 100 days reported on Friday the first fatality in 97 days. The death was a Thai man who was found infected with COVID-19 after returning from Saudi Arabia. the man was declared dead at Rajavithi Hospital at noon on Friday.


    The ministry staff was the first fatality in Thailand in 97 days bringing Thailand’s death toll to 59.


    The health ministry has confirmed that Mat Mamin, 54, who had served as an interpreter in Saudi Arabia and was undergoing treatment for COVID-19 at a Bangkok hospital, died on Friday in the hospital.





    He had worked as an interpreter at the labour office in the Saudi capital before returning to Thailand on Sept 2.


    The medical science chief said the patient was seriously ill when he was admitted to Rajavithi Hospital. He was placed on respiratory support, however, he showed no symptoms of Covid-19. An x-ray showed his lungs were damaged.


    Dr Somsak said “this patient was asymptomatic when he was transferred to Rajavithi Hopital. Even more we cannot deny that he died of Covid-19,” he told the Bangkok Post.


    The total number of covid-19 cases in Thailand had risen to 3,497 as of Friday. The last fatality in the country was reported on June 2. The total number of confirmed cases in Thailand increased to 3,497.


    Across the world, COVID-19 has claimed more than 944,000 lives in 188 countries and regions since last December.


    Over 30 million COVID-19 coronavirus cases have been reported worldwide. With recoveries exceeding 20.4 million, according to figures compiled by the US Johns Hopkins University.

    Thailand Reports its First COVID-19 Coronavirus Death in 97 Days

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    A two week lockdown intended as a ‘circuit breaker’ to stop the rapid spread of coronavirus could be announced by Boris Johnson as early as Tuesday.

    The Government is reportedly gearing up to introduce much stricter measures to try to reverse the spike in new infections seen in recent weeks. Professor Neil Ferguson, whose modelling led to the nationwide lockdown being imposed in March, has warned ministers need to act ‘sooner rather than later’ or the death toll will begin to rise again.

    Scientists are advising a ‘short sharp shock’ is necessary if the UK is to avoid replicating the spiralling number of new cases being seen in France and Spain. The Government’s Joint Biosecurity Centre, which monitors infections, says that Britain is six weeks behind Spain, which recorded 239 deaths on Thursday. The lockdown would focus on stopping people socialising by closing pubs, restaurants and leisure facilities for a fortnight, while schools and workplaces are expected to remain open.

    So-called ‘circuit breakers’ could be used sporadically by Number 10 throughout the next six months as an alternative to a prolonged full nationwide lockdown. There are rumours the Prime Minister is preparing to announce details of the first in a televised press conference on Tuesday.


    Read more: 'Circuit breaker' lockdown could be announced 'as early as Tuesday' | Metro News
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    People in England who refuse an order to self-isolate could be fined up to 10,000, the government has said.

    The new legal duty requires people to self-isolate if they test positive for coronavirus, or are traced as a close contact, from 28 September.

    New measures also include a one-off 500 support payment for those on lower incomes, and a penalty for employers who punish those told to self-isolate.

    A further 4,422 new Covid-19 cases and 27 deaths were reported on Saturday.

    There were 350 new cases reported in Scotland, the highest daily increase since May, 212 new cases in Wales, and 222 in Northern Ireland.

    New virus rules 'inevitable': The view near No 10
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    My neighbours are breaking the rules - what should I say?
    Fines will initially start at 1,000 rising to 10,000 for repeat offenders, and for "the most egregious breaches". Up until now, advice to self-isolate has been guidance only.

    Announcing the new rules for England, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the best way to fight the virus was for everyone to follow the rules.

    "So nobody underestimates just how important this is, new regulations will mean you are legally obliged to do so if you have the virus or have been asked to do so by NHS Test and Trace. People who choose to ignore the rules will face significant fines.

    "We need to do all we can to control the spread of this virus, to prevent the most vulnerable people from becoming infected, and to protect the NHS and save lives", he said.

    At-a-glance: What are the new rules?
    People in England who are told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace face fines of 1,000 - up to 10,000 for the worst offenders - if they fail to do so
    This includes those who test positive and those identified as close contacts of confirmed cases
    It also includes employers who force staff to ignore an order to self-isolate
    NHS Test and Trace will make regular contact with those isolating to check compliance
    The measures apply from 28 September and will be enforced by police and local authorities
    Those in receipt of benefits or on low income and who cannot work from home may receive a 500 one-off payment if self-isolating
    Those attracting the highest penalties are described as including those who stop other people from self-isolating, such as an employer who insists a staff member comes to work in violation of an order.

    The penalties are in line with those for people who fail to quarantine for 14 days after returning to the UK from a country not on the list of low risk nations.

    In Bolton, one returning holidaymaker, who did not self-isolate and instead went on a pub crawl, is being partly blamed for the town's spike in cases.

    Iron fist in a velvet glove
    The prime minister is concerned that existing regulations are too often being flouted - and he has been frustrated that they are not always effectively enforced.

    The government's scientific advisers have suggested as many as four out of five people who should be self-isolating bend or break the rules.

    So, from 28 September in England, fines can be levied.

    But this iron fist is encased in a velvet glove.

    Following pilot schemes in some parts of Lancashire, a 500 lump sum will be available to people on benefits who have to self-isolate - or who are on low incomes and who cannot work from home.

    Regional political leaders, such as Greater Manchester's Mayor Andy Burnham, have been pressing for this.

    But compliance isn't the only problem.

    Delays in delivering test results can affect how quickly the contacts of infected people isolate, even if they want to, or are paid to do the right thing.

    The UK government hopes the new measures will be replicated in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland - which all have powers to set their own coronavirus rules.

    Officials said NHS Test and Trace would be in regular contact with individuals told to self-isolate and would report any suspicions that people were not complying to the police and local authorities.

    Police will also check compliance in Covid-19 hotspots and among groups considered to be "high-risk" as well as following up reports from members of the public of people who have tested positive but are not self-isolating.

    Prosecutions could follow in "high-profile and egregious" cases of non-compliance.

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    As with other coronavirus rules, there will be specific exemptions for those who need to escape from illness or harm during their isolation, and for those who require care.

    Changes to support for those in receipt of benefits or on a low income will initially affect up to four million people who cannot work from home in England, the government said.

    The one-off payment of 500 is above both statutory sick pay of 95.85 per week and a previously-announced additional award of 182 for those told to self-isolate in highest risk areas of intervention.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chittychangchang View Post
    My neighbours are breaking the rules - what should I say?
    Will you get paid for dabbing them in? Do you have a friendly relationship with them?

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    Theres that many breaking the rules that its impossible to police.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    A two week lockdown intended as a ‘circuit breaker’ to stop the rapid spread of coronavirus could be announced by Boris Johnson as early as Tuesday.

    The Government is reportedly gearing up to introduce much stricter measures to try to reverse the spike in new infections seen in recent weeks. Professor Neil Ferguson, whose modelling led to the nationwide lockdown being imposed in March, has warned ministers need to act ‘sooner rather than later’ or the death toll will begin to rise again.

    Scientists are advising a ‘short sharp shock’ is necessary if the UK is to avoid replicating the spiralling number of new cases being seen in France and Spain. The Government’s Joint Biosecurity Centre, which monitors infections, says that Britain is six weeks behind Spain, which recorded 239 deaths on Thursday. The lockdown would focus on stopping people socialising by closing pubs, restaurants and leisure facilities for a fortnight, while schools and workplaces are expected to remain open.

    So-called ‘circuit breakers’ could be used sporadically by Number 10 throughout the next six months as an alternative to a prolonged full nationwide lockdown. There are rumours the Prime Minister is preparing to announce details of the first in a televised press conference on Tuesday.


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    Govs need to decide, better with the consent of the people, whether they are going all in to save lives and damn the economy, save the economy by sacrificing an unknowable number of lives, or compromise with a balance between the two. Not easy to make decisions that are guaranteed to piss off half a country, but that's what they're paid for.

    I can't see Europeans, esp Brits having swallowed a half decade of Brexit uncertainty, quietly dig in for another round of open ended lockdowns; could result in a hard core of active resistance. Either govs knew the second wave was coming, or should have prepared for it because that's the form, but having sat scratching their bums while the first wave approached there can be no excuse beyond sheer incompetence to be less than fully prepared for the second wave.
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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    (And if the chinkies had not covered the fucking thing up and allowed countries to react quicker).
    Many countries have contained the virus and very successfully, just the west fucked it up big time and have spread it far and wide.

    Thank god for Asians.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jabir View Post
    Govs need to decide, better with the consent of the people
    The response in the US, or lack of response in the case of Trump, should have been to create a unified effort led by the federal government. The federal government has vast resources and powers that the states do not have in a public health emergency. The idea that each state should obtain its own ppe, testing material, mask and social distancing policies is and was absurd. The US and Donald Trump is responsible for 200,000 deaths. 4% of the world's population and 20% of the deaths.
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    looks like 1 million deaths by the end of the week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Humbert View Post
    The response in the US, or lack of response in the case of Trump, should have been to create a unified effort led by the federal government. The federal government has vast resources and powers that the states do not have in a public health emergency. The idea that each state should obtain its own ppe, testing material, mask and social distancing policies is and was absurd. The US and Donald Trump is responsible for 200,000 deaths. 4% of the world's population and 20% of the deaths.
    Huge, it's a massive machine backed by stunning resources, and once in gear can deal with almost anything. The problem as I understand it, is without a state of emergency the federal gov cannot interfere at state level without being invited to do so; but once a gov asks for help the menu is impressive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chico View Post
    Many countries have contained the virus and very successfully, just the west fucked it up big time and have spread it far and wide.

    Thank god for Asians.
    It wouldn't be in many countries if the chinkies had warned everyone what it really was when they knew, you fucking imbecile.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chittychangchang View Post
    My neighbours are breaking the rules - what should I say?
    Blackmail them for a bottle of Cognac a day...

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    60,000 volunteer for Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine trial, 100s get jab and 'feel well' – Moscow mayor


    "Tens of thousands of people volunteered to take part in a trial of Russia's Covid-19 vaccine, the mayor of Moscow has revealed. Hundreds have already been immunized as part of the successful post-registration trials. The massive final trials of Sputnik V, which is the first coronavirus vaccine in the world to be officially registered, are underway in the Russian capital, Mayor Sergey Sobyanin told Rossiya-1 TV channel on Sunday.

    "More than 60,000 people have volunteered [and] several thousand people have undergone relevant medical checks" prior to taking part in the trials, said Sobyanin. More than 700 have received the Sputnik V shot and "all of them are feeling well," he added.
    There have been a total of 276,000 Covid-19 cases in Moscow, accounting for roughly a quarter of Russia's 1.1 million infections.

    Russian Health Minister Mikhail Murashko had previously reported that volunteers had shown no unexpected adverse effects so far. "Approximately 14 percent have minor complaints of weakness, muscle pain for 24 hours, and an occasional increase in body temperature," he told the media last week.

    The symptoms are "described in the instructions and are predictable," the minister said, explaining that they "level off" by the next day.

    The vaccine was developed by Russia's renowned Gamaleya Research Center for Epidemiology and Microbiology earlier this year. President Vladimir Putin announced on August 11 that it had been officially registered. Health officials have signaled that Sputnik V will be available for a mass vaccination campaign by early 2021."


    60,000 volunteer for Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine trial, 100s get jab and 'feel well' – Moscow mayor — RT Russia & Former Soviet Union

    Some may question how "feeling well" in Moscow compares with other locations.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Humbert View Post
    The response in the US, or lack of response in the case of Trump, should have been to create a unified effort led by the federal government. The federal government has vast resources and powers that the states do not have in a public health emergency. The idea that each state should obtain its own ppe, testing material, mask and social distancing policies is and was absurd. The US and Donald Trump is responsible for 200,000 deaths. 4% of the world's population and 20% of the deaths.
    No doubt that the governmental and health/medical establishment mishandled and misunderstood this crisis big time - as they presently still are.
    Yet, one could easily point fingers at the general make up and character of the population which clearly aided in the ongoing and growing numbers to this day.
    Appears to be a vacant sense of community, familial, and social extensions.....nothing is done for the commons betterment, but instead for the self-absorbed individual[s].

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    Been a rough week for our quarantine area in my locality because of issues with quarantine management plan and system, quarantine managers, personnels, inbound travellers, etc. Things got so heated that the local frontliners have refused to help in the quarantine facility, so we are down to our local police. Good thing we are drinking buddies with some agency heads and they've been helping us troubleshoot the problems... Now, radio talk is mostly all about lack of so and so. And someone cussing because all the PPE are dirty, etc. Perfectly normal for us here. 555
    I am so unlucky that if I fall into a barrel full of D*ick**s, I'd come out sucking my own thumb!

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    Quote Originally Posted by OhOh View Post
    60,000 volunteer for Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine trial, 100s get jab and 'feel well' – Moscow mayor


    "Tens of thousands of people volunteered to take part in a trial of Russia's Covid-19 vaccine, the mayor of Moscow has revealed. Hundreds have already been immunized as part of the successful post-registration trials. The massive final trials of Sputnik V, which is the first coronavirus vaccine in the world to be officially registered, are underway in the Russian capital, Mayor Sergey Sobyanin told Rossiya-1 TV channel on Sunday.

    "More than 60,000 people have volunteered [and] several thousand people have undergone relevant medical checks" prior to taking part in the trials, said Sobyanin. More than 700 have received the Sputnik V shot and "all of them are feeling well," he added.
    There have been a total of 276,000 Covid-19 cases in Moscow, accounting for roughly a quarter of Russia's 1.1 million infections.

    Russian Health Minister Mikhail Murashko had previously reported that volunteers had shown no unexpected adverse effects so far. "Approximately 14 percent have minor complaints of weakness, muscle pain for 24 hours, and an occasional increase in body temperature," he told the media last week.

    The symptoms are "described in the instructions and are predictable," the minister said, explaining that they "level off" by the next day.

    The vaccine was developed by Russia's renowned Gamaleya Research Center for Epidemiology and Microbiology earlier this year. President Vladimir Putin announced on August 11 that it had been officially registered. Health officials have signaled that Sputnik V will be available for a mass vaccination campaign by early 2021."


    60,000 volunteer for Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine trial, 100s get jab and 'feel well' – Moscow mayor — RT Russia & Former Soviet Union

    Some may question how "feeling well" in Moscow compares with other locations.
    Yeah that's great, until they start having babies with two heads.

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    Second AstraZeneca volunteer reportedly suffers rare neurological condition, but UK company says it’s not related to vaccine

    "Two people have fallen ill during the trials of AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine in the UK, the company’s internal papers revealed, and a source said they had both suffered from the same serious neurological disorder.
    The company published details of the trials on Saturday, after facing criticism over the lack of transparency surrounding the testing of the much-anticipated vaccine against the virus, which has so far infected more than 30.8 million people and caused over 958,000 fatalities worldwide.

    The first participant of the British trials – which are being conducted in conjunction with Oxford University – fell ill after receiving one dose of the experimental vaccine in July.

    The female volunteer was later diagnosed with transverse myelitis, a rare inflammatory disease that affects the spinal cord, causing weakness, sensory alterations, and autonomic nervous-system dysfunction. The company’s spokeswoman later told the media the volunteer had undiagnosed multiple sclerosis, and the trials resumed.

    The second female recipient of the vaccine suffered complications after the follow-up dose in September. AstraZeneca didn’t confirm her diagnosis, but a source told the New York Times it was also transverse myelitis.

    On September 6, trials of the drug were paused again, after the second woman felt ill, but they resumed in Britain, Brazil, India, and South Africa less than a week later. The US hasn’t yet green-lighted the continuation of the test, however.

    AstraZeneca, which has administered its vaccine to some 18,000 people worldwide, said in internal documents that the two cases of the illness were “unlikely to be associated with the vaccine, or there was insufficient evidence to say for certain that the illnesses were or were not related to the vaccine.”

    Transverse myelitis is a serious and rare disease, and its repeated cases among the participants of the trials may well see AstraZeneca losing its vaccine bid all together.

    AstraZeneca’s vaccine uses a monkey adenovirus that shares a gene with the Covid-19 coronavirus. It’s an untested method of vaccine development, according to Kirill Dmitriev, CEO of the Russian Direct Investment Fund that bankrolled the Russian vaccine development.

    Unlike AstraZeneca’s jab, Russia’s Sputnik V, the world’s first registered vaccine, uses human adenoviruses as a vector – an extensively studied approach.
    Earlier this month, respected British medical journal The Lancet published the Russian Ministry of Health’s Sputnik V study, showing the vaccine to be 100 percent effective, producing antibodies in all 76 participants of early-stage trials.

    Second AstraZeneca volunteer reportedly suffers rare neurological condition, but UK company says it’s not related to vaccine — RT World News

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