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  2. My vaccine appointment was for 6.55 pm today, at a centre in a suburb of East Kilbride, called High Whitehills. The Strathaven to EK bus goes a very circuitous route, which includes the road past the centre. More on that, later. It was dark, and I was looking out of the window, but didn't see the familiar sites that would have indicated time to get off. The driver had been speaking to the only other passenger, and telling him that he was new and unfamiliar with the route, which would explain why he was 16 minutes late leaving Strathaven, making me late for the appointment. I concluded tha
  3. From the LA Times A coronavirus variant that emerged in mid-2020 and surged to become the dominant strain in California not only spreads more readily than its predecessors, but also evades antibodies generated by COVID-19 vaccines or prior infection and is associated with severe illness and death, researchers said. In a study that helps explain the state’s dramatic surge in COVID-19 cases and deaths — and portends further trouble ahead — scientists at UC San Francisco said the cluster of mutations that characterizes the homegrown strain should mark it as a “variant of concern” on par
  4. Hope you got your vaccination okay, Yonza. I got mine two and a half weeks ago, Was lucky it was only ten minutes away in community hub. Read a wee bit about the bird flu and Prof Devi Sridhar advising to act fast. Good to see the positivity number below 5% but case numbers seem very slow to come down. My son in Denmark told me that in area he is in, with around 1 million population, had three days with zero cases then rose again to 20 cases. In Glasgow there were 118 cases yesterday.
  5. A H5N8 strain of bird flu has been detected in humans for the first time, among seven workers who were infected at a Russian poultry plant in December. There is no evidence of the strain being transmitted between humans, but Russia has reported the transmission to the World Health Organization. The workers now feel well, and “the situation did not develop further”, according to Dr Anna Popova, head of consumer health watchdog Rospotrebnadzor. She said the workers had been infected during an outbreak of the strain at the plant. Outbreaks of the strain have been reported in Russia
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  7. Some of the effects of global warming can be extremely counterintuitive. It has long been predicted by climate scientist that the Arctic would experience above average warming, due to positive feedback effects. However, no one predicted the consequences of this, which we're now seeing. The very cold polar air mass is held in place by the polar jet stream, which moves in a 'wavy', undulating manner, from west to east. The jet stream is a result of the temperature contrast between polar and sub polar air masses. As the Arctic has warmed more than the sub Arctic, the temperature contrast has
  8. I've just had my 'blue envelope' vaccination appointment through the letter box. It's a 16 mile round trip to East Kilbride. Luckily, the centre is on the bus route. The government appears to have been pretty efficient with the roll out, but how hard can it be to have local health centres in small towns administer it?
  9. Really important for people to know. not to exercise. The ongoing breathlessness is something I have heard from a few people I know who have had Covid. Some other symptoms seem to be similar to chronic lyme disease, including, chronic fatigue, brain fog, aches and pains and skin issues. There is no treatment for chronic lyme through NHS. Perhaps research into long Covid will be helpful for people experiencing other illnesses such as chronic lyme, m.e. And perhaps some of the successful complementary treatments that have helped chronic lyme sufferers can be useful for those with long covid?
  10. Hi, This is just a note to say that the Glasgow West End Discussion Forum will be coming to an end shortly. It's been running since 1998, or thereabouts, so it's had a good run. :-) You can discuss all things related to the Glasgow West End on our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/glasgowswestend/) and by following Pat on Twitter: @glasgowswestend (https://twitter.com/glasgowswestend). Thanks for your contributions over the years. It's been good to know you. :-) Please copy any forum posts you want to keep. The database will be archived but it will not be available online or
  11. Doctors in Japan warn of long lasting Covid symptoms in young people. Doctors are warning that many people who contract the coronavirus, especially younger patients, are suffering after effects for a lengthy period of time despite subsequently testing negative for the virus. “Most of them are in their 40s or younger. The government needs to take the issue seriously and implement countermeasures,” one of the doctors said. The after effects include malaise and difficulty breathing. In severe cases, patients became bedridden even though they had been diagnosed with a mild case of C
  12. Great photo., samsc. Here's a photo Jim took from the top of Kelvingrove Art Gallery
  13. Hope you managed to catch some of the concerts, samsc;
  14. 29 January and 5 February Mainly Ayrshire Poets on YouTube Channel https://www.glasgowwestend.co.uk/tidelines-festival-winter-warmer-poetry-events/
  15. Hellish there are so many variants appearing. Just hope the vaccines can be adjusted and can keep up.
  16. From the LA Times "California scientists have discovered a homegrown coronavirus strain that appears to be propagating faster than any other variant on the loose in the Golden State. Two independent research groups said they stumbled upon the new strain while looking for signs that a highly transmissible variant from the United Kingdom had established itself here. Instead, they found a new branch of the virus’ family tree — one whose sudden rise and distinctive mutations have made it a prime suspect in California’s vicious holiday surge. As they pored over genetic sequencing dat
  17. Terrific programme of events at Paisley Book Festival https://www.glasgowwestend.co.uk/paisley-book-festival-2021-online/ 18 - 27 February 2021
  18. Bit disappointing that the positivity rate in Scotland yesterday was 6.9% but back up today to over 9%. It seems that for the pandemic to be manageable that positivity has to be no more than 5%
  19. The 1889-90 Russian flu pandemic may have been caused by a novel coronavirus. The 1889–1890 flu pandemic, also known as the "Asiatic flu" or "Russian flu", was a pandemic that killed about 1 million people worldwide, out of a population of about 1.5 billion. It was the last great pandemic of the 19th century, and is among the deadliest pandemics in history. It is not known for certain what agent was responsible for the pandemic. Since the 1950s it has been conjectured to be Influenza A virus subtype H2N2. A 1999 seroarcheological study found the strain to be Influenza A virus subtype
  20. Really worrying these different variants. Pity they started appearing before vaccine has had a chance to be rolled out. Wonder if vaccines can be tweaked and how long this would take?
  21. New coronavirus variant identified in German hospital. The article says it's different from the UK, South African and Brazilian variants, and that it's too early to say if it's more contagious. But with 35 out of 73 patients and staff in the hospital infected with it, it certainly seems to be more contagious. "A new variant of the coronavirus has been identified in a hospital in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, a Bavarian ski town, local media reported Monday. Last Tuesday, the hospital discovered an "abnormality" for the first time in a coronavirus test device that indicated it was not
  22. Californians face unprecedented fire blackouts in January. "In an unprecedented move, California utilities are warning they may need to cut power to more than 280,000 homes and businesses to prevent live wires from sparking wildfires as high winds are set to sweep through the drought-weary state. Edison International’s Southern California Edison said 277,078 customers in multiple counties including Los Angeles face blackouts within 48 hours due to a forecast of a strong Santa Ana wind event. None of its customers that had been affected by earlier cuts are facing power outage as of Su
  23. Excellent article on the evolution of the virus. https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2021/01/coronavirus-mutations-variants/617694/
  24. A more dangerous and infectious Covid strain found in Lebanon. PCR tests administered in Lebanon in the past few days have shown a change in the genetic makeup of coronavirus (COVID-19), an official has revealed. “50% of the tests during the past days showed the presence of a new type of virus, the danger of which is that it spreads faster,” MP Ali Al-Miqdad, a member of the Parliamentary Health Committee, told the National News Agency on Friday. PCR tests conducted in two major laboratories in Lebanon showed a genetic change in the virus, Al-Miqdad said, adding that it is not y
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