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  1. Hi Yonza, yes great breakthrough with the dexamethasone. I as speaking to one of my friends who was a staff nurse in intensive care for many years. She remarked to me that it was interesting that asthma sufferers did not seem to be unduly affected by coronavius and she had wondered if this was because they were on steroids. Definitely see Vit D as an advantage in supporting immune system. The issue of the BAME community and high incidence of death relating to Covid-19 could see a link to deficiency in Vit D. Prof John Robertson has pointed out that in Scotland there is greater incidence of coronavirus among white population. Be interesting to see further investigation with regard to why this should be the case. https://talkingupscotlandtwo.com/2020/06/03/why-are-covid-deaths-4-times-more-common-among-white-scots-than-bame-groups/
  2. It is astounding what the UK Government think they can get away with. Their incompetence and lies in the face of horrific death toll in UK is unbelievable. Known from outset that Serco's track and trace would not be up and running until Autumn. 'a leaked email from the chief executive of Serco – one of the main companies contracted to deliver the service – revealed how he doubted the scheme would evolve smoothly but said he wanted it to “cement the position of the private sector” in the NHS supply chain. https://www.theguardian.com/society/2020/jun/04/nhs-track-and-trace-system-not-expected-to-be-operating-fully-until-september-coronavirus
  3. That is an awful lot to take in, Yonza. It seems trite to ask with the scale of what you have described - whether the much reduced traffic and, in particular, air traffic makes any difference regarding climate change?
  4. tamd

    Cannot access the section I want and will try again. In case I cannot find what I am looking for: read on BBC Scotland how the virus had arrived and been dealt with on the Shetlands. I thoroughly enjoyed the writing and the information.

    Also read the article in regards to the top ten Scottish writers. No problem with Sir Walter and I am aware of how Denise (God love her) feels about Sir Walter. Surprised that we are claiming J K Rowling. Brilliant yes but why Scottish ?

    If we are going to claim Rowling then why not Robert Service or even Byron.....

    BUT, wondering if Denise Mina has peed in someone's porridge.

  5. What a debacle with Dominic Cummings – accusations of flouting guidelines and then the Advisor to Boris Johnson addressing the nation with risible explanation.
  6. Useful information about conspiracy theories: Devi Sridhar Prof on Global Health at Edinburgh University is very wise and provides balanced, knowledgeable views on issues relating to pandemic. Super article. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/global-health/science-and-disease/devi-sridhar-scotlands-strategy-contain-covid-19-unclear-westminster/?fbclid=IwAR3-mS7Btju-foIZopd8V55o1QOv1iK2H1zqEg4PU5k45QV4ROV63r_2_JQ
  7. I have no idea how anyone would vote for Johnson, Tam.
  8. The recoveries are announced every day at first minister's briefings in Scotland, Tam. Scotland have higher than global rates of recover and much higher rate of recovery than England.
  9. Some interesting vaccine developments. 'A coronavirus vaccine being developed by Oxford University has begun human trials with the first two patients being injected with the potential vaccine. Two volunteers were injected on Thursday, with one receiving the vaccine and the other receiving a control - a widely available meningitis vaccine, the University said. The pair will be monitored for 48 hours, before six more people enter the trial on Saturday and a larger number will join at the beginning of next week. Researchers said if transmission in the community remains high they may have enough data to see if the vaccine works “in a couple of months”, but if transmission levels drop it could take up to six months. Scientists at Oxford have previously said the aim is to produce a million doses of the vaccine by September. Around 1,110 people will take part in the trial with half being injected with control and half with the vaccine. Professor Sarah Gilbert, who is leading the Oxford vaccine team, has previously said she’s “80% confident” the vaccine will work. The vaccine has been made from a weakened version of a common cold virus that causes infections in chimpanzees, which has been modified so it is impossible to grow in humans. Proteins from the Covid-19 virus - Spike glycoprotein - have then been added. “We are hoping to make the body recognise and develop an immune response to the Spike protein that will help stop the SARS-CoV-2 virus from entering human cells and therefore prevent infection,” the University said.' https://www.marketwatch.com/story/oxford-university-coronavirus-vaccine-to-begin-human-trials-on-thursday-as-uk-throws-everything-at-vital-breakthrough-2020-04-21?mod=mw_more_headlines
  10. That's very interesting, Yonza. I wonder f this is the case would it be helpful in the production of a new vaccine?
  11. Yes, had read about the children who were becoming ill. Does seem very odd. Frightening that this virus is so sinister and dangerous. Hope they will find a vaccine miraculously quickly.
  12. Thanks, Yonza. I saw that report about the numbers of children developing inflammatory illness. Very interesting about the smoking. A while back I had seen that one of the reasons for higher numbers of male deaths in China had been related to higher incidence of mortality among males as few women smoke in China. Now we see that deaths in China much lower than in number of European countries. I think the discussions around Vit D3 are interesting as people with darker skins do not absorb D3 through sunlight so easily. I read a very interesting feature about the numbers of black population dying in Detroil from Covid-19. https://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/the-coronavirus-and-inequality-meet-in-detroit The Panorama Programme on Coronavirus and PPE is absolutely damning. Abysmal failures by UK Government – ignoring warnings regarding stockpiling PPE, then downgrading of pandemic and guidelines changed so that NHS frontline staff's protection reduced. Horrifying and hard to watch. https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000hr3y/panorama-has-the-government-failed-the-nhs
  13. Absolutely damning Panorama. UK Government's many failures regarding provision of PPE and attempts at cover up disclosed. https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000hr3y/panorama-has-the-government-failed-the-nhs
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