Happy New Year, Threadizens.
It's been ages since I had enough time to visit here and actually post something, and I wasn't sure if I'd have time today but there were a few items which caught my eye and one or two which had me jump out of this uncomfortable seat. So here are some notes from an old geezer on our small island.
Way back in March, around the second week, the CEO of the small company I work for sent all but essential staff home from the London office. He'd seen the writing on the wall and made the right decision. Since then I've been back to the office only once, for a meeting in September, finding out whilst there that of the 50 occupants of that office there had been five individuals off work with COVID-19 in the third week of March, including me. When I had it I thought it was flu, same as the other four, not this exotic new disease - and I didn't know for sure until I registered as a "convalescent plasma donor", gave a pint, then got quickly recalled to do it again. The others were determined positive by testing. Our experiences of the disease were similar. So yes, I know people who have had the disease, it's not a myth and neither is it a "Plandemic".
Masks are cheap and effective - but not so much for you as who you are talking to. Wear your mask when you're around other people, or likely to be. Please. There's abundant evidence to support mask wearing and those who choose not to because of some warped idea about freedom deserve to be shamed.
Avoid this new disease. Too many viruses have a vicious sting in the tail:
Chickenpox -> shingles
Measles -> SSPE (about 1/1500 cases die of encephalitis some years after infection)
Hepatitis B and C -> liver cancer
HPV -> oral and genital cancers
Polio -> can't remember but it's unpleasant
Get the vaccine at your first opportunity. It's your best defence against this disease. Millions of recipients vs a few hundred adverse reactions, it's thousands of times safer than the disease - which could kill you. The allergic reactions are easy to treat, Covid is not.
I understand this stuff. It's years since I did a Microbiology degree and followed it up with a PhD in Biochemistry, but neither the interest nor the knowledge ever wane. Our Medical microbiology lecturer, a chap called Hugh Pennington (who used to be dragged in front of the cameras during flu epidemics) often reminded us that a severe pandemic was long overdue, and this is it.
I can't find anyone in my circle of friends, or even Facebook acquaintances, who sees former POTUS Trump as anything other than an international joke, a lying clown hell bent on self aggrandisement, putting himself before the country he's supposed to represent. A dark chapter in the history of the USA is coming to an end and in a week or two (if things go as planned because the mad cretin could yet screw things up) the entire world will breathe a collective sigh of relief as your new POTUS is sworn in.
This year will be so much better than last year!