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Ellie

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What do we know of the Indian variant? Does the vaccine work against it?
All I know is that my friend’s sister who is an immigration officer at Heathrow, now has to isolate because a bunch of people are crossing the border to Pakistan to fly from there instead to get around suspicion of the variant, but still testing positive for it on arrival :rolleyes:
 

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What do we know of the Indian variant? Does the vaccine work against it?
As I understand it, we should certainly be keeping an eye on this and other variants (that's just responsible) but complete vaccine escape is very unlikely and mostly a notion bigged up by the media to sell papers / get clicks.

Its well worth following this furry right here who is a molecular biologist and a sane and well informed voice in a sea of nonsense:


(they do get down into layman terms within the threads)
 

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@Cloud by complete vaccine escape do you mean that the vaccine is unlikely to work against all variants? Sorry darling, that link you posted is all gobbledygook to me.
 

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@Cloud by complete vaccine escape do you mean that the vaccine is unlikely to work against all variants? Sorry darling, that link you posted is all gobbledygook to me.
A variant that achieves complete vaccine escape means that the current vaccines just wouldn't work at all on that variant. They are saying that this is very unlikely to happen.
 

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I think the worst case with a variant seems to be that a vaccine is less likely to protect against infection, but it’s still able to prevent serious illness/hospitalisation/death.
 

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Yeah I think for the most part the concern about them is how it does things like the Kent one where it is easier to spread and raises "R", needing tighter lockdowns - or a variant requires more % vaccinated for herd immunity or whatever. They highlight the importance of getting everyone vaccinated ASAP so things can be brought under control and hopefully stay there via test and trace in those who do get it.

however a "doomsday" variant that gets around immunity to the point that it causes severe disease is possible (just very unlikely) so we keep an eye on variants of concern and keep updating the vaccines just in case. Each time the virus replicates in a host (which in an infected host is many many times), as I understand it, it's like a lottery ticket that might win a prize of a mutation. We're hoping countries like India get things under control so that they're not playing too many lottery tickets.
 

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Happy days! Really feels like science is getting on top of this thing.

Edit: Seems to have been deleted and reworded, link updated
 
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It really is a tragic example of what happens if you don’t (or can’t) do much in terms of lockdowns. And yet there are still lots of people in the world who think Covid is fake :/

Hopefully they get moving with that vaccine
 

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I'm more surprised India haven't already been in this situation. Restrictions have been minimal, and say, Brazil being hit harder than India seems surprising given the higher population density in the latter.

But it's just more reminders that nobody is safe until we're all safe. I can't see a proper return to international travel for five years at least.
 

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It'll do the planet good. Not so good news for people with family in other countries (such as India) though
 

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On the positive side with the UKs vaccine roll out has shown it can shift things. I just hope we help the rest of the world, but I have little faith in our government
 

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On the positive side with the UKs vaccine roll out has shown it can shift things. I just hope we help the rest of the world, but I have little faith in our government

Has it shown that? We don’t know anything yet...it’s still early days and we’re also hitting summer, when it will naturally die down. Yes, we’re in a very fortunate position, but I don’t think we’re out of the woods at all.
 

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Has it shown that? We don’t know anything yet...it’s still early days and we’re also hitting summer, when it will naturally die down. Yes, we’re in a very fortunate position, but I don’t think we’re out of the woods at all.

Apparently we're no longer in a pandemic. But yes, I guess that's based on the tail end of lockdown, vaccines and border controls. But if we can stem the spread of variants, then I guess we should be good.
 

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I think the border control is going to let us down.I don't imagine it'll be anything as bad as we've been through but I wouldn't be suprised if there's another small wave towards the end of summer
 

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Has it shown that? We don’t know anything yet...it’s still early days and we’re also hitting summer, when it will naturally die down. Yes, we’re in a very fortunate position, but I don’t think we’re out of the woods at all.

There has been quite a bit out there showing how effective it has been.

The most striking for me was a study released the other day showing that of the 70,000 or so hospitalisations in the last however many months, 32 of them were people who had been vaccinated at least 3 weeks prior.
 

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They’ve suspended flights from India and Pakistan for the next 30 days here.

The situation here is the worst it’s been (not as bad as India) but the premier was on tv yesterday crying and apologizing for fucking up after everyone turned on him and were pressuring him to resign.

At least they lowered the AZ eligibility to 40 which helped move the extra stock they had just sitting.
 

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The footage from India is horrific. The Sky News reporter literally stopped her report today at lunchtime to focus on bodybags being rolled out on stretchers in the street, passed other people lying unconscious.
 

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It's shocking, even footage from inside the hospitals is mad. When you compare it to covid wards here where staff are fully PPE'd up, these doctors barely have more than a mask and hair net on.
 

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So there’s an anti lockdown protest happening in LONDON :D

Apparently restaurants, gyms, pubs, shops, hairdressers etc reopening and the fact you can meet with anyone outside ISN‘T ENOUGH. GILLIAN MCKEITH is also there :D



GO AND FAINT IN A JUNGLE AGAIN YOU DAFT CUNT
 

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It was actually an anti COVID vaccine protest, as far as I can tell. I know this because I got stuck right in the middle of it on my bike which was very stressful.

No masks or social distancing obviously but the shitload of cops in and around the protest were doing sweet fuck all this time. FUNNY THAT.
 

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It's a shame that herd immunity is actually a thing. Otherwise this lot would have hopefully dropped dead.
 

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Some of the stories in this thread:


Really made me advocate the idea of the more extreme denial idiots fucking dying. Some of them to free up a bed for someone who deserves it, some of them by the way of a bullet to the back of the head to protect others. (One that comes to mind is the one who decided, while infected and denying it, to spit at a nurse recovering from chemo. In the authoritarian fantasy land I made in my head reading that, you would NOT want to make a potentially deadly assault on someone who's helping to save lives, because there'd be someone there ready to end you if you did)
 
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Is COVID 19 the source of China's Wuhan virus Institute
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Some of the stories in this thread:


Really made me advocate the idea of the more extreme denial idiots fucking dying. Some of them to free up a bed for someone who deserves it, some of them by the way of a bullet to the back of the head to protect others. (One that comes to mind is the one who decided, while infected and denying it, to spit at a nurse recovering from chemo. In the authoritarian fantasy land I made in my head reading that, you would NOT want to make a potentially deadly assault on someone who's helping to save lives, because there'd be someone there ready to end you if you did)

That is genuinely fascinating and everything I hoped it would be.
 

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What is the situation for everyone working from home? Are you all heading back to the office shortly?
 

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We're going to be hybrid working too, but without any specific direction as to how often to be in the office. I suspect many just won't bother much at all.
 

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We're home office at the very least until the end of May, presumably until mid-June. Then I guess it'll be hybrid working in our case, too. I really could do with 2 days or so per week in the office at this point.
 

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Most will be working from home, I will be doing half and half. But the office won’t be open anytime soon.
 

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We were all recalled on the 12th but also Fridays are cancelled and you need to do your 37 hours Mon-Thu instead.

To be honest I was pissed off but am coming around to it. Fridays were only 5 hours. I'm in 15 minutes earlier and leave 30 minutes later, along with taking a 30 minute lunch instead of an hour, and get a 3 day weekend.
 

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Ok not exactly the same as office work but uni are keeping the same method of teaching into the next academic year for now, so just in one morning/afternoon a week :(
 

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Its very interesting to see companies scrambling to do something that many people have been doing for years. Hybrid ftw.
 

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