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Johnson is determined to get all Uni students home for Christmas so that no-one can label him scrooge. Bringing any germs (not just Covid) back from their crowded residences - where it is not their fault if it spreads - there was a desperate student from one area with a cluster building, saying of course they were passing it around - they absolutely were not partying, but he lived in a student residence with 700 students - and - ONE LIFT.

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It's sad to hear, as the rest of the world goes into winter that numbers are going up again. I'm sure everyone will be taking note and comparing the results from last year - looking for signs of improvement.

 

Today, for the first time in over 100 days (and our SECOND lockdown)… I was able to leave my 5km radius. A big deal for me as we have no friends or family in that bubble. We went for a walk in the botanical gardens for some exercise (masked up, as is the law), and enjoyed an overcast spring day. We still have a while to go before other restrictions ease, and I can imagine we'll be wearing masks for a long time yet. But it was nice to get a slice of freedom back, we really needed it.

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They sent a guy I work with home Saturday night, they do that if you have two or more Covid symptoms. So we just sanitized everything and hoped for the best. But I saw his girlfriend last night (she works there too, in a different area) and she said he's better already and wants to come back to work. He has to wait for his test results before they let him, though. So I'm almost sure he doesn't have it. It's just some crud that's going around. 

 

The difference is that now everybody worries every time somebody gets sick, and headaches are a symptom, bodyaches, chills, fever, diarrhea, cough...literally everything. And we're heading into cold season. People are going to be stressing, worrying that everybody with a sniffle might have it.

I'm glad he's probably Ok though. He's one of the better people I work with.

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I am in the blessed and lucky country of Australia where we have had few cases than most of the developed world.  In fact, I live in Western Australia where we have had a "hard" border closure since April.  This has resulted in us not having any community transmission for around 4 months now.  It's almost back to normal.  Still I find myself missing the lockdown times where there was less to do and more time to rest and reflect.

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3 hours ago, ilweran said:

Well Wales is back in full lockdown from 6pm Friday. For two weeks. Next week is half term, so it seems like sensible timing, though primary schools will be open as usual for the second week. Lets just hope it is enough to make a difference.

Yes, I heard that. If you are among the first locations to be back in full lockdown, you won't be the only ones in my opinion. Here I won't be surprised that things evolve that way too...

Europe is facing a second wave...

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Well... the situation with the Covid in my country seems worse than in spring. Likely the virus has mutated (and apparently several times according to scientists) so a possible vaccine isn't for tomorrow! Long term problem unfortunately I guess. I wear disposable masks now, not anymore in fabric.

 

They said and did anything, didn't learn from their mistakes and so on (too much lax otherwise). It's really possible that we'll still be with a lockdown for Christmas, with all the consequences on our economy. In addition we are facing major issues with terrorism!

 

ETA: otherwise you will probably be shocked but I heard that there are people who refuse to wear a mask in medical waiting rooms (or in pharmacies, which is against the law!), but they let them do (too often), because the problem is repetitive and they don't want to be attacked.

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1 hour ago, Decan said:

ETA: otherwise you will probably be shocked but I heard that there are people who refuse to wear a mask in medical waiting rooms (or in pharmacies, which is against the law!), but they let them do (too often), because the problem is repetitive and they don't want to be attacked.

 

I'm not surprised at all, though I'd hoped the French were smarter than that. It's common in the US, and there's videos galore of maskless store customers fighting with the help over it, screaming, coughing on people. They seem to think it's political and "their side" doesn't buy the "hoax" of COVID 19, and they are exercising their "freedom" and their "rights". But there is nothing political about wearing a mask in a pandemic. If they can wear a seatbelt they can mask up.

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2 hours ago, katrinka said:

 

I'm not surprised at all, though I'd hoped the French were smarter than that. It's common in the US, and there's videos galore of maskless store customers fighting with the help over it, screaming, coughing on people. They seem to think it's political and "their side" doesn't buy the "hoax" of COVID 19, and they are exercising their "freedom" and their "rights". But there is nothing political about wearing a mask in a pandemic. If they can wear a seatbelt they can mask up.

Hmm, not all are smarter than that unfortunately.

Actually it's quite the same but at a much lower level. In the US things look often extreme from what I can see, but violence is increasing here too.

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Locally there seems to be very high compliance with mask wearing, I've not seen anyone in a shop without a mask.

 

We've just come out of our two week firebreak lockdown, I guess we'll see if it helped soon.

 

I seem to be developing collage as a new hobby and trying to get my son into it as an alternative to the tv. He has watched far too much television this year!

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I have hardly seen anyone up here maskless. But when I was in the London area - I was appalled. I thought my sister was being silly when she mentioned how few people in her supermarket wore them She actually wasn't exaggerating. And the offenders were mostly young and middle ages adults. ALL the youngsters were almost religious in their observance,.

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1 hour ago, katrinka said:

They wear them in the stores here, but they walk around with their noses hanging out so there's really no point. 
Texas. Yee haw.  🐮 😭

 There are a few of those here, but most people seem to have got the idea.

 

The not seeing my husbands family is wearing me down now, we've not seen them since Christmas, when our newest niece was a few weeks old. And all the rest of our nieces and nephews will be a year older. And of course they won't have seen our son.

 

I'm supposed to be working so I'd better go do something useful. This last week I've really lost my motivation, I would prefer to do the nice things I want to do rather than the work stuff that reminds me of the current situation.

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...and they began to vaccine here and there!

At least in my country not in an authoritarian way (but for very old people in nursing homes they probably won't have the choice). Otherwise there will be huge encouragements to be vaccined (even Obama and Elisabeth II said that they will be vaccined I heard?).

Just so that you laught a bit on this serious matter, at our government they said that this won't be an obligation for them because they don't want to come before people who need the most of the vaccine (very old people for example), that's so kind 🙂

Okay okay, I won't run after this vaccine made in a hurry, actually I even look at it with a sort of perplexity (since a vaccine needs generally more than a few years to be made, well).

Mask and social distancing for me!

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The gold standard for drug trials is 30,000 people, half with the placebo. Usually it takes a couple of years to get those 30K people signed up, then a couple of years to see how the placebo folk do against the real thing. Rob and I were part of a world wide study when they were testing shingles vaccine for the 50-59 year old crowd. And that was about 18 more months after we got the shots as we were late to the total, before the trial was complete.

With Covid so rampant, with the 30K each different drug maker signed up, it hasn't taken nearly as long to complete the studies. 

 

I'm also part of a worldwide study involving my eye disease, I had a experimental implant last November, but because of Covid I've not be able to fly back to the clinic for further testing, I should have been back twice by now. 

 

It will be May before Rob and I will be eligible from the graphs I've seen for the US. So there will be millions of people before us, and if there are problems, it will be sorted out before it gets to us. Of course the rich and famous will get it long before the front line workers....

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I've watched Covid circle closer and closer to my personal life especially since October.  I live in the Puget Sound area of WA state.  We were the first place in the US to be hit but blessed with a govenor who took it seriously since Day 1.  As awful as the numbers were in the beginning and are now, they could have been a lot worse.

But my heart breaks every day for the victims and families and the front line workers and those poor hospital doctors and nurses who are going above and beyond every day and showing battle fatigue.  We're starting to lose them too.

I want to thank the entire TT&M community.  Just for being here and posting to each other about tarot.  Coming every morning since mid September, reading a lot of posts and dropping 1-2 of my own has done more to keep me out of depression over Covid the last few months than probably anything else.  It gives my life a tiny pocket of normalcy and a bigger one of purpose.   

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