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interesting to see the use of PPE in normal times

......on 29 Dec we had a 10hr corridor wait admitting my (now 102 year old) Dad to WorcesterRI with a severe chest infection.

Any patients with flu symptoms (not Dad) were being isolated in a separate room, with both them & their relatives being issued with full face plastic visor masks - all the medics had full PPE

..... And this was just for flu!!!

Now that's interesting. I'm getting suspicious of the apparent downgrading of PPE - and if Public Health England have a justified reason for doing this they should be explaining it better
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@alasdair.graham, to an extent, in the absence of a treatment*, everyone is effectively going into hospital today for "best supportive" care. So the Excel plan is in some ways no worse, other than a worse experience. *, OK anti-biotics where appropriate, but nothing vs. the virus.


Hospitals have the correct equipment and facilities to look after people properly, at best this field hospital will have tanks of oxygen by every bed, it will be an absolute breeding ground for spreading the virus to the staff there as well.
I do realise we have no choice tho
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cameronphillips2000 wrote:
snowhound wrote:
@cameronphillips2000,
The death rate per infection is nowhere near 5%, that is even higher than the death rate per positive test which are only being performed on Ill people in hospital. With many more people likely infected but asymptotic, the infection rate is somewhere near likely 0.5% and even lower than that if you are young or healthy.


Nobody knows.
In Italy it's very high. In Germany very low
I would suggest the Gernan figure is more accurate as they have an extensive testing system.


The WHO currently estimates the fatality rate at 0 035%


I am less interested in the death rate v positive tests, as this is not a consistent measure.............but I still cant get my head round the low overall deaths in Germany v immediate neighbours??????

Current figures (RHS), deaths per Million pop - I have just pasted the first page. UK number is 6, Germany currently on 2, same as USA/China.

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I posted an ad for my holiday home on another thread for someone who may want to lick themselves away for a couple of months.

I've never tried that ... at what point do you disappear entirely? Laughing
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Article in theTelegraph - premium, so behind a paywall:
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/03/24/criminal-investigation-austria-ski-resort-hundreds-infected/
It's Ischgl.
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@altis, high blood pressure or diabetes?
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Interesting paper from Oxford, suggesting possibly a much wider spread of infection than considered elsewhere, haven't read in detail, just downloaded and printed.

Key point, serological testing required to establish actual exposure rates.

https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2020/03/oxford-study-coronavirus-may-have-infected-half-of-u-k.html
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@under a new name, yup, I read it yesterday, but... it reads to me like an exercise in fitting a model to a crucial hypothesis: "our overall approach rests on the ASSUMPTION that only a very small proportion of the population is at risk of hospitalisable illness". i.e. based on that assumption, they can build a model that explains the current epidemiology by implying mass infection.

Edited (since you also edited yours Razz ) to say I totally agree, as does absolutely everybody involved in this, that antibody and RNA testing are crucial. This makes the lack of testing all the more appalling.
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@snowdave, One has to wonder doesn't one, as to why it isn't happening? At least the Ig testing, takes a pinprick and 10 minutes. RNA testing admittedly resource intensive.
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Prince Charles got a test. Maybe front line NHS workers can get one.

I see Switzerland now has th2 highest number of cases per capita. I wonder how much this is linked with skiing?
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cameronphillips2000 wrote:
snowhound wrote:
@cameronphillips2000,
The death rate per infection is nowhere near 5%, that is even higher than the death rate per positive test which are only being performed on Ill people in hospital. With many more people likely infected but asymptotic, the infection rate is somewhere near likely 0.5% and even lower than that if you are young or healthy.


Nobody knows.
In Italy it's very high. In Germany very low
I would suggest the Gernan figure is more accurate as they have an extensive testing system.


The WHO currently estimates the fatality rate at 0 035%


I am less interested in the death rate v positive tests, as this is not a consistent measure.............but I still cant get my head round the low overall deaths in Germany v immediate neighbours??????

Current figures (RHS), deaths per Million pop - I have just pasted the first page. UK number is 6, Germany currently on 2, same as USA/China.



I’m still trying to decide whether to normalise things per population is the right measure or not as this has generally been a very regional thing. A massive non-affected population outside Wuhan region will distort population based figures, for example. I think per population measures only make sense when you know or can assume the virus has spread through that population?
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@alasdair.graham, to an extent, in the absence of a treatment*, everyone is effectively going into hospital today for "best supportive" care. So the Excel plan is in some ways no worse, other than a worse experience. *, OK anti-biotics where appropriate, but nothing vs. the virus.


I don't know if C4 do podcasts but Channel 4 news had a professor of acute medicine from a London hospital for ten minutes.
It was the most enlightening interview I-'ve seen since the outbreak.

I believe I saw that. I think he said something like - One reckless person with CV, can set of an exponential rate chain of infection, that would overwhelm the ICU of a big hospital - so not paying attention to Isolation advice is criminal.
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cameronphillips2000 wrote:
altis wrote:
Some medical bod on the radio last night suggested that Italy has a high proportion of elderly, a high proportion of smokers (twice that of UK) and one other factor which escapes me at the moment.


It does have the oldest population profile in Europe. But Gernany is 2nd.

Japan has the oldest population in the world.

But they don’t have a full fledge outbreak.
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Interesting paper from Oxford, suggesting possibly a much wider spread of infection than considered elsewhere, haven't read in detail, just downloaded and printed.

Key point, serological testing required to establish actual exposure rates.

https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2020/03/oxford-study-coronavirus-may-have-infected-half-of-u-k.html


Mrs has just told me we now have five people we know who have it, up one from ten mins ago.
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cameronphillips2000 wrote:
altis wrote:
Some medical bod on the radio last night suggested that Italy has a high proportion of elderly, a high proportion of smokers (twice that of UK) and one other factor which escapes me at the moment.


It does have the oldest population profile in Europe. But Gernany is 2nd.

Japan has the oldest population in the world.

But they don’t have a full fledge outbreak.


Or not that we know about maybe? I have friends who have been working in Japanese resorts this winter who have said that people have been turned away from being tested when they have symptoms and they've been trying to play it down over there to try and protect the image, so who knows. Be interesting to see what happens now the Olympics is delayed...
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It’s very difficult to compare data from different countries. Everyone is measuring infection and death rates very differently, testing programmes are different. Italy count every death with Coronavirus as having been caused by Coronavirus. Some countries are testing the whole population with or without symptoms, others are only measuring people in hospital with symptoms etc....
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abc wrote:
cameronphillips2000 wrote:
altis wrote:
Some medical bod on the radio last night suggested that Italy has a high proportion of elderly, a high proportion of smokers (twice that of UK) and one other factor which escapes me at the moment.


It does have the oldest population profile in Europe. But Gernany is 2nd.

Japan has the oldest population in the world.

But they don’t have a full fledge outbreak.


The mortality rate is linked to age. But not tbe rate it spreads.
Asia we t for swift and early testing and locked it down.
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snowhound wrote:
It’s very difficult to compare data from different countries. Everyone is measuring infection and death rates very differently, testing programmes are different. Italy count every death with Coronavirus as having been caused by Coronavirus. Some countries are testing the whole population with or without symptoms, others are only measuring people in hospital with symptoms etc....

Personally, I think this is an important point and one that needs to be kept front and centre. It's also a point coming from our Govt advisers.
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Asia we t for swift and early testing and locked it down.
China didn't. Japan didn't. South Korea I think is a notable exception, and seemed particularly geared up to act as a result decisions taken following the SARS outbreak. Even so, they still had a widespread infection and a large number of deaths. I suspect that there are a number of Asian countries who don't have the level of national resources of South Korea who will not be able to follow the same actions take by the Koreans.
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snowhound wrote:
It’s very difficult to compare data from different countries. Everyone is measuring infection and death rates very differently, testing programmes are different. Italy count every death with Coronavirus as having been caused by Coronavirus. Some countries are testing the whole population with or without symptoms, others are only measuring people in hospital with symptoms etc....

Personally, I think this is an important point and one that needs to be kept front and centre. It's also a point coming from our Govt advisers.


Yes, totally agree. It must be very frustrating for those trying to make public health decisions based on this inconsistent data.

All health services should at least produce equipolent data imho, so that with data manipulation of different data sets that could be knocked into comparative data sets to compare countries & regions e.g. number of tests/1000 of population/ criteria for having undergone that test

Measured v control groups ( say random 1000 tests) to be able to plot your infection rates versus other countries experience, general population, risk groups, etc, etc, etc. These are basic requirements now & going forward imho.
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@snowdave, Have just had a bit of a look at it.

I think that the point is indeed a call for widespread testing, using a routine model framework and calibrated other than the fraction susceptible to serious disease using inputs that seem generally agreed on as reasonable (e.g. R).

I think the underlying point is that they are seeing a good model-to-observation fit if the susceptibility variable is around 1% and so it's not unreasonable to suggest that this could be the actual situation but without robust sampling, there's a great big blind spot in the planning dashboard.

I think...
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@cameronphillips2000, it's been a frustration for us to see celebs and politicians getting tests even tho' they don't meet the criteria, whereas NHS staff can't get them and are taken out of work (or at least have their effectiveness impacted by remote working).
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@under a new name, agreed - it appears they're saying that they can fit a model to the data (as I suspect could any decent analyst) but there isn't enough data to tell them which model fits. I think their point is that the same flaw exists with the Imperial modelling.
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@snowdave, Yep, that too I think. Oh and yes re. testing of persons of much fame but little useful substance.
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In the mid nineteen forties, scientists became more powerful than politicians. We are now in the same situation again. Despite Cummings thinking he knew the maths the best it seems the UK government is now listening to the scientists more than the advisors.

There is one anomaly though. A certain Mr Trump.
If there is one time in world history that you wouldn't want a Maverick in charge, it is now.
I feel for them more than ever today. New York will see more deaths than 9/11 if Trump continues thecway he has managed things so far.
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In the mid nineteen forties, scientists became more powerful than politicians. We are now in the same situation again. Despite Cummings thinking he knew the maths the best it seems the UK government is now listening to the scientists more than the advisors.

There is one anomaly though. A certain Mr Trump.
If there is one time in world history that you wouldn't want a Maverick in charge, it is now.
I feel for them more than ever today. New York will see more deaths than 9/11 if Trump continues thecway he has managed things so far.
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cameronphillips2000 wrote:
In the mid nineteen forties, scientists became more powerful than politicians. We are now in the same situation again. Despite Cummings thinking he knew the maths the best it seems the UK government is now listening to the scientists more than the advisors.

There is one anomaly though. A certain Mr Trump.
If there is one time in world history that you wouldn't want a Maverick in charge, it is now.
I feel for them more than ever today. New York will see more deaths than 9/11 if Trump continues thecway he has managed things so far.



EU corona deaths = 13,500
US corona deaths = 800

It is clear which region is the anomaly.

EU disaster, as always.
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@Whitegold, That's like comparing Italy deaths to other EU countries before they had any, and saying they were responsible for a disaster.

As usual, you compare unrelatable stats and come up with a boll**ks conclusion.

USA is behind Europe in this situation. Let's see what the total is at the end. 1/3 of their population do not have health care, and Trump is still in denial about the scale of the situation.
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I've just remembered the third thing he said about Italy: antibiotics are commonly not as effective as they are here. Although an antibiotic is no use directly against a virus they are effective against pneumonia which commonly gets in aftetwards. Presumably, they have used more in the past and the bugs there have built up a resistance.
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Whitegold wrote:

EU corona deaths = 13,500
US corona deaths = 800

It is clear which region is the anomaly.

EU disaster, as always.

Come back in 2 weeks and update the number
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cameronphillips2000 wrote:
altis wrote:
Some medical bod on the radio last night suggested that Italy has a high proportion of elderly, a high proportion of smokers (twice that of UK) and one other factor which escapes me at the moment.


It does have the oldest population profile in Europe. But Gernany is 2nd.

Japan has the oldest population in the world.

But they don’t have a full fledge outbreak.


Or not that we know about maybe? I have friends who have been working in Japanese resorts this winter who have said that people have been turned away from being tested when they have symptoms and they've been trying to play it down over there to try and protect the image, so who knows. Be interesting to see what happens now the Olympics is delayed...

They maybe under-counting to uphold an "image". But if there's a huge outbreak, no way it would go unnoticed. I'm satisfied there isn't a "full fledge" outbreak. No country, even one as tightly controlled as China, can hide a large outbreak.
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I found this table ("Confirmed Cases and Deaths by Country") at: https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus

Particular interesting is the column "Total recovered".

China: total case, 80 thousand, total recovered, 73 thousand. Granted, China is not the most trustworthy country.

South Korea is probably a better example: total case 90k, recovered 37k.

Now look at Europe. Italy, Spain both have 10's of thousand cases, with recovered cases in thousands. They're still deep in the mist of it.

US.
It's got almost as many cases as Italy, but how many "recovered"? a few hundred! (in fact, the next column "active case", US already passed Italy! Sad )

The worst is yet to come for my countryman, I'm afraid.
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@abc, do they say what the definition of 'recovered' is? For example, S.Korea 90K confirmed cases and 37K recovered - what category do the other 53K fall in to? They haven't had that many fatalities, so does it mean "not yet recovered"? Does it mean "still alive but with some lasting impairment"?
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@rob@rar, I very much doubt it's the last. That one will probably wait for months.

I believe the common definition of "recovered" is testing negative 2 (or 3) days, after a confirmed positive test
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@rob@rar, I very much doubt it's the last. That one will probably wait for months.

I believe the common definition of "recovered" is testing negative 2 (or 3) days, after a confirmed positive test
Thanks.
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I heard today, that people start to get the pneumonia stage generally after about 8 days of the cough, though this is variable.
So many countries are at such different stage if you click on each individual country on the above link then it gives day by day breakdowns for each country.
Italy seem have have had and extra 5200 new cases for the last 2 days having peaked at 0ver 6000 on Saturday. It's all about reducing the trend in new cases now. I sincerely hope it calls in coming days in Italy. New cases have thankfully fallen today in Spain. Both of thse countries are consdierably in to the lockdown.
The worrying trend is in the States with more new cases today than Italy or Spain have had ion one day. They are significantly Spain and Italy in the lockdown so, hopefully they will show decreases by this time next wekk, if not, before.
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I've just remembered the third thing he said about Italy: antibiotics are commonly not as effective as they are here. Although an antibiotic is no use directly against a virus they are effective against pneumonia which commonly gets in aftetwards. Presumably, they have used more in the past and the bugs there have built up a resistance.

The main problem appears to be an inflammatory pneumonitis rather than a bacterial pneumonia. Antibiotics are probably not going to make much difference in most cases.
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@Whitegold 'EU disaster, as always.'

London: 143 deaths
New York: 210 deaths

The President's response? "You can't just come in and say, 'Let's close up the United States of America, the most successful country in the world by far."

Money before people, America's Manifest Destiny in action. Not for me. Give me Europe over a Trump America every time.


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Not ski holiday related, but info for anyone renting out holiday accommodation in the UK . https://www.gov.uk/guidance/covid-19-advice-for-accommodation-providers?fbclid=IwAR3U3tmgJmDnMxfKZINSe_i88aoX46InLyqnQND5o9jM7wkJ40AUutifD3A
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agreed - if you view today's Dr John Campbell video, at 11:28
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the WHO says the United States is at risk of becoming a new epicentre


http://youtube.com/v/HJlLVpJu7ZQ
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