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mingmong - 16 May 2020 00:42:04 (#1 of 3990)

This could go on for a while.

But at some point, it will fade into the background and assume a place alongside all the other things that can kill you. Immunity will rise, the virus will mutate - probably into something less dangerous.

We may get a vaccine at some point.

Natascha - 16 May 2020 00:53:12 (#2 of 3990)

Subscribes. Thanks, Bint.

Natascha - 16 May 2020 00:54:05 (#3 of 3990)

News is that the Oxford vaccine is looking promising at an early stage.

mingmong - 16 May 2020 00:54:16 (#4 of 3990)

Yup. Good news.

mingmong - 16 May 2020 00:56:51 (#5 of 3990)

Slight reservations about taking it myself though, have to admit. Something that has been developed that quickly, and under that much pressure.

The priority recipients would presumably be the people currently being shielded, with underlying conditions etc. Maybe the rest would be permitted to take our chances.

Tripos - 16 May 2020 01:06:30 (#6 of 3990)

The pressure has been unremitting for many years.

robespere - 16 May 2020 01:37:16 (#7 of 3990)

Any vaccine will be like flu vaccine and only effective against the current strain?

Tripos - 16 May 2020 01:38:49 (#8 of 3990)

That seems about right.

Smollett - 16 May 2020 02:00:41 (#9 of 3990)

Priority recipients should surely be members of the Cabinet. They could then all be placed in a carriage on the Circle Line and left to sweat.

Tripos - 16 May 2020 03:32:33 (#10 of 3990)

As long as the train does not stop for a year.

browserbutton - 16 May 2020 05:58:32 (#11 of 3990)

We should envy America -- they'll be getting a Warp Speed vaccine by the end of the year, their President has promised.

"Vote for MEEE and you'll get it for FREEE!"

CarlosFandango - 16 May 2020 06:42:04 (#12 of 3990)

Trump and warp are basically synonyms.

AlanII - 16 May 2020 06:52:01 (#13 of 3990)

He calls it the super duper vaccine.

machiavelli - 16 May 2020 07:13:33 (#14 of 3990)

Local emergency planning teams tasked with responding to Covid-19 say their effectiveness has been compromised by the top-down, uncommunicative and controlling approach to the crisis by central government,

But...but...I thought the Tories were all about a small state not controlling everything that people do?

col2001 - 16 May 2020 08:31:49 (#15 of 3990)


This is from the DfE Guidance published 15 May:


3. The impact of reopening on transmission within settings and the population

The transmission rate of coronavirus (COVID-19) has decreased and testing capacity has increased in preparation for the rollout of contact tracing. We anticipate that by the week commencing 1 June a greater number of children can return to education and childcare settings, provided that the five key tests set by government justify the changes at the time, including that the rate of infection is decreasing. As a result, we are asking schools and childcare to plan on this basis.

b The changes proposed from 11 May are expected to allow R to remain below 1 if adherence rates to social distancing measures do not drop. Any changes in adherence rates or behavioural changes could have a much larger impact on R.

[my bolding]

nemo75 - 16 May 2020 08:37:24 (#16 of 3990)

Sounds reasonable.

col2001 - 16 May 2020 08:50:04 (#17 of 3990)

What will be the actual impact on transmission rates of reopening?

Given social distancing cannot work in schools and PPE not in use?

Tripos - 16 May 2020 08:52:14 (#18 of 3990)

Previously, the Government said that schools have very little effect on the transmission of the virus.

machiavelli - 16 May 2020 08:52:54 (#19 of 3990)

I overheard two mums saying that the schools may as well wait until September.

bossab2 - 16 May 2020 08:53:05 (#20 of 3990)

The Gov are just guessing.

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