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Posted in: Most COVID-19 patients have at least one symptom 6 months on: study See in context

My elder brother in the U.K. went down with Covid in April. He was bad but not hospitalised, however his breathing has still not recovered. It’s not a nice illness for the 50% that do show symptoms and the new variants are much more infectious. And for the deniers, he had no history of breathing problems.

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Posted in: Australia vows not to rush vaccine rollout, citing UK 'problems' See in context

P.Smith, having a hard time clarifying that. The entries I can find for the common noun form only discusses senior political leaders. I think in this case where the man in the Australian big chair’s title is Prime Minister, I’m going to stand by the evidence that premier as used in the article is fine. Happy to leave an open verdict on the question of its use for a President.

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Posted in: Australia vows not to rush vaccine rollout, citing UK 'problems' See in context

AustPaul, cracaphat, Hung Nguyen

You appear to be getting your proper and common nouns mixed up. Premier (upper case P) identifies an individual and is a proper noun, whereas the common noun premier (lower case) in this case identifies a class of person, ie national leaders.

The usage in the article is correct.

Also, in this case the Australian premier (( ◠‿◠ )/) is factually incorrect. The UK is ensuring newly manufactured batches of vaccine are tested.

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Posted in: UK pet owners have bone to pick with post-Brexit travel rules See in context

A small price to pay for the freedom to control their own lives.

That kind of control is an illusion. The pandemic is the best illustration of how much control people have. We’re all subject to what goes on around us. In a global society every international treaty relinquishes some sovereignty in exchange for the desired benefit. The Brexit deal is the only example I can think of where the new deal imposes more restrictions on people’s lives than the old. So much for freedom.

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Posted in: Study says Britain must vaccinate 2 million a week to prevent a third COVID-19 wave See in context

UK will be out if this mess in Feb.

Not likely, but with the AstraZeneca vaccine now approved the NHS can call on the staff at local GP surgeries to radically increase the vaccination rate. Realistically the UK could have the elderly, key workers, the vulnerable and the over 50s done by May.

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Posted in: Wearing someone else's face: Hyper-realistic masks to go on sale in Japan See in context

Very creepy. And ¥40,000 doesn’t seem like much payment for unlimited use of a persons face.

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Posted in: Black 'sand-like' asteroid dust found in capsule brought back by Japanese probe See in context

As impressive as it is to reach out so far and pluck a sample of an asteroid for return to earth, I’m glad that’s not all there is.

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Posted in: World watches as Britain probes adverse reactions to Pfizer vaccine See in context

Prioritising vulnerable people is the right thing to do. I’d be deeply concerned were any unvaccinated care workers looking after my loved ones.

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Posted in: Man who forced plane to land in Japan by refusing to wear mask continues stance at hotel See in context

I can definitely feel the mask restricting my airflow, and I keep suspecting I am inhaling little fibers

I read about a recent small study on the effects of wearing typical disposable surgical masks, by doctors at the Miami VA Medical Center. I’m sure it’s published, so you’ll be able to follow up. Anyway, they tested blood oxygen and CO2 content of COPD sufferers (with less than 50% lung function) and a control group following mask wearing and moderate exercise. The researchers found no differences in levels of oxygen or carbon dioxide circulating in any of the participants systems. This is good evidence that your body can get all the oxygen it needs and is not re-inhaling carbon dioxide while wearing a face covering.

Paper and plastic fibers will only damage your lungs if breathing in large quantities over a long period of time. Again there are many studies you can review, but if you’re worried you should seek reassurance from your doctor.

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Posted in: Court rules defunct eugenics law unconstitutional but denies damages See in context

The sterilizations were a lifetime sentence, no limitations applied. Paying any compensation shows the government has accepted the moral argument. They should conduct an impact assessment and compensate fairly. An apology isn’t too much to ask either.

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Posted in: After thousands of years in homes, traditional Japanese flooring goes modern See in context

Prefer natural wood flooring over tatami for its ease and longevity but these mats do look good.

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Posted in: Coronavirus stokes fears for UK music industry See in context

Sven Asai, stop scaremongering. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines report less than 2% of recipients having had severe side effects (severe described as restricting normal activity). The AstraZeneca and even the Russian Sputnik vaccines report only mild side effects similar to a flu vaccine. The only people that will be hesitant will be those who are foolish enough to listen to the constant disinformation. 98% chance of avoiding unpleasant side effects are pretty good odds and when most are vaccinated the music industry will have the chance to recover sooner rather than later.

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Posted in: Coronavirus stokes fears for UK music industry See in context

There’s no doubt it’s been a crap time. But with the end now in sight, after at least 55,000 UK dead I should think you’d count yourselves lucky you have a future.

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Posted in: Olympic athletes won't be forced to get COVID-19 vaccinations, says Bach See in context

Kurisupisu - what proof of safety have mRNA vaccines been shown to have?

There are no RNA vaccines in use at the moment but they show great promise in infectious disease and cancer control. Plus they are cheaper and easier to produce than standard vaccines. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines will be the first such vaccines to pass public safety testing...if they do. But it is looking promising.

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Posted in: Australia back on outbreak alert as one state reports jump in virus cases See in context

Memoryfix, you clearly have no concept of viruses or epidemiology. I recommend Wikipedia for some basic insights.

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Posted in: Australia back on outbreak alert as one state reports jump in virus cases See in context

The purpose of the lockdowns anywhere is to contain transmission, avoid overwhelming healthcare facilities and save lives. It’s not hard to understand. The financial costs attached to lockdowns are massive, but the costs attached to death are also huge. The humane approach is the right one.

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Posted in: Best Masknist Award 2020 held to honor pioneers in Japanese mask fashion See in context

toolonggone, it’s not about the mask, it’s about the mask wearer. Masknist is an ugly word, difficult to use and if it is a hangover from “Jeanist” just wrong. It’s just a bit of fun for publicity but...

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Posted in: Sega troubles continue as company asks hundreds of employees to quit See in context

Having seen the writing on the wall, VR with a package tends to attract those who can find other work, leaving the less capable behind. So beyond cutting costs there needs to be a plan for generating new business. Wonder what that is?

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Posted in: Increasingly normal: Guns seen outside vote-counting centers See in context

Protecting democracy with intimidation? Shame on you USA. Put the intimidation and toxic personality politics aside and return to the debate.

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Posted in: YouTuber, 2 others sent to prosecutors for stunt at Shibuya crossing See in context

The sheer number of people who think it’s clever to impose their low level arsery on the world is a grinding oppression we could do without. Consuming food that doesn’t belong to you is a crime. Deliberately causing an obstruction on a very busy crossing is a crime. I don’t think the guy needs the book throwing at him, but he is a d!?k. I suggest YouTube demonetise his anti social content and take away the reward for bad behaviour.

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Posted in: Internet trolls may not be the type of people you think they are, according to Japanese research See in context

At 30%, 30% and 31% respectively, does that not just suggest a broad spectrum of people engage in this behaviour? In other words, people from any background can have a chip on their shoulder. And you could surmise the internet provides both a source and an outlet for their frustrations.

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Posted in: New Zealand economy shrinks record 12% See in context

theResident, I don’t think we’re too far apart. Sweden did suffer a substantial economic hit (over 8% drop in GDP) albeit much less than some others. Sweden’s demographics also are poles apart from the far more densely populated Spain, Italy, UK etc. But it does seem they found their balance at an acceptable cost.

I do think that the lockdowns were demonstrated the quickest way to reduce the spread of infection, especially in densely populated areas. Now of course, following those lockdowns major cities are proving a real headache to keep a grip on. It’ll be a while before everyone can go about their lives unfettered by COVID-19. At least if we wish to keep our vulnerable and older people around for a bit longer.

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Posted in: New Zealand economy shrinks record 12% See in context

theResident - ' Lockdown ''didn't work/doesn't work/will not work. It creates financial ruin.

I think the evidence contradicts you there. If the plan is to limit spread of the disease, lockdown clearly works and saves lives.

Theres no denying lockdown has severe financial consequences. So having got the disease under some level of control the authorities have to find a balance between allowing people to live their lives and the deaths of those that will succumb to the disease. Some countries have done a better job of finding that balance than others but there’s no avoiding a financial sacrifice in order to save lives.

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Posted in: 22-year-old mother arrested for tossing newborn baby into sea See in context

It’s short article. She’s been charged with abandoning the baby’s body, not murder. Presumably there’ll be an autopsy to discover the cause of death. If turns out to be drowning then no doubt a murder charge will follow. That said the young woman was clearly in distress. I doubt many here have given birth alone at home. Try to show some compassion. Or at least leave it to the judges to pass sentence.

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Posted in: Naked men and drunks: England assesses reopening of pubs See in context

It is up to each person to assess their aversion to risk and their own situation. If you don't want to go out, just don't go. If you are at risk for various reasons, isolate yourself if you want to. Leave the rest of society alone.

Is it really too much to ask that people curtail a bit of excess in favour of allowing more people to return to work?

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Posted in: Scientists grow 'model' human embryos from stem cells See in context

Just to be clear, no humans at all were harmed in the making of this model and no creatures gestated. The ‘embryo like models’ were not capable of developing into a human baby.

Great rhetoric, poor science.

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Posted in: Police arrest 19 at London protest against social distancing See in context

Burning Bush, I disagree. And that’s because that group will then separate and potentially spread any contamination they come into contact with.

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Posted in: During the state of emergency in Japan, have you been getting takeout meals to support restaurants in your community or shopping more at supermarkets? See in context

Been having take away with her indoors each Friday instead of going to a restaurant. Otherwise everything prepared fresh at home. I think we’re eating better than ever.

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Posted in: Elderly people could carry a card saying, 'If I fall ill and am taken to hospital, treat young people first.' See in context

The over 60s are still human beings. This doctor appears to have left his empathy at home. Medical treatment should be provided on the basis of need. If treatment will cause more harm than good, or there’s a do not intervene request in place that’s all well and good. Otherwise need must be the humane deciding factor.

The economic contribution argument doesn’t wash either. The majority of pensioners aren’t just surviving on the state pension, most have private or company pensions and savings too. A fair chunk also go on to work well into retirement. The elderly are by no means “coasting”, the vast majority continue to contribute.

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Posted in: Police arrest 19 at London protest against social distancing See in context

Burning BushToday  08:22 am JST

“A guideline is not a law.

There is no law that says you can not be near your friends or family outside”.

Guidelines are not law it’s true. However the emergency legislation requires people to follow the guidelines. Think of the guidelines as an approved code of practice backed up by law.

The guidelines are there to reduce the risk not just of individual infection but further transmission. A person is free to do what they like, but that freedom stops when it harms others.

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