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For those who enjoyed watching the ISS
at 11:37 2 Apr 2020

A new comet has been discovered which should be visible to the naked eye in May:

https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/atlas-comet-visib

Won't be like Hale-Bopp but might still be good, especially if you can get a telescope on it.

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Observations on social distancing
at 09:30 2 Apr 2020

So I realise this is anecdotal but I also have some info to back it up from some local doctors.

I went for a cycle two days ago and passed through the orthodox Jewish community in Stamford Hill and they were not adhering to the social distancing rules in any way. Families were walking together chatting with 6 or 7 buggies and all the kids were playing together in communal spaces (20-30 kids at least). Groups of men were standing together much closer than 2m and chatting away.

The other cohort I noticed who didn't seem to be adhering to the advice were teenage couples although there were less of those around than I had seen previously.

I think on the whole the rules are being adhered to very well but I guess there are some communities and cohorts to whom the message has yet sunk in.

Anyone else noticed any specific examples of social distancing being ignored in a big way?

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More worrying news from India
at 16:39 1 Apr 2020

The first case has been confirmed in India's biggest slum in Mumbai. Given that it's likely it's been there at least a week:

"In worrying news from India, the first case of coronavirus has been confirmed in Mumbai’s Dharavi slum, according to local media. Up to a million people live crowded together in Dharavi, an area of just over 2.1 square kilometres."

For comparison Ipswich has ~135,000 people in ~40 square kilometers. People can't social distance in that kind of density.

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This is a really worrying stat
at 14:05 31 Mar 2020

Whilst Covid 19 is in nearly every African country it's not yet hit the curves it has in the West and fingers crossed it won't.

Stats like this are really worrying if it does though:

"The Norwegian Refugee Council has warned that there are currently three ventilators to help save the lives of coronavirus patients in the Central African Republic, a country of almost five million people, Jon Henley reports."

3 ventilators for 5,000,000 people. The equivalent of 36 for the entire UK.

I know we need them here and in Western countries but if it kicks off in Africa we are going to need to be ready to send some quickly. I saw Ford are going to make 50,000 in 100 days and 30,000 per month after that.

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New C-19 study in the Lancet based on data from China
at 08:03 31 Mar 2020

Some interesting new findings around the risk of hospitalisation for people in "middle age" from cases in China.

It estimates that 4.25% of 40-49 years and 8.16 of 50-59 years will require hospitalisation.

Obviously still hard to get a clear picture but they are estimating the overall mortality rate to be 0.66% (using estimates for undetected cases). For context, swine flu in 2009 was 0.02%.

https://www.thelancet.com/journals/laninf/article/PIIS1473-3099(20)30243-7/fullt

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NHS Nightingale
at 23:08 30 Mar 2020

Quite an incredible achievement, a 4000+ bed hospital which is going to be ready in roughly a week.

An incredible effort from everyone involved.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-52092253

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Don't try this at home
at 08:56 30 Mar 2020

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/mar/30/astrophysicist-gets-magne

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Still some people acting like fools
at 14:56 29 Mar 2020

On the whole I think the lockdown is being well observed, certainly around here and I don't really think it needs to be strengthened at the moment - people are listening.

Then you see this and you despair:



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Genetic analysis of Covid 19
at 18:16 28 Mar 2020

A good report which debunks the theories that C-19 was a genetically engineered weapon. I know most people don't believe that anyway but it's certainly been doing the rounds.

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41591-020-0820-9

Basically there are two main reasons it's not a weapon:

- It's actually not as good as SARS at binding to human cells. It's still good but if you were designing it then you'd use SARS as a base instead.

- The "backbone" of the virus is not derived from an existing virus. That would be a strange thing to do it you were engineering it. You would just use and existing one and then make the changes.

The paper then goes on to theorise on possible origins.

Obviously anyone believing a conspiracy will say this is just part of the conspiracy but it's nice to see these things debunked with detailed science.

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New Imperial study on the scale of C-19 globally
at 18:34 27 Mar 2020

According to a new Imperial study, if nothing at all was done about C-19 it would have resulted in 40,000,000 deaths globally this year:

https://www.imperial.ac.uk/news/196496/coronavirus-pandemic-could-have-caused-40

Given this do we now think it's time for some to stop pushing the following:

- It's no worse than the flu
- Lots of people die anyway, is this really worse than normal deaths
- The government are using this mild disease to take away civil liberties
- The mortality rate is low so it's not that bad

I am sure there are others than I've missed but it's been pretty awful from some on here lately.

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Anyone else seen the military out and about?
at 15:11 27 Mar 2020

Just saw them here. Hung around for 10 minutes, had a look around then left.

Am wondering if there will be enforced park closures at some point.

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The US has overtaken China in total infections
at 22:07 26 Mar 2020

Just announced they are at 81,378 which puts them past China (usual caveats apply with regards to Chinese numbers).

It's looking really bad over there, they don't seem to be anywhere close to their peak. It's impossibly hard when you have to battle a virus and your own president.

SB
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Patient Zero in UK
at 12:16 26 Mar 2020

Do people think it's a particularly good idea for the Telegraph to be splashing photos and interviews with people who *might* be patient zero in the UK?

It's probably impossible to actually say who was patient zero but this just seems like a bad idea (the same article could have been written with names hidden) given the behaviour and general attitudes of some of our fellow population.

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29 doctors in Italy have died of C-19
at 15:38 25 Mar 2020

Hadn't seen that mentioned until today. Shows the risks that health workers run in order to keep the rest of us going and that it can affect younger people as well given the environment to do so.

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Some possibly worrying numbers from Iran
at 11:49 25 Mar 2020

The usual caveats apply that numbers around C-19 are a bit all over the place at the moment but this is the first time I've seen numbers like these:

"Spokesman for Iran’s health ministry also announced 143 deaths in the same period raising the total number of deaths to 2,077.

Kiyanoosh Jahanpoor, Iranian health ministry spokesman said 68 % of the deaths are above 60 years old, 32 % are under 60."


That's a much larger amount of under 60's than anywhere else in the world is reporting so it could be the result of some inaccuracies.

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Putin not taking any chances
at 15:20 24 Mar 2020

This was how he turned up to a hospital today, a very impressive suit in comparison to the doctors:



We wouldn't want anything to jeopardise his presidency which now seems to be extended until 2036 despite the laws that used to exist to the contrary.

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Not unexpected but still not great reading
at 17:33 23 Mar 2020

"It took 67 days from the first reported case to reach the first 100,000 cases of Covid-19, but it took only 11 days for the second 100,000 cases, and just four days for the third 100,000 cases, WHO director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said."

Obviously that is officially recorded cases rather than isolating etc and a lot more people are getting tested.

Still a steeply increasing curve though. The numbers from just New York state alone today were shocking - nearly 6000 in one day in one state.

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People are still not listening
at 15:53 22 Mar 2020

We deserve to be locked down, utterly unbelievable.

Victoria Park Market:



Broadway Market:



Hearing Fulham are closing the parks. People do need exercise but if loads of people are ignoring the advice not sure what else they can do.

Also Snowdon looking ridiculous:



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Everton vs Ipswich circa 1985 on MOTD @ 3:10pm
at 13:11 22 Mar 2020

Something to pass a few socially isolated minutes.

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Pets At Home claiming key worker status for their employees
at 09:38 22 Mar 2020

Thoughts?



Seems rather cynical from the company - a way to stay open by ensuring their staffs children can attend school. There are strict limits on class sizes which are government by the teachers available. With many teachers isolating the spaces are needed by the emergency services.

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