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Italian man tries to avoid vaccine using a fake arm
at 13:40 9 Dec 2021

An Italian man is facing charges of fraud after turning up for his Covid-19 vaccine wearing a fake arm.

So determined was he to dodge the jab but still obtain a health pass, the anti-vaxxer may have paid hundreds of euros for the silicone prosthetic.

The bizarre episode at a vaccine hub in Biella, a town close to Turin in the northern Piedmont region, came a week after Italy announced measures barring unvaccinated people from a host of social, cultural and sporting activities.

After completing the bureaucratic formalities, including signing a consent form in front of a doctor, the man, aged 50, sat down and lifted up the sleeve of his shirt as he prepared for a health worker to administer the jab.

Initially, the health worker did not notice anything odd, as the silicone looked similar to skin. But after taking a closer look and touching the arm, the medic asked the man to take off his shirt. His plan foiled, the man, who has not been named, then tried to persuade the health worker to turn a blind eye.


https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/dec/03/italian-man-tries-to-dodge-covid-v

It's like the Father Ted episode with the 5-aside competition:



Bizarre stuff.

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New Omicron variant discovered (BA.2) which introduces issues with PCR tracking
at 16:39 7 Dec 2021

Unfortunately scientists have discovered a second variant of Omicron (BA.2) which no longer has the S-gene dropout on the PCR tests.

This was being used to track the spread of Omicron because Delta doesn't cause this dropout so if it appears on the PCR then they know it's Omicron.

The PCR still detects the BA2 variant as covid but not specifically as Omicron without a genetic analysis which isn't going to be possible for all the PCR tests.

This version of Omicron is genetically distinct enough that could behave differently and it might actually get it's own title.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/dec/07/scientists-find-stealth-version-of

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New study on the longer-term affects of severe covid infections
at 08:26 1 Dec 2021

"Severe Covid infection doubles chances of dying in following year "

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/dec/01/severe-covid-infection-doubles-cha

It's obviously a correlation so should be looked at with a bit of caution but the correlation seems to be clear enough that they are willing to put it forward.

Also worth nothing that they saw a greater correlation in the under 65's:

"The increased risk of dying was greater for patients under 65, and only 20% of the severe Covid-19 patients who died did so because of typical Covid complications, such as respiratory failure."

“We conducted a previous study that showed that patients with severe Covid-19 who recovered were at significantly greater risk of being hospitalised in the subsequent six months,” said ProfArch Mainous of the University of Florida, the lead author of the study. “This new study extended that to investigate mortality risk over the next 12 months.”


Get the vaccine and boosters people.

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Unfortunately it's looking like the red listing wasn't enough
at 13:43 26 Nov 2021

Certainly not a criticism of the government here, they moved as quickly as they could have but unfortunately the detection of new variants is always going to be laggy.

Cases in Israel from Malawi (not on the red list).

Cases in Belgium from Egypt (via Turkey) (not on the red list and no contact with red list countries).

Seems the cases are coming from routes well outside the defined source countries which I guess is to be expected.

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2021 World Chess Championship
at 13:30 25 Nov 2021

I know that chess isn't for everyone but for those that like it the first world championship in 3 years starts tomorrow.

It's Carlson vs Nepomniachtchi and below is the 538's take on the match:

https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/as-chess-booms-magnus-carlsen-returns-to-de

Chess has experienced a boom during the pandemic seeing a surge in popularity in both playing and watching tournaments. This has been helped by the rapid format being the preferred format for online tournaments where each player gets 15 minutes or less for their moves. The prize money has also increased with it's popularity, the winner of the world championship will take home 1.2m USD.

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Why we need to vaccinate the world against covid
at 23:05 24 Nov 2021

Very early days so certainly nothing to panic about but there has been a new variant of covid sequenced which has a very large number of mutations on the spike protein (32) and seems to have originated in Botswana.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/nov/24/scientists-warn-of-new-covid-varia

Only 10 recognised cases so far so clearly nothing to worry about but it does highlight that mutations can and will occur going forward. Having such a large number of mutations on the spike protein could mean that antibodies don't recognise it as covid and don't attack it. Hopefully it will be far less infectious than Delta and thus will not gain any traction (at the moment that is unknown).

It's speculated that such a huge burst of mutations likely happened in a chronic infection in a patient with a weak immune system (such as someone with untreated HIV) because it's unlikely to happen in someone with a well functioning immune system.

It does serve to highlight why we need to be funding vaccines doses for the developing world and countries which cannot afford them because these could be the areas where patients like the one described above exist and where "bursts" of mutations like those in this variant can happen.

Unfortunately it doesn't seem like the richer nations are really behind the Covax program as fully as they could be.

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Longer term protection from AZ in the elderly
at 08:37 23 Nov 2021

I listened to an interesting interview this morning where a scientist was suggesting that the European countries are seeing a higher rate of hospitalisation amongst the vaccinated elderly because they mainly used Pfizer for their vaccination programmes.

Research seems to be showing that whilst Pfizer creates a better antibody response in the general case, AZ creates a better T cell response in the elderly and thus might give better longer-term protection from hospitalisation in that cohort.

Please note this isn't a peer reviewed study, just a working theory so it will be interesting to see if this is backed up by a full study.

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That penalty is a joke (n/t)
at 16:56 20 Nov 2021

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India are considering a lockdown of Delhi
at 09:20 14 Nov 2021

However it's not due to C19. The lockdown will be a "pollution" lockdown because the air at the moment is so dangerous and polluted. Schools are already closed.

It's incredible that they know they have to consider and probably implement these measures when you see their stances on various issues at Cop26. Modi couldn't even be bothered to attend of course.

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Austria looking at a lockdown in a few days
at 16:12 11 Nov 2021

However it's a lockdown with a bit of a difference. It's only going to apply to the unvaccinated who will only be allowed out of their homes to work, exercise and essential shopping.

The vaccination rate there is only 65%, the lowest in Western Europe.

So this is possibly quite interesting. Do people object more to a lockdown specifically targeting the unvaccinated or vaccine passports for entry to places?

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Stunning hypocrisy
at 08:11 4 Nov 2021

Even for Boris, this is rubbish:

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2021/nov/03/johnson-takes-private-jet-from-

Spend the week pretending he's cares about climate change and then take a private jet from Glasgow to London to go to a men's only private members club with some outspoken climate change sceptics.

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Herd immunity from covid
at 22:03 28 Oct 2021

A number scientists had been floating the idea that herd immunity from covid might be impossible due to the fact that immunised people still carry a high enough viral load to infect other people.

It seems this has been tentatively confirmed by a new study:

Lancet Paper:
https://els-jbs-prod-cdn.jbs.elsevierhealth.com/pb-assets/Lancet/pdfs/s147330992

Guardian Article:
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/oct/28/covid-vaccinated-likely-unjabbed-i

Essentially it would render the government strategy of herd immunity (which they have been attempting regardless of what they say) impossible because the unvaccinated cannot rely on the immunity of the vaccinated to prevent them getting infected as they can with other diseases.

The study also highlighted a few worrying things for the vaccinated:

“What we found, surprisingly, was that already by three months after receipt of the second vaccine dose, the risk of acquiring infection was higher compared to being more recently vaccinated,”

This was also interesting given a discussion on here over the last few days around mask wearing and other respiratory viruses:

"Kao suggested the findings also added weight to calls for the introduction of further measures in the UK to tackle the spread of Covid, adding the move could also mitigate the risks posed by other respiratory infections including flu."

Those eligible for boosters should get them straight away.

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Medicane to hit Sicily
at 22:51 27 Oct 2021

Sicily has been at the forefront of climate issues this year. They got the highest every recorded temperature in Europe over the summer (48.8C) and now they are going to get hit by a "medicane".

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/oct/27/southern-italy-braced-for-rare-med

Perhaps the Italian government should cut air passenger duty to show they are serious about tackling climate change affected the Mediterranean.

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Today's Google doodle
at 17:42 23 Jul 2021

It seems to be an entire Olympic themed adventure in the style of the old Zelda games!

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Looking like it might be compulsory vaccinations for PL players
at 12:47 22 Jul 2021

Apparently they have until the 1st October to be fully vaccinated or they won't be able to attend matches and play.

Not that much information yet but looking at it I don't see why it wouldn't apply to players in the other leagues as well given it's all part of the criteria to attend matchdays that the fans are going to have to follow.

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Study on Indian excess deaths
at 19:52 21 Jul 2021

During the peak of the delta variant in India the doctors were saying the official numbers were nonsense but this excess deaths study which has been released really shows the truly horrible scale of what we saw in India.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-57888460.amp

Excess deaths running at x10 the official C19 death rate and somewhere between 3.7m and 4.7m.

Truly awful.

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Looks like we finally have someone who can take a direct freekick
at 09:25 19 Jul 2021

Preseason of course but if he could crop up with a couple of those during the season it would be helpful.



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12 people with blood on their hands
at 23:44 17 Jul 2021

A new study has found that just 12 people are responsible for the majority of C19 anti-vax misinformation on social media.

On FB alone they are responsible for 73% of the anti-vax content. FB themselves failed to remove 95% of reported misinformation.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jul/17/covid-misinformation-conspiracy-th

T*ssers.

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That thread shouldn't have been removed
at 09:39 16 Jul 2021

I don't think that thread should have been removed.

Some people posted controversial views in there which were read by those concerned and are now not available to the greater community. People have left, some during the course of that thread and I don't think the posts should be stricken from the record like that.

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Sensible decision from TFL
at 20:57 13 Jul 2021

Masks to remain compulsory on all London transport.

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2021/jul/13/masks-will-be-needed-on-london-t

Now it would also be good if they policed that rule which they don't seem to have been doing over the last month or two.

Deaths are creeping up slowly, still far below what they were because the vaccine is working but it was 50 today.

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