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  1. Johnson and Johnson's stage 3 vaccine trial paused due to 'unexplained illness' of participant. More here: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/oct/12/johnson-johnson-pauses-covid-vaccine-trial-over-participants-unexplained-illness I completely understand protecting the person's privacy - what I don't get is why disclosing some info on the details of the illness is a violation of this, if personal data is protected and not divulged. Perhaps to avoid premature speculation?
  2. @rotting sea cowYes, good points. I understand they have to use language like 'may' have been infected, but it doesn't do a lot to inspire confidence. Perhaps if they shared more detail on the tools and methodology they've used to reach this 10% estimate, it would help? Because as you say, even with significant undercounting, this would put mortality rate far below what is currently accepted (I realise the death rate varies by age, overall health/comorbidity etc.)
  3. According to this article, apart from R, a key factor seems to k which is dispersion, pointing to stuff like super-spreader events and their link to people in closed spaces for extended periods of time with poor ventilation. So, restaurants, churches/places of worship, gyms and so on. It also talks about 'back-tracing' to control clusters, something which Japan did effectively, for instance. Essentially, this may indicate that a lot of the time most people in certain conditions aren't going to be as contagious, so the focus should shift a bit to containing situations that fit the description above: crowds, closed spaces, extended time, poor ventilation. It's something we've been reading/hearing for a while now, but it just seems that if governments are able to focus on these aspects, they could perhaps achieve a balance between the economy and infection. Link: https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2020/09/k-overlooked-variable-driving-pandemic/616548/
  4. Perhaps a glimmer of hope: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/sep/28/covid-19-tests-that-give-results-in-minutes-to-be-rolled-out-across-world Also, https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/sep/28/scientists-work-on-nasal-spray-that-could-stop-covid-virus-replicating
  5. He continues to surprise, which is weird as nothing he says should surprise anyone any longer. He also said something about 'science doesn't know' (re the California fires), and kept mentioning 'herd mentality' abut COVID. Several times. I know he probably meant 'herd immunity' but it's rather funny he used 'herd mentality', given that sums up his supporters pretty well.
  6. Thanks for sharing. I think anyone who thinks Britain has a glorious colonial past should read this article - from one of their own extremely respected historians. I can bet a lot of them don’t have any idea about such atrocities committed by people who still have their statues put up. I wonder who would ever try to justify leaving such statues up? Is british history greatly diminished by getting rid of these (or as suggested, putting them in a museum about colonialism)?
  7. They mentioned 'British culture' earlier on, didn't they? I reckon culture includes glorifying racist twats, then? It's the same interpretation of 'culture' that excuses anti-immigration stances: We don't want brown/black people coming in, they'll destroy our culture! The fact that culture is ever-morphing and influenced by exchanges between different people (and this has happened for centuries and centuries, it isn't a new phenomenon), and that the British culture itself picked up a shitload of stuff from their former colonies, seems to escape those with such POVs.
  8. As a POC and someone who, while not British, has sisters who are and live in London, and as someone who's been going there a few times a year since the last few decades for work/holiday, I felt I had to chime in here. Acknowledging someone's great work doesn't mean glorifying them, if there are aspects like racism or slavery etc. attached to that person. I don't know that the distinction is hard to grasp. Studying someone's work and respecting them within that field isn't the same as erecting statues or naming buildings after them. In terms of the discussion above, I'm just surprised at how complex it seems to have become, when the actual issue is pretty simple. The UK has a long history of colonialism, with shitty repercussions for millions of people, myself included. You can extol the virtues of the 'Empire' all day long, and pretend it was all about 'discovering' new lands (it wasn't, you can't discover places where people are already living!), and 'civilising the natives' (just typing 'natives' made me want to vomit. Also, we didn't need your 'civilising', thanks, we were pretty evolved already). It seems to me that a rosy view of British colonialism is taught there. I get it, I also did my GCSEs and ended up with a hilariously one-sided, misrepresented view. Luckily, I did a lot of other reading and was able to form a much more well-rounded and coherent opinion. One that included the systematic pillage and plunder of continents and the resulting, long-lasting and devastating impact on those continents' economies and people. Not sure how familiar some of you are with that side of colonialism, to be honest. There are loads of great books out there, many by your very own William Darlymple, Peter Frankopan, and non British authors too. I'd recommend checking some out if you haven't. Silk Roads, especially, brilliantly proves that the entire concept of a 'civilised' West and a 'barbaric East' is absolute crap. All this to say, yes, it absolutely offends me (and people like me) to see representatives of that colonialist past being honoured with shit like statues. It's especially galling when a lot of those men made their fortunes through stealing from other countries and then waltzed home to buy massive estates, titles and seats in Parliament. Sure, you can acknowledge the 'good' stuff they did, but literally putting them on a pedestal is ludicrous. As for the notion that pulling down statues is of no value and meaningless and somehow a derailment from attacking 'real' racism, I call utter BS. It's all part of the same overarching issue, which is a complex and many-sided one. To claim that we cannot tackle different aspects of an issue at the same time is incorrect, simplistic or worse, disingenuous. The entire point is to dismantle such symbols of racism/oppression where you find them, along with other fundamental aspects of racism. Symbolism is important. If it weren't, you wouldn't have people simultaneously labelling taking down statues as 'unimportant' while also defending said statues.
  9. I'm from Pakistan - born and bred. I live and work in Dubai now, but went home for 2 months in early July. Just got back now. Some of the speculation on here about Pakistan is funny/mildly annoying - 'they're lying' for instance. On that scale, many countries are 'lying' i.e. under testing, under-reporting etc. The thing is, Pakistan isn't nearly as backward or third world as you lot may imagine. It also isn't as though there are 00s dying daily right now, but suddenly going unreported where a month ago, they were being reported dutifully. Hospitals were packed and there was a major crisis through May to early July - and being reported widely in local news and on social. However, it is a fact that hospitals, which were previously overwhelmed and facing severe shortages of oxygen, beds etc. are now not even half as full. Death rates have also fallen significantly - and that's an indicator you can compare with the bestest country in the world - the USA - with the bestest resources and people ever. Testing hasn't fallen dramatically either; it's pretty much the same as was happening in April/May - woefully low due to inadequate resources, but not a decline from earlier testing #s. Doctors are quite puzzled, and cite possible reasons like the young population, exposure to malaria, typhoid, the BCG vaccine, conservative societies where people don't usually gather in large crowds (e.g. bars) - though we've had 2 Eids thus far. Still, while this may mean family gatherings, it isn't the same as bars, concerts and other such activity. No one really knows, but when I was there (in an admittedly better off neighbourhood) I saw all shops refusing entry without masks and most people wearing these, and observing distancing. Shops were closing at 6 pm till last week and restaurants only opened about 10 days ago. At the end this is mostly speculation, of course. An article on it as here: https://www.wsj.com/articles/why-youthful-conservative-pakistan-is-a-coronavirus-bright-spot-11596297600 Finally, apologies for the sarcasm in this post. It's just a bit galling (and wearily familiar) to read such stuff about PK. I do realise there was no malicious intent, and that most of you are neutral and genuinely curious. FWIW, I read the posts here regularly and find you lot very mature, balanced and fun
  10. That sucks re NZ. In other news: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-53735718 A bit odd, coming on the heels of: https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-53429506 Err... not sure if I'd ever consider opting for this one. Though apparently Putin's own daughter has also been inoculated...
  11. I live in the UAE - Gulf state. 2.5 million tests done so far - nearly 50k a day over the last few weeks so I doubt they're under-reporting. We're still getting between 500-600 cases a day, and that's partly due to aggressive testing. Population of 10 million. Some hopeful signs recently that we've passed the peak. In terms of hospitals and facilities, the UAE is in a good place and they converted some huge premises into hospitals months ago. People who test positive are either asked to quarantine at home (asymptomatic or mild), put in quarantine facilities - hotels - for 2 weeks with regular monitoring by doctors (moderate) or put in hospital (severe). There was also a strict lockdown and curfew here for over a month which has now been relaxed. People were worried we'd see a huge spike post relaxation, but thankfully that hasn't happened (yet). As for Pakistan (referenced above), I'm from there originally and it seems everyone's just given up/moved on. Cases are increasing significantly day by day as are deaths, but everything's been reopened, and they just don't have the resources. In a way an extended lockdown is unrealistic due to the huge # of daily wagers and the government being massively in debt, but what's annoying to see is how educated, well-off people who could self isolate and observe the lockdown just didn't give a shit (anecdotal but I hear stories daily).
  12. I live in Dubai (UAE) and they've done over 650,000 tests here in a population of around 10 million. They've recently launched an app here too, voluntary (for now). If you activate it, it can trace who you've been in touch with and alert you if someone among that lot has tested positive. This in the midst of a lockdown that's been underway for nearly a month: I need a permit to walk to the grocery store, or even the pharmacy.
  13. Regarding the abysmal script, I just can’t get over Arya saying: I know a killer when I see one. Err... Dany just torched thousands of people, and this is meant to be some sort of astute profound revelation on Arya’s part? This is laughable - it’s like an 8 year old stringing ‘cool’ dialogue together that is completely nonsensical. Doesn’t hold up to the briefest of scrutiny.
  14. Didn't anyone watch the hilariously cheesy Gods of Egypt? NCW is the lead (Horus). It has great effects, a shit plot, mediocre acting and loads of mangled Egyptian mythology (I absolutely love all kinds of mythology, no matter how OTT). Great pastime if you're hungover.
  15. I know, right? I ranted about this earlier. It's like, I am watching because I want to, and I don't owe anyone any explanation. At all. LOL. I love the faux curiosity/concern trolling/labelling some people display around here.
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