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  1. Something more virulent, but less debilitating. You're right, we will probably get it at some point. The initial version was terrible, Alpha and Beta pretty bad, Delta wasn't great, Omicron isn't fun...but each iteration gets easier to transmit but less intense. I don't mean we should ignore and belittle it - no matter what idiots say, it's not "just the flu" - but it is getting weaker each time a strain dominates. Coronaviruses are one of the groups that make up the common cold, so the actual family is not new and is in established circulation, so we already scientifically know a lot about them. We have effective vaccines that we can refine and increase effectiveness, like we do for the flu. We are much more knowledgeable about supportive treatment, so more of the critically ill survive and even thrive. There are even newly emerging drugs made to directly tackle COVID-19, which we can again study and refine as they hit broad useage. So while the last two years have been surreal, I do believe in light at the end of the tunnel. I think we'll see another variant or two this year but they likely will be even less of a toll on the body, and I think we will see COVID-19 finally be something we can realistically live with, like we do with influenza. We can vaccinate, we can isolate, we can treat directly and supportively, and it stops becoming the killer it has been. We just need to hang in a little longer, keep our vigilance up a bit more, and then we can sadly unlearn some of our habits from the last two years.
  2. Me personally? Just about for now. My unit and the hospital? Barely. *hugs* Really not enjoying this essay. 2000 words on HIV in pregnancy, using a case in Uganda as the case study. All things I know nothing about, and nowhere near high enough a word limit to cover it.
  3. Lagie's Stealth Shop! Buy from it...if you can find it! In seriousness, stay safe *hug* So approximatley 1 in 15 people were supposed to have a form of COVID in England on New Year's Day, and yesterday we recorded nearly 200,000 new infections. Numbers that anywhere other than the USA would be in shock over, but here? Boris decided that the NHS will just have to face being 'temporarily overwhelmed.' I'm sorry. What? Your grand solution to this ongoing pandemic is to shrug your shoulders and say "screw it, we'll just let people die in under-resourced hospitals and let them take the blame?" My dude, you said the quiet part of your plan out loud. You have openly been doing it for nearly two years now, you just actually finally admitted it.
  4. I didn't make any, if that helps! Welcome to the New Year all. And very much supporting Lagie's message.
  5. In a nice gesture, the UK chief health officers have received knighthoods for their services. It's a token gesture but as a healthcare worker I do feel a little heartened by it. Also one of my colleagues received an honour for her voluntary work with the vaccination program.
  6. We just had eight more call in the last eight hours, so I hope so too!
  7. Eight hospitals in the UK are setting up surge facilities as we now have over 10,000 hospitalisations, and over 180,000 cases reported yesterday alone. I think five staff have called in sick for my Unit in the last 24hrs.
  8. It's all about proprotionality; our numbers cover over 68 million people. But even then...yeah, it's a lot. Also, if anyone has not seen it before (since you definitely would have heard it mentioned):
  9. It is estimated that around 1 in 45 people in the UK have COVID, and our NHS staff sickness due to COVID means we're down 19,000 staff going into Xmas. My hospital is expecting to see a peak of activity around New Year - our city has 996/100,000 cases, translating to over 4,600. There's been at least two more deaths in the last 48hr because I was there for them.
  10. I'm going to say Merry Xmas to you all now, as I am on Nights until 27th. Hope you all have fun!
  11. I hope things go well for your Dad!
  12. *leaves a KFC bucket out for Lagie* Back to work tomorrow. And after three weeks of me being away, Lover is now off to see her family for the week!
  13. That is awesome! *tidies up potato chips and puts them all in serving bowls*
  14. The customer who got annoyed because a woman was having a seizure in front of the self-service, and wanted me to just drag said woman out the way so he could carry on shopping...I would happily have throat-punched. Repeatedly. More LEGO is always awesome!
  15. Indeed a reference to the Fallout games. And I always feel happy about ministers who actually come from the field in which they are now the minister for. Ahh, good old zoonosis... Could we have knocked it down? Not sure. Part of me wants to look at SARS and MERS and say "yes, it happened before!" - we haven't had any cases of SARS in seventeen years after all, and prevention control was the same as before. But then again it didn't achieve the spread of COVID-19 by a long shot, despite also being a coronavirus. Is that because the world was less open at the time, harder to get somewhere? That it was easier to lock down on because of that? It's certainly part of the puzzle. SARS-CoV-2 emerged in a very open, interconnected world, in a state that (in my personal opinion) was not and has not been open and honest about the spread. (I don't mean that I believe any of the theories about it being human-made, spilled from a lab etc, but I do not for a second believe they've only had 100,000 cases and 4,600 deaths given they are the ground zero to the pandemic and actively supressed information about it at the start.) Problem is, by the time the world was able to react to the news carriers had already moved far and wide across China and the world, not knowing what they carried. The virulence of the disease means it spread quickly from those cases, and just propagated from there. I firmly believe earlier control methods would have saved lives. I firmly believe better governmental leadership in many countries and better personal accountability would have preserved more. I absolutely believe the vaccine - and the more effective ones I am sure will emerge - is the way forward to protect and safeguard us against it. And so perhaps it would have not had such a dramatic impact and we wouldn't be looking at a death toll in the millions just yet. But it still would have mutated, still had other variants. We just may have been in a better state to weather them. We've gone back to having to put two patients to a single bed-space again in our local ICU.
  16. Bacon butties are indeed an excellent hangover cure. Containing salts for dehydration, protein for energy and dealing with alcohol-induced hypoglycaemia, gives something to line the stomach and gut to relieve the pain of alcohol breaking down your gut lining, and just tasting so darned good!
  17. Sort of. There is a lot of money poured into treatment and control of diseases in LMICs from HICs, but the problem is much more complex than simply "where can I make a profit?" Bearing in mind that meds for things like TB, HIV and malaria as well as some NTDs are commonly given over at cost or even for free, it's not just how much money a company makes that dictates these things. NTDs are diseases that unduly affect those in the billion-plus peopl affected by the most extreme of poverty, in countries with healthcare systems that cannot serve the full needs of the people because said of said poverty, and the disease keep people in poverty. One of our professors summed it up quite nicely by saying that these are diseases of poverty that perpetuate poverty. So even though drugs may be supplied at-cost/free of charge, without the right infrastructure and without the means to independently create that infrastructure it becomes a vicious cycle. In some ways I am less optimistic than Astreya and believe COVID-19 is here to stay with us - unfortunately it is truly pandemic and even if elimination was possible, eradication and true extinction would probably take decades. However like many viruses of it's ilk I believe it will become less and less deadly and damaging, and instead mellow out into something that is a lot more flu-like (not as mellow as its common-cold cousins what with all the coagulopathy issues, but still hopefully mellow enough). Yes, virulent. Yes, feel miserable if you get it. Yes, for the wrong person at the wrong time it can become deadly. But it will be treatable and maybe even one day cureable, that it will be mostly mild and even more so with vaccinations (maybe we'll need yearly combined flu-COVID-19 shots), but ultimately will join the ranks of all those other mild viruses that circulate around. I am, however, all in favour of getting my Vault suit back out.
  18. Thank you and everyone else for the birthday wishes. Not my favouritest birthday - had to spend a morning having Safeguarding lectures, an afternoon having to pretend to be an anti-vaxxer for a debate, then a 4.5hr drive home. But! I saw Lover, so that's awesome Back up for my last week of lectures. Exam is on Friday. I also have to try and avoid Flux spoilers until then, as Lover and I want to watch the last episode together. Really enjoying the season so far and I really can't imagine they've wrapped up the entire story in a 50min episode, but I have been wrong before.
  19. Yup, and definitely part of the Flux storyline. Thank you for the birthday wishes, was in lectures then a 4hr drive home, but it meant seeing Lover
  20. I think it would be 'butty,' as 'sarnie' is not so widely used these days and definitely wouldn't be a sandwich! I would say either bacon butty, or less likely would be bacon bap. However not from that end of the country so I can't promise I'm correct!