Thousands of 15-minute home tests for coronavirus will be delivered by Amazon to people self-isolating with symptoms or will go on sale on the high street within days, according to Public Health England (PHE), in a move that could restore many people’s lives to a semblance of pre-lockdown normality.
Prof Sharon Peacock, the director of the national infection service at PHE, told MPs on the science and technology committee that mass testing in the UK would be possible by next week.
NHS workers or anyone else will be able to know if they have had the virus and are therefore immune, which means they could resume their normal lives, no longer having to work from home or keep their distance from other people. It is widely thought that having Covid-19 makes people immune to the disease or that if they get it a second time, they do not transmit it.
The test detects the presence of IGM, an antibody that arises very early on in the infection, and IGG, which is increased in the body’s response to the virus. The results of some of the tests on order can be read by anyone, but others would need to be interpreted by healthcare professionals.
The UK is not the only country ordering in the antibody tests. “Tests are being ordered across Europe and elsewhere and purchased in south-east Asia. This is widespread practice. We are not alone in doing this,” said Peacock.
The shipment was due in Germany on March 20 but never arrived after disappearing at the end of last week at an airport in Kenya. It was unclear why the masks, produced by a German firm, had been in Kenya.
It is absurd that the weather should become so beautiful the moment we enter this lockdown. Bright and sunny with clear skies, 16 degrees celsius: the perfect spring day.
This is why the misanthropic memes about Nature recovering from the "virus" of humanity are so despicable (they are, to quote the great Marx, "a libel on the human race"). There is nothing more unnatural than being cooked up at home and separated from other people in these conditions. Sad times!
In many countries mobile technology / mobile phones are being utilized in contact tracing and/or monitoring people who should be in quarantine. Wish our government/officials would implement something similar soon. Well, don't know how long putting that kind of tech in place would take (Singapore is putting the source code of their recently launched app available worldwide).
Countries hit by, or nearby, 2003 SARS epidemic seem to be a step ahead. Those are countries that seem to have truly been prepared. Finnish officials have also claimed they were well prepared, but all along things keep popping up. Latest: 200 000 people who flew back in the recent weeks have gone who knows where. Includes many people also from infection red zones. Officials now admit that mistakes were made and that the instructions/processes should've been better. Appreciate the sincerity, but too late. People arriving were e.g. sent a text message about the quarantine. One person who arrived on the 15th said he/she received it on the 22nd. Their estimations have also been criticized, but they are unwilling to elaborate on the assumptions etc. They are 3 to 10x more optimistic than many others, even WHO. But it's not only the officials. People are simply unable to take it upon themselves to follow the reques
[...] In other words, every component of aggregate demand – consumption, capital spending, exports – is in unprecedented free fall. While most self-serving commentatorshave been anticipating a V-shaped downturn – with output falling sharply for one quarter and then rapidly recovering the next – it should now be clear that the COVID-19 crisis is something else entirely. The contraction that is now underway looks to be neither V- nor U- nor L-shaped (a sharp downturn followed by stagnation). Rather, it looks like an I: a vertical line representing financial markets and the real economy plummeting.
Not even during the Great Depression and World War II did the bulk of economic activity literally shut down, as it has in China, the United States, and Europe today.
Given the circumstances, interventions long proposed by leftists of the Modern Monetary Theory school, including helicopter drops, have become mainstream.2
Unfortunately for the best-case scenario, the public-health response in advanced economies has fallen far short of what is needed to contain the pandemic, and the fiscal-policy package currently being debated is neither large nor rapid enough to create the conditions for a timely recovery. As such, the risk of a new Great Depression, worse than the original – a Greater Depression – is rising by the day.
Unless the pandemic is stopped, economies and markets around the world will continue their free fall.
Only that most of the people who take part in a cruise trip are old fuckers. The real mortality rate is probably below 1 %.As of now, a 1.4% mortality rate in the Diamond Princess case. Isolated event, entire ship tested. 712 infections, 10 deaths, 597 recovered, 105 active cases remaining.
We already are. Unless you are on your death bed, you are basically not getting treated at any hospital, clinic or facility.Only that most of the people who take part in a cruise trip are old fuckers. The real mortality rate is probably below 1 %.
The problem is, it gets higher when the hospitals reach their patient limit. The US is in for some really, really tough weeks.