Corona Corona...

We are supposed to be working in Science Depts, so let's try not to conflate one pandemic with another. HIV is generally avoidable and is now treatable, and those who have it when under successful treatment can no longer pass it on.

Covid-19 is a novel virus, we are still learning about it, but that learning process is already more advanced than HIV was after two years.

However it is rather more easily caught, and currently less treatable. It will affect more of the population and it will cause a strain on resources.

HIV did not shut down a whole country, so yes, keep it in perspective, but let's not be daft about it. It will impact our lives, more than likely in ways that none of us has seen in their lifetimes.
Let me tell you Nick I worked in a HIV research facility (one of two in the country) and the precautions we took, hand washing, locked doors, and containment of the virus (and other viruses) wwere exactly to set protocols.:)
 
and I'm gay, so I have an interest. Of course you need to take precautions when you are working with a virus, but you can't catch HIV from sharing a lift with somebody who has it, and nobody has ever shut down an entire country as a result of HIV infection.
That's because we the way HIV was transmitted was understood. However the doors of the labs where I worked were locked when any manipulations in the Laminar Flow cabinets were performed in case workers were startled. The Covid-19 is still poorly understood. We do know that transmission of the virus particles can occur through the mouth, nose and eyes and it's preferred location in the body is the lining of the lungs.
 
That's because we the way HIV was transmitted was understood. However the doors of the labs where I worked were locked when any manipulations in the Laminar Flow cabinets were performed in case workers were startled. The Covid-19 is still poorly understood. We do know that transmission of the virus particles can occur through the mouth, nose and eyes and it's preferred location in the body is the lining of the lungs.
We should stop listening to scientists because the masses have already found a cure it seems. It's called loo roll.
 
On average 600 people die each year from 'flu. In some years this rises to over 10,000.

In one WEEK last year, 586 patients were admitted to hospital due to influenza, 174 of those to intensive care.

Since the start of this "outbreak" what, a couple of months ago(?) there have been 319 confirmed cases in the UK. 5 deaths, all of them people who were otherwise in poor health and at risk from ANY infection.

It's new, people are panicking, and the media hype isn't helping.

Context.



I really wanted to write "context is for kings" there, for anyone who recognizes the quote; which ironically would have been out of context!
 
Charming Emil. This virus is going to cause unpresidented disruption to all in the months ahead.:)
We have had many disruptions in the past including major wars, financial crisis and worse pandemics and we got through them all. Putting this on the same scale as to what our parents and grandparents had to endure is an insult to them. No wonder they call us snowflakes now!
 
We've all been told to put our resources on our version of Moodle - and that's it. I guess telling my apprentice he needs a fit to work certificate before coming back from his week off with 'flu' counts too...
 
The Daily Mash had an article suggesting alternatives to loo roll. One was to use your hands, which had the added bonus of making you not touch your face.
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That would work!
We have had many disruptions in the past including major wars, financial crisis and worse pandemics and we got through them all. Putting this on the same scale as to what our parents and grandparents had to endure is an insult to them. No wonder they call us snowflakes now!
Speak for yourself Emil. This thing is completely different. I've noticed that most people aren't touching the rails on the trains and they are wearing masks and gloves - and this is just the beginning!
 
If external agencies decide that schools should close (as in Italy)... teaching staff would as reasonably possible would be expected to provide remote learning to the classes they teach to ensure all pupils continue to make academic progress through the closure.....

Just curious to know of what contingency plans schools have got in place for non teaching staff/ specialist support staff/ technical staff? What are the expectations for us technicians for an extended period of closure?
This is what has been sent out today at our school after briefing this morning:

COVID-19 Update – As a school we will close if instructed to do so by the DfE and this will only be done with coordination from Lincolnshire County Council. If we get to a point where staff numbers are incredibly low we have a contingency plan in place, closing for Key Stage 3 students, so we can continue to run with minimal staff. If this does happen information would be placed on the schools’ website.

Can we please reiterate to the boys that washing hands in-between using computers and particularly before eating is important. Staff are doing a fantastic job cleansing keyboards and door handles etc every day and will continue to do so.

I feel that it probably will spread but I will continue as before. I will wash my hands as before, use a tissue if I sneeze/cough as before and hopefully all will be well eventually. :)
 
That would work!

Speak for yourself Emil. This thing is completely different. I've noticed that most people aren't touching the rails on the trains and they are wearing masks and gloves - and this is just the beginning!
I am speaking for myself. I made a choice to remain calm and collected, yet vigilant and ensuring to follow all advice. You can choose to freak out and think it's the end of humanity. If I'm right, I saved myself lots of unnecessary hysteria, if you're right then I will at least die with an ignorant smile on my face. Win-win for me.
 

JFKtech

and then there were two - now JFK Techs :)
That would work!

Speak for yourself Emil. This thing is completely different. I've noticed that most people aren't touching the rails on the trains and they are wearing masks and gloves - and this is just the beginning!
As a Year 6 student said during a discussion, not only are masks ineffective, the warm moist breath onto the mask will actually encourage a breeding ground for the virus.
 
I am speaking for myself. I made a choice to remain calm and collected, yet vigilant and ensuring to follow all advice. You can choose to freak out and think it's the end of humanity. If I'm right, I saved myself lots of unnecessary hysteria, if you're right then I will at least die with an ignorant smile on my face. Win-win for me.
Chill out Emil mate I was only winding you up (as I do). You are right not to panic and remain calm. However this excessive hand washing and the extra precautions is tiring. I've even seen some Supermarket workers wear gloves which is disconcerting. I do think that this virus will spread quicly, especially in the large cities like London and even here in God's Country. Chin up Emil!:);)
 

JFKtech

and then there were two - now JFK Techs :)
As a Year 6 student said during a discussion, not only are masks ineffective, the warm moist breath onto the mask will actually encourage a breeding ground for the virus.
(original / other JFK tech disagreeing !) The dampness of the mask will allow the virus to transmit through more easily, but it can't replicate outside of a cell.
 
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Chill out Emil mate I was only winding you up (as I do). You are right not to panic and remain calm. However this excessive hand washing and the extra precautions is tiring. I've even seen some Supermarket workers wear gloves which is disconcerting. I do think that this virus will spread quicly, especially in the large cities like London and even here in God's Country. Chin up Emil!:);)
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In a previous working life (related to the pharma industries and medicines research) we were warning (20 years ago) that

a) As a Society we are becoming more and more resistant to anti-biotics and anti-virals due to an over-reliance on these drugs and DEMANDING they be supplied via the NHS. In other words we are preventing the human race from evolving naturally as a species to deal with this sort of stuff; AND
b) We are TOO CLEAN (which impacts a)) driven by commercial marketing to over use disinfectants, hand gels, anti-bacterial soaps, cleaning all surfaces, etc. etc. in our homes and personal lives

We were predicting THEN that we were overdue a global pandemic of some form (Spanish flu after WW1 being the last really big one). Driven increasingly by the volume of travel (specifically flying) that rapidly spreads anything GLOBALLY.

Imagine if we'd only 'discovered' covid-19 AFTER the Olympics and all spectators, participants, athletes had contracted it and already flown home??

Who remembers the plagues in Europe these days and the impact they had...…..

Covid-19 is actually serious for those particularly susceptible......but for the majority of the population mainly a mild illness. BUT - this should be seen as a wake-up call before a truly big and nasty one arrives.....and it will.
 
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