COVID-19 and Tennis

Lynda2475

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But the protection from severe illness is not important if you are young with no comorbidities Your chance of severe illness in that group especially with omicron is very small even if unvaxxed.

However there is quite a noticeable difference n the number of completely asymptomatic cases with omicron with many only being picked up due to workplace, travel or contact testing.

In terms of cost, having flu symptoms whilst not serious enough to put a healthy person in hospital can still leave them unable to work productively a week (sometimes more). Whereas an asymptomatic or slightly symptomatic omicron person can continue to WFH during their 7 day ISO so not necessarily miss any paid work.

YMMV but certainly the few people Ive spoken to who have had omicron said in pre-pandemic days the ill effects were so light that they would have gone to work. This includes one person who is famous for being a man-flu baby when he usually get a cold.
 

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This isn’t accurate, specifically interventional cardiology and cardiac surgery which I can definitely speak for in SA public and private hospitals. More broadly general surgery, urology, neurosurgery, surgical oncology and obstetrics/gynaecology are operating as normal. I had a full theatre list yesterday (half cat 1, half cat 2 urgent). I saw fifteen other theatre lists (non-cardiac) on the day that were busy, and all of them had cat 2’s. No cardiac patients that are looked after by our group are waiting for procedures/operations any longer than usual considering some doctors are just returning from leave or in isolation. Only subspecialties that have always tended to have a preponderance of cat 3’s or non-urgent cat 2’s have doctors that are twiddling their thumbs right now such as ENT and orthopaedics.
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This isn’t accurate, specifically interventional cardiology and cardiac surgery which I can definitely speak for in SA public and private hospitals. More broadly general surgery, urology, neurosurgery, surgical oncology and obstetrics/gynaecology are operating as normal. I had a full theatre list yesterday (half cat 1, half cat 2 urgent). I saw fifteen other theatre lists (non-cardiac) on the day that were busy, and all of them had cat 2’s. No cardiac patients that are looked after by our group are waiting for procedures/operations any longer than usual considering some doctors are just returning from leave or in isolation. Only subspecialties that have always tended to have a preponderance of cat 3’s or non-urgent cat 2’s have doctors that are twiddling their thumbs right now such as ENT and orthopaedics.
Ok, well in our case it's category 2 ENT that has been deferred until God knows when, and wife of a specialist can't have gynaecology surgery for pain issues, and an Achilles heel partial rupture on hold. Good that cardiac surgery is happening.
 
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category 2 ENT

gynaecology surgery for pain

Achilles heel partial rupture
Sorry to hear,
All similar surgeries occurred today...
A lot of Cat 2 ENT are day surgery procedure so they can be done a lot easier than one requiring an overnight bed

Our gynae ops for endometriosis are still happening

Ortho injuries would be easily Cat 2.

Might be dependant on the local conditions re nursing staff availability.
 

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Sorry to hear,
All similar surgeries occurred today...
A lot of Cat 2 ENT are day surgery procedure so they can be done a lot easier than one requiring an overnight bed

Our gynae ops for endometriosis are still happening

Ortho injuries would be easily Cat 2.

Might be dependant on the local conditions re nursing staff availability.
More like, it’s SA. Sadly.
 

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Extracts from a paywalled article on Tennis Australia in the on-line Oz. Google the headline to get the story or it maybe available on news website. These extracts won't give the full context .

Tennis Australia finally releases statement on Novak Djokovic saga

Statement from TA Chir, Jane Hrdlicka

“The board and Member Associations commend the Tennis Australia CEO (Tiley) and the entire Tennis Australia team for their hard work and dedication to delivering a spectacular summer of tennis,” Hrdlicka’s release read.

“As the Australian tennis family, we recognise that recent events have been a significant distraction for everyone, and we deeply regret the impact this had on all players.

“There are always lessons to learn, and we will review all aspects of our preparation and implementation to inform our planning – as we do every year.”


The full statement is on the web site

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The numbers must numb the doubters. In 2014 – which was Tiley’s first year as CEO – a modest 643,280 fans clicked through the turnstiles.

In 2020, the last pre-pandemic slam, that had risen to 812,174 – up 26.3 per cent.

But it is the 60-year-old South African’s rapport with the players that makes him so popular, and that is on the back of splashing the cash.

Cheques totalling a jaw-dropping $75 million will be written out this fortnight, a spike of almost 300 per cent in a decade.

In fact, this year’s prize pool overflows the 2021 US Open ($69 million), Wimbledon ($67 million) and Roland Garros ($59 million) majors.
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Tiley has been a great supporter of players from top to bottom. He listened to Roger [Federer], and now the Round 1 losers walk away with more than $100,000.
...
 
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More like, it’s SA. Sadly.
Adenoids and tonsils are getting done in usual numbers, just confirmed this with an anesthetist nurse in the private who worked yesterday and today. For ortho, trauma cases and limb-saving surgery (fractures, nerve compression) are still going ahead. According to the wife of an orthopod (the wife also happens to be an anesthetist who’s got a lot of free time nowadays due to cancelled lists) unless you’re in danger of losing the limb, it doesn’t matter who the patient is, you’re either Cat 3 or non-urgent Cat 2. We are all getting audited and under threat of sanctions if we try to bend the rules.
 

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I don't think the vaccination lowers the transmission rate.

Victoria University points out that:

"The results of the Lancet study suggest similarities in terms of viral load between vaccinated and unvaccinated people. But the study doesn’t provide strong evidence that vaccines don’t work to prevent transmission through the population. While the peak load may be similar, vaccinated people are likely to have lower viral load overall, and therefore be less contagious.

Given vaccines speed the clearance of COVID from the body, vaccinated people have less opportunity to spread the virus overall."
 

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Adenoids and tonsils are getting done in usual numbers, just confirmed this with an anesthetist nurse in the private who worked yesterday and today. For ortho, trauma cases and limb-saving surgery (fractures, nerve compression) are still going ahead. According to the wife of an orthopod (the wife also happens to be an anesthetist who’s got a lot of free time nowadays due to cancelled lists) unless you’re in danger of losing the limb, it doesn’t matter who the patient is, you’re either Cat 3 or non-urgent Cat 2. We are all getting audited and under threat of sanctions if we try to bend the rules.
Do you get any sense of when they may release? There are so many conditions that need treatments to relieve pain, or in our case, remove extensive sinus polyps so he can breathe through his nose and not mouth breathe all the time (even eating and talking makes him cough as he's trying to breathe and eat at the same time). Given they slapped the restrictions on when maybe 75 were in hospital it's not looking good yet.
 

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