General Coronavirus chit chat thread - non-travel specific

jakeseven7

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One of my staff had to isolate for 14 days as she attended a cafe that was a tier one site. She had been back at work less than a week before learning the person she had trained at the gym with tested +ve. So back into iso. She swears she isn't going near anyone again for a very long time. :oops:

Or just don’t check in 😂
 

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Another effect of increased public health awareness.
In 2020, there were 0.3 cases of Invasive meningococcal disease (IMD)per 100,000 recorded, representing a reduction in disease rate beyond expected vaccine impact and likely attributable to the impact of public health measures.
Just 90 cases was determined in 2020 with MenB accounting for 62% of all IMD in Australia. With respect to serogroup infections by age group, MenB IMD was the predominant serogroup in children aged 4 years and younger.
https://www1.health.gov.au/internet...surveillance_programme_annual_report_2020.pdf
 

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In the USA it is the younger age group who are driving the case rate.The >65s do not have a higher rate of infection per 100000 population.
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Cases exploding in Europe.

Even in highly vaxxed Norway.

But in better news Regeneron has announced the results of a Phase3 study of their antibody coughtail which was successful in preventing covid for months with a single dose.
May prove a good idea for immunocompromised patients.
 

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Cases exploding in Europe.

Even in highly vaxxed Norway.

But in better news Regeneron has announced the results of a Phase3 study of their antibody coughtail which was successful in preventing covid for months with a single dose.
May prove a good idea for immunocompromised patients.


It really seems to be going backwards in Europe. Ireland too with 92% of adults fully vaccinated looking at vaccine passports and work from home proposals.

In the UK "Tory chief Oliver Dowden said ministers haven't ruled out reintroducing measures like quarantine and PCR tests if necessary"

More worryingly is it a prelude for where we will be in 6 months time
 
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So majority of boosters in UK going to recipients of AZ, as the MRNAs were mostly only offered to the under 40s; and its mostly the over 50s at the 6 month mark.
 

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So majority of boosters in UK going to recipients of AZ, as the MRNAs were mostly only offered to the under 40s; and its mostly the over 50s at the 6 month mark.
Mrs FB had 2x AZ and had her booster yesterday which was Pfizer. She is not over 50, but in the critical risk group due to a stroke nearly 10 years ago.
 

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The situation in Europe is becoming more depressing by the day - its only the start of winter.

Parts (if not all) of Austria will go into full lockdown it seems. I wouldn't be surprised if other parts of Europe have to do the same at some point. Its pretty catastrophic for anyone planning a trip this winter.

Austrian COVID-19 cases keep rising as provinces prepare full lockdown

The travel requirements are also ramping up with intra european travel requiring more testing.

Austria Imposes Stricter Entry Rules Due to Another Wave of COVID-19 - SchengenVisaInfo.com

Europe Becomes Once Again the Epicentre of COVID-19 - What It Means for Travel - SchengenVisaInfo.com

Its not surprising that demand for travel ex AU is soft.
 

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The situation in Europe is becoming more depressing by the day - its only the start of winter.

Parts (if not all) of Austria will go into full lockdown it seems. I wouldn't be surprised if other parts of Europe have to do the same at some point. Its pretty catastrophic for anyone planning a trip this winter.

Austrian COVID-19 cases keep rising as provinces prepare full lockdown

The travel requirements are also ramping up with intra european travel requiring more testing.

Austria Imposes Stricter Entry Rules Due to Another Wave of COVID-19 - SchengenVisaInfo.com

Europe Becomes Once Again the Epicentre of COVID-19 - What It Means for Travel - SchengenVisaInfo.com

Its not surprising that demand for travel ex AU is soft.


It is why I booked to go to Europe at the height of Summer next year as it will be an 8 week trip and I want to be able to country hop (while I have friends there I don't have close family there to induce me to rush over), as I wanted to wait and see what happened after a European Winter, and also with more time by the relevant authorities to see what is actually required to keep things under control and to allow them to tweak things. ie What mix of vaccination %, what age cohorts (ie young children), booster doses and public health measures.

We are still in the early days of living with Covid in a vaccination world. Plus if there is one thing we know about Covid it is that the waves keep coming, and that the virus keeps evolving. So how robust each country is to those waves only time will tell. Hopefully in time the waves will only be moderate ones.

So far Portugal is still looking quite good with its combination of measures including its whole of population 86.6% fully vaxxed rate.

Whereas so far some countries vaccination rates are too low to tempt me to visit.
 
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Is there anyone who were able to get igG antibody test to determine how much antibodies you still have few month after second dose?
In some countries it is very easy to just self request in any pathology nearby. But I haven't heard anyone doing this in Australia.
 

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