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BenGarfield

Members
Feb 22, 2019
263
crawley
Genuine science / medicine question here - why do these global epidemics always seem to originate in the Far East or more specifically China? SARS, bird flu and now this have all started out there.

China’s a diverse country; parts are incredibly densely populated yet prosperous, others more isolated but deprived. Many towns and cities will no doubt be a blend of those extremes. You could probably apply the same to India for instance though, and yet we don’t seem to see the development of new viruses or diseases there in the same way.

So, yeah, why China?
I dont think they do always start in China - theres some evidence that the Sars-Cov-2 virus was prevalent in the USA and elsewhere at the end of 2019 before the alleged Wuhan lab leek in China
 


crodonilson

Bisexual - He/Him
Jan 17, 2005
12,935
Lyme Regis
So I woke up this morning and felt as sick as a dog.

Battled through the day but knew something wasn't right, got home took and there it is, I have the dreaded virus.

:nono:

Absolutely gutted, we will now be isolating for the next week which means we will miss the Halloween ball tomorrow evening and trick or treating on Monday. We've been so careful over the past 2 and a half years but we have let our guard down in recent months and mixed with other households and even stopped wearing masks in crowded areas.
 

Harry Wilson's tackle

Harry Wilson's Tackle
Oct 8, 2003
40,537
Faversham
So I woke up this morning and felt as sick as a dog.

Battled through the day but knew something wasn't right, got home took and there it is, I have the dreaded virus.

:nono:

Absolutely gutted, we will now be isolating for the next week which means we will miss the Halloween ball tomorrow evening and trick or treating on Monday. We've been so careful over the past 2 and a half years but we have let our guard down in recent months and mixed with other households and even stopped wearing masks in crowded areas.
This is probably a fitting end to the covid thread. Low comedy from Crodo - that went unnoticed.
 

Durlston

Pelè
Jul 15, 2009
9,384
Haywards Heath
Still waiting for the chance to book a Covid-19 booster. I'm concerned about not getting one before the end of the year. I need one before the winter virus season starts to bite as my immune system isn't the greatest at the moment.
 
Still waiting for the chance to book a Covid-19 booster. I'm concerned about not getting one before the end of the year. I need one before the winter virus season starts to bite as my immune system isn't the greatest at the moment.

There's plenty of ways to book one. Say you live with someone vulnerable. The NHS website let's you book one if you enter yes to that. They don't ask for evidence. A colleague of mine managed to book his by saying he was pregant.
 

Tom Hark Preston Park

Lost to the vultures
Jul 6, 2003
65,653
Do we never learn?

No. No we don't. Criminally prioritising the Chinese tourist spend over public health considerations. As always, a total thick-as-mince disgrace by our idiot leaders :rolleyes:

 
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Kinky Gerbils

Im The Scatman
Jul 16, 2003
56,060
hassocks
No. No we don't. Criminally prioritising the Chinese tourist spend over public health considerations. As always, a total thick-as-mince disgrace by our idiot leaders :rolleyes:

“Chief medical officer Chris Whitty told health secretary Steve Barclay there was no evidence tests on travellers would have any effect”

Is Whitty taking the Chinese cash?
 

Harry Wilson's tackle

Harry Wilson's Tackle
Oct 8, 2003
40,537
Faversham
This is interesting
BMJ 2022;379:e072561
article free at this address http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/

Title: "Everything causes cancer? Beliefs and attitudes towards cancer prevention among anti-vaxxers, flat earthers, and reptilian conspiracists: online cross sectional survey"

Objective: To evaluate, using an online non-probability sample, the beliefs about and attitudes towards cancer prevention of people professing vaccination scepticism or conspiracy theories.
Design: Cross sectional survey.
Setting: Data collected mainly from ForoCoches (a well known Spanish forum) and other platforms, including Reddit (English), 4Chan (English), HispaChan (Spanish), and a Spanish language website for cancer prevention (mejorsincancer.org) from January to March 2022.

Conclusion: Almost half of the participants agreed that “It seems like everything causes cancer,” which highlights the
difficulty that society encounters in differentiating actual and mythical causes owing to mass information. People who believed in conspiracies, rejected the covid-19 vaccine, or preferred alternative medicine were more likely to endorse the mythical
causes of cancer than their counterparts but were less likely to endorse the actual causes of cancer. These results suggest a direct connection between digital misinformation and consequent erroneous health decisions, which may represent a further preventable fraction of cancer.
 

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