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1 minute ago, Melissa in Australia said:

My ds in Melbourne thought it was an excavator that was working next door driving through his house. The noise and shaking. He said it took a few moments for him to realise it was an earthquake.

earthquakes are so rare that chances of a truck coming through a building is higher

For sure!

I told DD if there was another one, Dan would forgive her for leaving iso to go outdoors 😂

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2 hours ago, Melissa Louise said:

Victoria has contracted to provide sir purification systems to all government schools + low fee Catholic and independent schools. Plus more $ for shade sails to expand outdoor learning areas. 

Have had a couple of crazy busy days so thanks so much for keeping me up to date!  So happy to see these steps being taken as I suspect they will reduce illness in general not just COVID.  I have been thinking of the number of families I know who have one or more kids sick pretty  much constantly and thinking really this is not normal.  I mean we’ve accepted it as normal but it should be. We need to make healthier living environments for our kids.

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3 hours ago, Ausmumof3 said:

How is NZ going these days?

Reasonably well. They are taking a calculated risk and loosening Auckland's restrictions today by just a little. It appears that the cases are contained and mostly spreading in households or through known contacts. But they are also pushing vaccines super duper hard. Auckland hit 80% today (first doses), and they are trying to get it to 90% in 2 weeks when they meet again to consider dropping Auckland down to a even lower alert level. Until today, they have avoided giving a number, but they are now saying 90%+ is what they are after. We are still managing 1.5 % of the population getting a jab every. single. day. They are reiterating that they are NOT abandoning elimination, but they think that the long tail is very long but still manageable. The cases are still restricted to Auckland city only.

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7 hours ago, Ausmumof3 said:

Have had a couple of crazy busy days so thanks so much for keeping me up to date!  So happy to see these steps being taken as I suspect they will reduce illness in general not just COVID.  I have been thinking of the number of families I know who have one or more kids sick pretty  much constantly and thinking really this is not normal.  I mean we’ve accepted it as normal but it should be. We need to make healthier living environments for our kids.

Yes! When DS was in public highschool for a few months he was sick CONSTANTLY. All upper respiratory. Come to find out, this is a known thing at that school - teachers and kids with constant upper respiratory issues. Likely because the school backs up to a cement plant, and the hall ways are all outdoors - so constantly breathing in cement dust. 

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NIH announces the RECOVER study on Long Covid:
https://www.science.org/content/article/study-40-000-people-will-probe-mysteries-long-covid

"Long Covid, or what NIH calls postacute sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 infection (PASC), can include pain, fatigue, “brain fog,” trouble sleeping, headaches, shortness of breath, fever, chronic cough, depression, and anxiety that linger or appear more than 4 weeks after an initial infection. Sometimes the symptoms are so severe that a person can’t work and struggles through daily tasks.

The Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention estimates 10% to 30% of COVID-19 patients develop Long Covid. Possible explanations include a hidden reservoir of SARS-CoV-2, a misfiring immune system, or a metabolic problem triggered by the infection, Collins said. But, he acknowledged, “We don’t know.”

NIH outlined its initial plans for a Long Covid research program in February, after Congress approved $1.15 billion over 4 years to study the condition. The program’s centerpiece study announced today, the Researching COVID to Enhance Recovery (RECOVER) Initiative, is funded with a $470 million grant to New York University (NYU) Langone Health. NYU will make subawards to more than 100 researchers at 35 institutions who will enroll patients using a common protocol.

Starting in October, the program will aim to enroll between 30,000 and 40,000 volunteers over 12 months from diverse populations in all 50 states. Although some people who already have Long Covid will be studied, the majority will have acute infections—that is, they will have just fallen sick with COVID-19, said NYU Grossman School of Medicine cardiologist Stuart Katz, the study’s principal investigator. The study will include hospitalized patients as well as those with milder COVID-19 cases—it’s not clear whether being sicker initially leads to more Long Covid.

Using electronic medical records and providing participants with wearable devices that monitor heart rates, sleep, and more, the study will compare the health of those who quickly recover with others whose symptoms persist, looking for risk factors and biological clues that may explain the different outcomes. Researchers will also explore questions such as whether getting a COVID-19 vaccination eases Long Covid symptoms, as some anecdotal reports suggest.

About one-half of those enrolled will be children, including some newborns, NIH officials hope. Even though children with COVID-19 usually have mild or no symptoms, concerns about long-term effects are growing because the number of cases in children is now “the highest it’s been throughout the entire pandemic,” Diana Bianchi, director of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, said on the Zoom call.

The study won’t itself test new treatments for Long Covid, Katz said. But its leaders will try to identify proteins or molecular processes that play a role in Long Covid and could be blocked with an existing drug. NIH hopes to find those targets within 18 months and then launch treatment trials using its remaining congressional funding for Long Covid research."

 

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16 cases for ACT.

1063 in NSW and 6 deaths

766 in Vic and 4 deaths.

73.4% single dose of vaccine.

Vic is short of Pfizer again.  They have some in reserve for second doses but can’t get confirmation about when the next lot is coming in so don’t want to use it.  According to ABC anyway. 1 testing centre is closed due to earthquake damage.

 

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Just now, Ausmumof3 said:

16 cases for ACT.

1063 in NSW and 6 deaths

766 in Vic and 4 deaths.

73.4% single dose of vaccine.

Vic is short of Pfizer again.  They have some in reserve for second doses but can’t get confirmation about when the next lot is coming in so don’t want to use it.  According to ABC anyway. 1 testing centre is closed due to earthquake damage.

 

October is meant to see disruptions to Pfizer too. 

I really wish over 60's would just go get AZ. 

Anecdotally, many of dd's uni peers have gotten AZ in the last month. They see each other getting it and doing ok, and it's building a lot of confidence in that cohort. So proud of them for biting the bullet and taking all that was available to them. 

DS has just gone out to check out a rumour the local hospital has second dose Pfizer. Because the Polish doses are spread nine weeks apart, and he will be back at work before his second scheduled dose. 

 

 

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So, NSW Ed Department grilled today in a live stream about Covid mitigation. 

Re windows, not all schools will have been checked by Asset Management before school goes back. A check is a visual check of all windows. There is no timeline for fixing windows after observation.

There is no plan for ventilation when there is smoke from fires or back burning. We get to choose - lung damage from the smoke, or close the windows and risk Covid. 

 

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18 hours ago, Ausmumof3 said:

I can’t read Swedish.  Anyone know if this guys take on this article is accurate?  

Google translate says this (though this doesn't answer your accuracy question):

Deaths from COVID-19 Covid-19 infection remains in special housing for the elderly in Överkalix. Of a total of 17 confirmed cases among users so far, 8 have unfortunately died. Start Press News Deceased in... Listen Covid among users and staff Since the first confirmed case on 3 September, we have had 17 users who have been found to be infected with COVID-19. Unfortunately, eight of them have died. Eleven staff in the affected operations have also been identified with COVID-19. We work closely with Smittskydd and Vårdhygien Region Norrbotten, as well as Överkalix Health Centre. We also closely follow directives on measures to prevent further spread of infection.

Regular sampling Both users and staff are regularly sampled to also find those infected who show no symptoms, thus preventing further spread of infection. Since 13 September, no new cases have been identified. Regular sampling for both users and staff will continue as recommended by healthcare hygiene as long as necessary.

Vaccinated According to the information provided by the municipality, all infected users except one must have accepted the COVID vaccine, and are double vaccinated. We know that among the staff the willingness to vaccinate has been very good, but as an employer we cannot collect information about how individual employees have chosen to do. Continued visiting restrictions The staff are doing a good job and we are doing everything we can to prevent further spread of COVID-19. We urge relatives to continue to avoid visiting our special accommodations for the elderly.

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Does anyone else get state reporting on variants? Most of the time when I check the data, it shows a majority of cases as Delta. Today I checked and Delta accounts for 32.5% and Alpha is 28%. Iota was the only other significant number, at 12.8. I thought that was interesting and wondered what others were seeing in their neck of the woods. 

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Here Delta is 99% of the variants sequenced in the past 4 weeks.

Overall, I guess since the beginning of when they started sequencing, it's 29.5%.  Which is the highest percentage but Alpha has 28.2% so not far behind.  But we were among the first hit hard in the beginning so that makes sense.

We also have 17.5% Iota.  And 20% "other variants".  

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Nsw 1007 11 deaths

Vic 847 1 death

ACT 32

NZ 16 - 13 linked

QLD - 1 local but in home quarantine 

It’s AFL grand final day here which is a big day for Aussies.  The worry is that people will breach orders and get together creating a super spread situation.  

 

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On 9/24/2021 at 9:17 AM, whitestavern said:

Google translate says this (though this doesn't answer your accuracy question):

Deaths from COVID-19 Covid-19 infection remains in special housing for the elderly in Överkalix. Of a total of 17 confirmed cases among users so far, 8 have unfortunately died. Start Press News Deceased in... Listen Covid among users and staff Since the first confirmed case on 3 September, we have had 17 users who have been found to be infected with COVID-19. Unfortunately, eight of them have died. Eleven staff in the affected operations have also been identified with COVID-19. We work closely with Smittskydd and Vårdhygien Region Norrbotten, as well as Överkalix Health Centre. We also closely follow directives on measures to prevent further spread of infection.

Regular sampling Both users and staff are regularly sampled to also find those infected who show no symptoms, thus preventing further spread of infection. Since 13 September, no new cases have been identified. Regular sampling for both users and staff will continue as recommended by healthcare hygiene as long as necessary.

Vaccinated According to the information provided by the municipality, all infected users except one must have accepted the COVID vaccine, and are double vaccinated. We know that among the staff the willingness to vaccinate has been very good, but as an employer we cannot collect information about how individual employees have chosen to do. Continued visiting restrictions The staff are doing a good job and we are doing everything we can to prevent further spread of COVID-19. We urge relatives to continue to avoid visiting our special accommodations for the elderly.

Thanks.  At least it tells me that what he was saying the article was saying is what it did say.  

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23 minutes ago, Ausmumof3 said:

Nsw 1007 11 deaths

Vic 847 1 death

ACT 32

NZ 16 - 13 linked

QLD - 1 local but in home quarantine 

I feel so sad for the day when the Melbourne numbers overtake the Sydney ones, within the next few weeks. I am hoping the effect of vaccination and warmer weather kicks in.

I know two virulent anti-vaxer men who were constantly posting anti-vax stuff on fb etc, who have now been vaccinated (because they had to, for work). And the anti-vax stuff has basically slowed to nothing online (they just whinge about other stuff). 

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15 hours ago, Ausmumof3 said:

Singapore bringing back some restrictions despite high vaccination rates - clear detailed explanations as always here. 
 

https://www.moh.gov.sg/news-highlights/details/stabilising-our-covid-19-situation-and-protecting-our-overall-healthcare-capacity_24September2021

The health minister is saying that new Covid19 cases might reach the 5000/day mark soon. My niece would be back to HBL (home based learning). The PSLE (primary school leaving exams, 6th grade nationwide) is from Sep 30 to Oct 6th.

ETA: yesterday 1,650 new cases, 3 deaths

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37 minutes ago, bookbard said:

 

I feel so sad for the day when the Melbourne numbers overtake the Sydney ones, within the next few weeks. I am hoping the effect of vaccination and warmer weather kicks in.

I know two virulent anti-vaxer men who were constantly posting anti-vax stuff on fb etc, who have now been vaccinated (because they had to, for work). And the anti-vax stuff has basically slowed to nothing online (they just whinge about other stuff). 

Yeah.  Seems like mitigation efforts aren’t really working right now.  Well they probably are compared to what would have been, but not enough.  Mostly this thing seems to have 8 week waves or a bit longer.  I really hope it turns around.

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3 hours ago, Ausmumof3 said:

Nsw 1007 11 deaths

Vic 847 1 death

ACT 32

NZ 16 - 13 linked

QLD - 1 local but in home quarantine 

It’s AFL grand final day here which is a big day for Aussies.  The worry is that people will breach orders and get together creating a super spread situation.  

 

It's strange that I can look at a number like 1007 and feel relatively good about it. I guess that's the plateau effect - you are just so thankful when the numbers aren't climbing. 

It is going to be a challenge in the last months of the year for us to be back to rising numbers, and everything open (I assume numbers will rise?)

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2 hours ago, Arcadia said:

The health minister is saying that new Covid19 cases might reach the 5000/day mark soon. My niece would be back to HBL (home based learning). The PSLE (primary school leaving exams, 6th grade nationwide) is from Sep 30 to Oct 6th.

ETA: yesterday 1,650 new cases, 3 deaths

How long has your niece been back at school ?

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6 hours ago, Melissa Louise said:

How long has your niece been back at school ?

They just had their September one week break but were back in school since June 28th. 

”Term III    28 Jun to Fri 3 Sep

Term IV     13 Sep to *Fri 19 Nov”

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6 hours ago, Melissa Louise said:

It's strange that I can look at a number like 1007 and feel relatively good about it. I guess that's the plateau effect - you are just so thankful when the numbers aren't climbing. 

It is going to be a challenge in the last months of the year for us to be back to rising numbers, and everything open (I assume numbers will rise?)

That’s the prediction anyway.  I kind of hope it’s wrong and somehow we vaccinate and booster ourselves out of that scenario.

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NSW and VIC getting closer with 787 and 705 respectively; I wonder if numbers are lower due to the weekend though. 

Met a young guy today who said he'd never been vaccinated, even as a baby, and he was fine, so . . . but then he did say 'if I end up having to, then I will.' It'll be the needing to be vaccinated to go to the pub which will get these guys vaccinated, I bet anything. I did suggest Moderna was starting to be available locally and he said he'd keep an eye out, so here's hoping he gets onto it. 

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43 minutes ago, bookbard said:

NSW and VIC getting closer with 787 and 705 respectively; I wonder if numbers are lower due to the weekend though. 

Met a young guy today who said he'd never been vaccinated, even as a baby, and he was fine, so . . . but then he did say 'if I end up having to, then I will.' It'll be the needing to be vaccinated to go to the pub which will get these guys vaccinated, I bet anything. I did suggest Moderna was starting to be available locally and he said he'd keep an eye out, so here's hoping he gets onto it. 

Apparently five weeks after 80% there won't be government required barriers for the unvaccinated, so I assume people who don't want to get vaccinated will just look for a pub that doesn't 'discriminate'.

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7 minutes ago, Melissa Louise said:

Apparently five weeks after 80% there won't be government required barriers for the unvaccinated, so I assume people who don't want to get vaccinated will just look for a pub that doesn't 'discriminate'.

Yeah, I only found that out today. It's a big disincentive to people to announce that - they'll just hold out till then. 

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1 hour ago, Melissa Louise said:

NSW expected to reach 92% double vaccination rates (16+) by end of Nov.

Pretty amazing take-up - literally everyone except hard core anti-vaccination ppl and a small % unable to be vaccinated.

That's really good.  The UK should be at 89 percent of 16-plus soon, but uptake is slowing. Eta Scotland should be at 91 percent soon.

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https://www.reuters.com/business/healthcare-pharmaceuticals/pfizer-begins-study-covid-19-antiviral-drug-2021-09-27/

Sept 27 (Reuters) - Pfizer Inc said on Monday it has started a mid-to-late-stage study testing its investigational oral antiviral drug for the prevention of COVID-19 infection among those who have been exposed to the virus.

The company and its rivals, including U.S.-based Merck & Co Inc and Swiss pharmaceutical Roche Holding AG, have been racing to develop the first antiviral pill for COVID-19.

Pfizer said it would study the drug, PF-07321332, in up to 2,660 healthy adult participants aged 18 and older who live in the same household as an individual with a confirmed symptomatic COVID-19 infection.

The trial would test PF-07321332 with a low dose of ritonavir, an older medication widely used in combination treatments for HIV infection.

Merck and partner Ridgeback Biotherapeutics said earlier this month they had begun enrolling patients in a late-stage trial of their experimental drug molnupiravir for prevention of COVID-19 infection.

Pfizer had also said earlier this month it started a mid-to-late-stage trial of PF-07321332 for the treatment of COVID-19 in non-hospitalized, symptomatic adult patients. 

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5 hours ago, Melissa Louise said:

But face masks scrapped from December 🙁

Unless they start vaccinating kids before then, it’s going to run through the kids at that point then. At least the adults will hopefully still be pretty well protected via their vaccines still. I guess it will give us more idea of whether the breakthroughs we’re  seeing are more a function of delta or of vaccines waning.

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6 minutes ago, Terabith said:

A fully vaccinated sixth grade teacher here is in the ICU with a breakthrough case.  

Oh dear. I hope he/she improves soon. Do you know an age range? I’m very eager for my elderly parents to get boosted. 

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4 minutes ago, KSera said:

Oh dear. I hope he/she improves soon. Do you know an age range? I’m very eager for my elderly parents to get boosted. 

I don't know him personally, but from the picture posted, I would guess 50's?  He is diabetic.  

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