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Thanks all for the kind remarks. Feel much better today - just like a normal cold.

Mrs PP is ok too :biggrin:

Arose at 10.30. Shower, porridge, ready :situp:

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Margie is right. I keep popping in to see how you all are. Thankyou all so much for your posts.   I'm afraid we are not very well the pair of us. This must be the 'Long Covid' that we hear a

I really wish that more people were afraid. For their own safety.    I don't think anyone who hasn't witnessed in reality a person down on their hands and knees gasping  with a chest full of

Am in total dismay at the human race. It's becoming more like Mad Max at the moment.        This me me society we have created cares only about themselves: I'm alright Jack, the rest of you can f

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PP leased you are both feeling better today.x

Which make of vaccine did you have?

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Well at least that's a bit of good news in all the doom 'n' gloom at the moment!  Good to hear.

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6 hours ago, MargieH said:

PP leased you are both feeling better today.x

Which make of vaccine did you have?

Moderna. Previous 3 were Phizer.

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18 hours ago, MargieH said:

Has it not occurred to anyone that there appears to be fewer Covid cases because there are considerably fewer PCR tests being done and officially recorded

 

Also you now have to pay for PCR test £50/80 quid & with no legal requirement to self isolate, there is not much point in taking a test to find out if your ill, my plumber mate was telling me that self employed cannot catch this long covid malarky, funny that :crazy:

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12 hours ago, catfan said:

It's only a cold.

Unfortunately, for some  people it's much more than that

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A friend of mine in our village has just come out of a week’s stay in hospital.  She had caught Covid but it overstimulated her immune system and she became very ill.  Among other things, the area around her spinal cord became swollen and caused problems with her legs - pain and movement.  She has come home today but still has some problems with walking.  
Sometimes  Covid is not just a cold!!!!

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My oldest  Daughter just cancelled a planned barbeque for Sunday 17th.  She has Covid.

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On 4/13/2022 at 9:46 PM, MargieH said:

A friend of mine in our village has just come out of a week’s stay in hospital.  She had caught Covid but it overstimulated her immune system and she became very ill.  Among other things, the area around her spinal cord became swollen and caused problems with her legs - pain and movement.  She has come home today but still has some problems with walking.  
Sometimes  Covid is not just a cold!!!!

OK, it's just a bad cold then.

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As of Friday 20th May, daily Covid figures were still running at something like: 6 003 cases, 80 deaths and 626 admissions (hint of an upward tick again) That is still around 30000 deaths per annum. These are official figures from the ONS. I think it's also pretty safe to assume that case numbers are an underestimate now that PCR tests are no longer free and are on sale for around £2.00 each, in the middle of a Cost of Living Crisis. Obviously the countless £Billions dished out by Sunak to failed Talk Talk exec Dido Harding for 'Test and Trace'..has run out...but I digress..

 

Meanwhile, Govt. is barely mentioning Covid. (probably reminds them too much of all those lovely Parties they never had...) and the current vaccination programme seems to  consist of 4th or 5th boosters for  the extremely vulnerable, and all over 75s. Not much wrong with that you might think.  After all Covid is now, for most people, not much more than a cold. That's certainly true for everyone I know who has had the latest strain. Both daughters and their partners have had it, though youngest's  partner suffered a fair bit. He's completely unvaccinated. Brother, and Sister in Law had it. Even Mrs Col had it and miraculously I escaped it.

 

Also, it seems reasonable to assume that if you've had Covid and have a functioning immune system, you are likely to have the best possible  protection..at least for a while.  It is known that natural immunity and vaccine induced immunity to Coronaviruses, including Covid-19, both wane after a few months.

 

So.. although I'm pretty relaxed about it all now, and going about my business pretty much normally, apart from mask wearing in some places and the hand washing I've always done..

.....I found myself wondering what is the difference in risk between a fit 75 year old, and a 73 year old with Heart Failure and other significant ticker trouble? It does look as though serious Covid infections seem to 'home in', on any weakness the victim has..

 

I asked this question in 'another place', and somebody pointed me to the Govt. ' Green Book', which I'd never heard of, and specifically to Chapter 14a, which outlines exactly who should be getting a booster, six months after their last Covid-19 jab.

 

https://assets.publishing.service.g...ile/1057798/Greenbook-chapter-14a-28Feb22.pdf

 

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The above clearly states: 'Chronic Heart Failure'. Tick, and 'Individuals requiring regular medication and or/follow up for Ischaemic Heart Disease'. Tick.

 

So, I  called 119, the Covid Vaccination Advice Helpline and within minutes a very helpful young lady had booked me in for a 4th jab at a local centre.  The info on the 119 website does say that people with my condition should have a Spring Booster,but you have to look a long way down the site to find it.

 

Had the jab around midday Friday.  Moderna. Very slight sore arm. Felt a bit grotty yesterday but all seems well today. I was the only person I saw actually using the Vaccination Centre.

 

All above begs the question..if there are people sitting around twiddling their thumbs in Vaccine Centres, whilst their stock presumably 'goes off'..why are GPs not reporting their eligible patients to the Vax people and getting them offered the jab?

 

I looked at my medical record via 'Patient Access' this morning. The 4th jab has already been recorded.

 

Takeaway..  If you think you may be vulnerable, outside of the very narrow groups being loudly talked about.. check out the 'Green Book', above.  If you are in a vulnerable group and if you want to... call 119.

 

 

 

 
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I recently passed an open air vaccination station and it seemed that no one was attending.  There were maybe 8/10 staff and various NHS vehicles, but no patients. Why?  Presumably they are stocked with supplies that will go to waste if not used.

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No checks or tests on our travel over to Greece, they announced on landing masks should be worn in the airport, only a very small few even had one?

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I'm not thinking too much about it now. The numbers are going down; they went up a couple of months ago, and then came down again, all without the aid of any lockdowns or restrictions.

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It's become something we have to learn to live with it and treat it the same way as other diseases and illnesses.

 

 

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Anyone noticed AstraZeneca seems to have disappeared? I wonder why? 

 

Can’t believe we are still talking about it, I think some enjoyed lockdown a bit to much? 

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1 hour ago, Cliff Ton said:

I'm not thinking too much about it now. The numbers are going down; they went up a couple of months ago, and then came down again, all without the aid of any lockdowns or restrictions.

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It's become something we have to learn to live with it and treat it the same way as other diseases and illnesses.

 

 

 

I broadly agree that 'learning to live with it' is the correct direction of travel and a situation to aspire to.

 

For myself, I'm hugely relieved that nobody I know has been seriously ill or died from Covid.  As I said above, I'm pretty much living normally now.

 

However, the figures you posted above are for reported cases, which are falling at least partly because of the withrawal of free testing. More telling is the rate of hospitalisation, which must still be a drain on the NHS, and the death rate. If those deaths were murders, RTAs, Industrial accidents, drug deaths etc....they would be headline news.

 

However  the main point I was making is that there are still many who are vulnerable to Covid, even Omicron, and not all are being properly served by 'the system'. Recommendations for groups who should be vaccinated, seem to be getting ignored by both Govt., and whoever it is (presumably GPs) who is responsible for ensuring that those groups are offered the appropriate boosters.   Meanwhile  we have Vaccine Centres being underused.

Something is wrong somewhere.

 

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1 hour ago, radfordred said:

Anyone noticed AstraZeneca seems to have disappeared? I wonder why? 

 

Can’t believe we are still talking about it, I think some enjoyed lockdown a bit to much? 

 

For AZ. It is no secret.

 

As for your other comment. You have always been dismissive of the whole thing. You might feel differently if you were older, chronically sick or had lost someone.

 

 

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You hope too much Col. Where there's no sense, there's no feeling.

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I think you be better & safer sticking to ‘keep one’ & wheeling out your same old, same old, same old boring repetitive one liners, get your mask on & get me back on ignore. 

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So.. anyway......  

 

Those who are still in denial about Covid and those who think it's all over, will clearly not change their minds now.  If 2+ years of scientifically backed info isn't getting through then we are wasting our time on them.

 

Whilst I agree with Kev, (Cliff Ton) that the need for Lock Downs etc.. is now over..unless a new and virulent strain emerges, I do think that the figures, and also emerging info about long term consequences of infection, should tell all of us, but especially the older population.. that there is still a threat out there, over and above all other health threats, which the sensible should take note of.

By 'taking note of', I mean either maintaining vaccine protection where appropriate, or observing basic common sense measures.

 

In the meantime.. since the media seem to have lost interest..I will continue to copy figures into this thread, from the much misunderstood Pinkfishmedia.net

 

 
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UK data are no longer provided after NI stops reporting. So

14 592 cases and 85 deaths reported today and 573, 450 and 387 admissions reported over the weekend to 21/5. There are currently 5 000 patients in hospital, 1/4 of the peak.
 

 

 
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Covid can cause ongoing damage to heart, lungs and kidneys, study finds
One in eight Covid hospital patients have heart inflammation up to two months later, researchers find


Damage to the body’s organs including the lungs and kidneys is common in people who were admitted to hospital with Covid, with one in eight found to have heart inflammation, researchers have revealed.

https://www.theguardian.com/society...damage-to-heart-lungs-and-kidneys-study-finds
 

 

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If anything good comes from this covid malarkey folk may just take control of their own heath & wellbeing, those poor so called "keyworkers" where only able to enjoy the joys of lockdown by catching covid, strange how the self employed seem exempt from this so called long covid :crazy: 

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