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There is absolutely no way your bp will be the same as at rest, when lying on your bed. Then you walk/drive to the surgery, with all that entails, followed by the nerves rush whilst waiting with anticipation in the waiting room.

Thats why sometimes the nurse/gp says, sit down we'll try again in 5 minutes.

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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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3 hours ago, loppylugs said:

I am planning on cataract surgery

Hi Loppy,

I have had cataract surgery on both eyes in the last two months. Absolutely brilliant, you don't know how bad your eyes are until someone fixes them as the deterioration is so slow you don't notice it.

The operations were no problem, twighlight anaesthesia only after affect was like having sand in your eyes the evening of the operation but it was gone in the morning. Hope the BP can be controlled and that you can go ahead and have the operation. Then like me you will be able to see a pimple on a gnats bum at 50 paces.

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3 hours ago, Brew said:

 

It's the Chinese Col, they're socialist you know...      I  think you're looking for aspersions where there are none.  ;)

 

Yebbut.. the bulk of your post was surely taking the mick out of those who believe such conspiacy theories.. not the Chinese who are supposedly the villains.

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It was a choice and there are elements of several different theories. The Russians had first dibs but said they were too busy at the moment arranging Americas next president. The Illuminati said they'd give it go if the weather picks up and they get permission from their mam.  David Icke said he'd do it but wants too much in expenses. It only leaves the Chinese..

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Right, this is about Covid AND Politics so I'll try it here first and see where it goes.

 

I've just watched a BBC2 Prog called 'Totally Under Control.' ..which details the progress of Covid in the US and the Trump Administration's response to it.

To say it was truly appalling and more than a bit scary isn't even the half of it.

I urge everyone who hasn't seen it.. to watch it on the iPlayer.

I knew long before his election that Trump was a dangerous lunatic, Climate Change Denier, Science Denier etc. 

I knew he had constantly sought to deny both the prevalence of and the threat from the virus.

I knew that he had largely sidelined existing Federal Agencies and Scientists in favour of sycophants and nut jobs. Many appointed because their sycophancy and religious views outweighed their scientific or technical qualifications.

 

BUT, I did not know that he had actually FORCED US PPE Manufacturers to export their product to China, from where it was reimported by a few favoured Private Sector Organisations, before being sold to State Health Organisations at inflated prices.

 

That he blamed his predecessor for the shortage of various stuff .. and personnel.. which his own administration had disposed of since he came to office.

 

I did not know that he had actually installed an Whitehouse official in the public 'Centre For Disease Control', to 'approve and re-write' anything which contradicted his own idiot view of the situation.

 

The list goes on and on and on.

 

What America has been experiencing since Trump took power is borderline Fascism and I don't use the word lightly..

 

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5 minutes ago, Brew said:

It was a choice and there are elements of several different theories. The Russians had first dibs but said they were too busy at the moment arranging Americas next president. The Illuminati said they'd give it go if the weather picks up and they get permission from their mam.  David Icke said he'd do it but wants too much in expenses. It only leaves the Chinese..

 

Well.. when you put it like that.... :(

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5 hours ago, Beekay said:

Tell me Oz, how often is it that you go looking at Gnats bums, inspecting for pimples? 

I don't do it on purpose they just catch my eye as they fly past and now having superpowers vision I see them.

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I think it is time to correct some perceptions about Australia

12 hours ago, philmayfield said:

They do have the advantage of being 32 times bigger in area and less than half our population. 

Granted if you take the population density of the whole of Australia it comes out as 3.2 persons per sq kilometre. This is ultra simplistic as 66+% of our population live in our 8 capital cities and 84% of our total population live within 50km of the coast. Lets look at Sydney which is probably the best known of our cities.The average population density of greater Sydney is 304 per sq km. The Australian Bureau of Statistics show there are areas of Sydney where population density is between 10,000 and 20,000 per square km, admittedly these are high density housing areas with many high rise towers and blocks of flats. Most of urbanised greater Sydney has a density of around 4,300 per sq km. Around the same as Nottingham or Liverpool.

13 hours ago, Stuart.C said:

All they have to do now is keep it the same whilst allowing foreigners into the Country.

We do allow limited numbers of people to come into Australia, mostly returning ex-patriots but some people with special circumstances and business travellers are allowed to enter but all these have to undergo medi-hotel quarantine for two weeks at their expense and test negative for covid 19 twice during the quarantine period. Travellers from New Zealand are currently exempt from restrictions.

13 hours ago, Cliff Ton said:

.and on the other side of the world, adjacent to almost no-one else.

We can't help living in God's Country however the Indonesian border is only 245 km (152 miles) from Australia and Indonesia has a population of around 270 million. Papua New Guinea with a population of nine million people is only 3.8 km (2.4 miles) from Australian territory.

 

The real reasons that we have been so successful in so far combating the virus are that our federal politicians acted early and effectively closed our international borders and the few that were allowed to enter having to go into quarantine for two weeks.

During the second wave of infections we thankfully  had state premiers that went against the Federal Gov't advice to open up commerce and borders and effectively locked down state borders with other states and metropolitan borders with regions within their capital cities.  Melbourne a city of 5 million people put in place severe restrictions that lasted 111 days. Including a curfew, severe limitations on household and work contacts, limitation on non essential travel to 5 km from home, closing all shops schools, unis, pubs etc. etc. This was supported by effective tracking and tracing of contacts of those infected (Not the useless App promulgated by the Federal Government) and a massive testing program. This has reduced Covid cases from a peak of almost 700 cases per day in August to zero for 4 days running. I know it was a massive clamp down on the people of the state of Victoria and Melbourne in particular but so far it has worked. The city has started to open up again so let's see if there is a surge of cases in two or three weeks.

 

Whether the economic cost vs health arguments ever get resolved is another issue. 

 

Unfortunately as for the UK I cannot see dithering Boris making the necessary decisions either way,  either, to introduce a full and meaningful "lockdown" or a strategy that protects the vulnerable and allows everyone else to get on with things. In the meantime I hope everyone on here, many of whom like me are likely to be in the vulnerable category, do what you have to to reduce your exposure to others. Whatever happens this pandemic is far from over.

Stay safe and keep well

 

 

 

 

 

 

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We are now waiting for a new DCPM supposed to be coming out later. Think it's going to be regional lockdowns. At the moment cinemas , museums , are closed, shopping centres only open in the week and closed weekends. Waiting to hear about catering and shops apart from those necessary.

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Our son tested positive this morning. We last saw him 10 days ago so we are OK. He saw his son at the w/e so he is also having to self isolate. That's another teacher and ambulance driver out of circulation. More pressure on their colleagues. I reckon the schools will close when they run out of teachers.

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A friend of mine in her 60s has just tested positive, my Son in law from Doncaster went for the test after showing the symptoms. After 3 days they told him the test was inconclusive so he went for another, after 5 days he hadn't had a reply so he phoned them only to be told they had lost his contact details, and the test was positive. 

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Sadly as time goes on, we seem to now know of people in our areas or relations coming down with the virus. It was figures and graphs once, but now it is names we know.

 

I'm sad to say that the family living in the adjoining side of our semi have fallen victim to the virus now. The eldest of three children was diagnosed on Sunday so the whole family are now isolating themselves. Apparently the school at Telford has children with the virus, so they think she caught it there???? 

 

Yesterday we took our Granddaughter to the Aston Uni, to bring all of her belongings back home, so she is not alone in the rooms on her corridor at the campus. She is not one for night life/Parties or revelling it up, and has decided to study from home, where at least she has her mums company and us Grandies just around the corner. The other seven students on her corridor  have all gone home already.

 

Look after yourselves everyone.

 

 

 

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Good decision for your grand daughter Carni. When it comes close to home you realize how serious it is. You keep safe.

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On 11/1/2020 at 4:55 PM, Brew said:

Strangely enough I did exactly that before I posted and that's where my definition comes from.  I know I may not be the brightest flower in the bunch so please elucidate, I'm always willing to learn.

You might not be the brightest Brew but I think you will be one of the best...my opinion and I'm entitled to it 

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Carni.PP and Den. Please..please all be careful and stay safe.

 

As for students at uni. I feel really sorry for them as they were mostly obliged to turn up having already paid fees etc. They have been very badly served by both Govt. And the Unis.

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I have a neighbour who is a widow. She has diabetes and is overweight. She has a daughter who is also massively overweight..as is her husband. Both have Covid. Widow seems to think that she can be in a bubble with her daughter/son in law AND her son and his wife. I also clearly overheard her saying that kids can't get..or transmit Covid...10 months or more in and people still dont even grasp the basics.

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Some people are still not convinced of the seriuos nature of Covid, to be fair the information given out is enough to confuse anyone and changes almost with the wind direction. If as you say she is a neighbour I recomend you stay well clear, you'll never convince she's wrong.

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