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  1. ben damph

    Match Day - Bristol City v PNE - 16/01/2021 - KO:15:00 - Championship

    Took ages to load the site - got a message saying site is down - but I have got pictures!
  2. ben damph

    This corona virus thing...

    When you say pre existing immunity due to previous exposure, which disease(s) are you talking about?
  3. ben damph

    This corona virus thing...

    Well test and trace has limited deaths in Vietnam to 35, and the current level of transmission is 0. So it's not worked perfectly, but it's done a hell of a lot better than the UK's "method". Imposed a lot less restrictions on people's lives, and has isolated individuals for 14 days rather than...
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    This corona virus thing...

    And did you find his criticism of the UK justified? Particularly in regard to the slow initial response and the failure to get a working tracing system?
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    This corona virus thing...

    Don't know either of them. I've read the article, and while it doesn't tell the whole story, I can't see anything he's got wrong. Have you read it, or just dismissed it on the basis of the author?
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    This corona virus thing...

    Perhaps not the best example of a success story https://edition.cnn.com/2021/01/04/asia/japan-covid-state-of-emergency-intl-hnk/index.html
  7. ben damph

    This corona virus thing...

    I'm sure they help they slow transmission, but I don't believe a lock down can remove the virus completely . Test and trace and isolate properly can do that. Its big weakness is that you need to close your borders for this to work unless all countries are doing the same thing. I'm sure the...
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    This corona virus thing...

    Not a great fan of lock downs actually. As I've posted before it's a blunt tool and absolutely a last resort. We've had 5 outbreaks now - all stopped but only 1 of them used a national lock down to do it. It worked, but it was done VERY early - (total cases over 5 outbreaks and all repatriations...
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    This corona virus thing...

    From my point of view, the way they've dealt with it in Vietnam has been better in all aspects. Deaths are low, the economy is still growing and the vast majority of the country has been restriction free since early May - which also means the rest of the health service is able to treat people as...
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    This corona virus thing...

    I've had absolutely no restrictions since May 4th - I've had to fill in some forms with info about other cities I've visited in the last 14 days when there's an outbreak. In terms of who I'm allowed to meet and where and in what numbers it's been just like it was before.
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    This corona virus thing...

    You don't even need to lockdown - Vietnam has had 4 separate outbreaks and stopped 3 of them without locking down. The other was used as a circuit breaker - but that was when they had maybe 20 untraced possible spreaders rather than thousands. As I posted above, the key is rapid tracing and...
  12. ben damph

    This corona virus thing...

    You still can't get in.;) The big difference here is tracing and isolation. The tracing works and they use it to take suspected carriers out of circulation, which allows the rest of the country to carry on near enough as normal. Key points - start tracing and isolating from day 1. There is no...
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    This corona virus thing...

    Hi Jake....
  14. ben damph

    WHO REMEMBERS?

  15. ben damph

    This corona virus thing...

    Just announced today that domestic transmission has started again - a flight attendant from Vietnam Airlines breaking the isolation rules. All international flights suspended as a result. The huge difference here is that the Gov have already found 200 first and second level contacts of the...
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    This corona virus thing...

    Ironic that the "freedom loving" UK has suffered huge numbers of deaths, a wrecked economy and still ended up imposing more restrictions than the countries that cracked down "unacceptably" hard early on.
  17. ben damph

    This corona virus thing...

    I'm not sure what you're getting at here. You don't need to be an island to close your borders or carry out testing on people coming in. The UK wouldn't do this, even while imposing a full lockdown.
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    This corona virus thing...

    But if it was widespread (rather than just present) why did nobody notice? Why weren't the hospitals full to overflowing? I can only speak for Vietnam here, but mask wearing indoors is not common - you don't see it in schools, restaurants , bars or cafes. The Government started warning people...
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    This corona virus thing...

    Strangely though, I've seen no suggestions it had arrived in places like Hong Kong, Thailand or Vietnam any time before January. Mind boggling in fact, given the numbers involved. Chinese visitors to the UK in 2019 883,000, France 2.4 million, Vietnam 5.8 million, and Thailand 11 million. Hong...
  20. ben damph

    Cycling

    Absolutely foul weather for the last 80km or so and he clearly handled it better than the other GC guys. Not surprising when you train in the Trough of Bowland! His biggest problem is a weak team - only Woods looks capable of being with him anywhere near the finish.
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