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The issues with trauma and alcohol abuse are really limited to certain parts of the population. My wife’s colleague lives in Umlazi, a large township just outside of Durban and he tells her that this prohibition has no effect on the population there who still persist in getting drunk by any means possible. They either plunder the liquor stores that are closed, or they make their own hooch. Either way they stay drunk and remain defiant of lockdown regulations. My take on this is that what government should be doing is criminally prosecuting any person admitted to hospital in an intoxicated state. 

 

In the meantime though, millions of people who rely on this industry to put food on the table, such as restaurants, store owners, breweries, distillers and the myriad of related industries are crippled by the ban. No help from government is coming for them. I bumped into a former photography student of mine who was retrenched from his job at Ogilvy last month. He tells me that they had to let go of more than half their staff because all their blue chip clients were simply not booking any ad space anymore. 

 

The tragedy will continue to unfold this year. 

 

We got a message late last night that my wife’s father was sent home, so we are hoping that he’s ok. I will keep you all updated.

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My wife has had some family tragedy due to COVID 19.  One of her aunts passed hitting her suddenly and hard.  Her aunt was 80+ years old and thought she only had a cold.  It took just over a week for her to succumb after being in the hospital on a ventilator for 4 days.

 

The aunts other sister and husband noticed her not looking well when they went over for their weekly card game.   Turns out that it was not a cold and her other aunt and uncle (both over 80) are now COVID positive.  

Now, all we can do is sit and wait to see if her other aunt/uncle are going to pull through.   They both have other health conditions that could make this a very bad situation.

 

And in other news, I was talking with my niece yesterday, who is 17, and she told us that she didn't want to tell anybody, but she tested positive for COVID back in September 2020.  After she found out from a swab test, she self isolated.  She is a college student and just stayed in her dorm and had friends drop food off to her when she needed it.  She described having body aches and cold like symptoms, but nothing more serious than that.

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Very sorry for the loss of your wife's aunt, Andrew. Hopefully the other aunt und uncle will fully recover.

 

From Saturday on we'll have a curfew from 21.00 till 04:30 in The Netherlands. For me it's no big deal but for others the lack of (perceived) freedom may be troublesome.

The government has released another support package for the affected businesses, entrepreneurs and employees. Total cost so far for the support packages and loss of tax income is estimated at around 75 billion Euros (around 8% of GDP). It feels very weird, there's a medical and human crisis yet for the majority of employed Dutch people salaries are still secure, savings are at a record level as are the house and stock prices. Crisis? What crisis?

 

 

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Likewise.  Keep your chin up!

 

 

On 22/01/2021 at 10:07, Luc de Schepper said:

Very sorry for the loss of your wife's aunt, Andrew. Hopefully the other aunt und uncle will fully recover.

 

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My wife had her first vaccination yesterday, at a mass vaccination centre at Lord's Cricket Ground (about ten minutes walk away from us). The UK has now vaccinated 5.3 million people, and is currently doing so at a rate of over 400,000 a day. Deaths continue to rise and total nearly 96,000. But we seem to be over the peak of the current wave, although the number of patients in the hospital means that there are still a lot of deaths to come.

 

We still do not know whether the vaccine stops transmission as well as protecting the individual.

 

I cycled past the centre later yesterday and grabbed an iPhone snap for my records.

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My limited understanding of vaccines is that they stop the virus from replicating itself inside your body, therefore allowing your immune system to fight off the concurrent sickness. I suppose then by logic if there is less virus in a person's body there is less chance of it being onwardly transmitted. It's got something to do with proteins in your system. 

 

There's still no certainty from government here as to when a rollout may happen. Some are saying February, some are saying it won't happen because the government has no money left to pay for vaccines. That wouldn't surprise me because we've been waiting thirteen years for them to "fix" the electricity supply and that seems to be getting worse with each month that passes. We've just gone through a particularly irksome period of rolling blackouts to avoid the collapse of the grid. 🙄 

 

I won't be putting my hand up for vaccination personally, but I won't stand in the way of anybody who wants to take it. I've never even had a flu shot so I think my chances of fighting covid off naturally are good. 

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I believe that it is the duty of everyone to their society to do whatever they can to reduce this horrible plague. For some, this may mean that the vaccine may damage them. But the risk from the disease is far, far greater. And the damage to everyone in society is greater still.

 

Please, everyone, if you have the chance to be vaccinated, please take it unless you have a known specific medical reason not to.

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For decades now I've gotten a flu shot every year.

 

Next Tuesday I'm scheduled to get my first Covid vacine shot.  I believe it's the Pfiser one.   Hundreds in my area have already received one (or both) of their vacine shots and no one has had a serious reaction.  Also, virtually all of the nurses and Doctors in these parts have gotten both of their vacine shots too.

 

After my second shot on February 2, I'll have a 95% less chance of getting Covid, and my personal medical doctor has told me that after the second vacine shot I can go back to my gym and start working out again if I want to.  Besides that, I might also start going to movies again.  

 

 

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Just had my first shot, Oxford/AstraZeneca. It was a very efficient operation. I arrived a few minutes early and was out before my scheduled time. The atmosphere in the centre was inspiringly upbeat and cheerful.

 

The UK has adopted a policy of delaying the second shot so that it can maximise the number of people who have some protection. The theory is that giving large numbers some protection will save more lives than giving a smaller number greater individual protection. It will be interesting to see if this is right, but the medical authorities are confident of the science.

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Got my first shot, didn't feel a thing.  It was the "Moderna" vaccine.  My second one is scheduled for a couple of weeks. 

 

I talked with a number of folks who've already had their second shot.  A few had unpleasant reactions - fever, feeling miserable, sore arms, etc. for a day or two.   Some had no adverse reaction.  None-the-less, the wife and I do plan to go ahead with the second shot.

 

In my area, some doctors are advising their younger patients NOT to get the shots, because of possible sterilization.   Well, I'm in my 60's, and already have 5 kids and 12 grand-kids - so that's not a concern of mine.

 

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The sterilisation rumour is unsupported by any medical evidence or scientific theory. It is shocking that medical practitioners are spreading this false information.

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7 hours ago, Anthony said:

The sterilisation rumour is unsupported by any medical evidence or scientific theory. It is shocking that medical practitioners are spreading this false information.

 

 I wish it wasn't. Maybe we could deal with the pandemic and the overpopulation in one shot, or two ;)

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