Coronavirus - how is it/has it affected you?

RichA

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Yes, Billy, your middle paragraph meaning confused me for quite a while during this pandemic.
There we were ,being told that the mask you wore did not really protect you, but it did others. That could only have meant that the mask prevented droplets from you travelling to others , but aerosol breath could still get to you through the mask.
On that basis, I concluded that masks did little in confined indoor areas if you were all breathing the same air for some considerable time.

Others said they did protect the wearer , and after literature alleged that masks of a certain standard - "PM 2.5 preventable"- did offer protection to the wearer, then I changed my mind ( trusting the info to be correct).

I wear a mask in places where public go. I don't eat in restaurants etc.
Used to drink al fresco at golf club. Now I have a pint indoors not too near others, near open door etc etc.
Others think I'm too cautious, and I agree most are behaving in the clubhouse as if Covid has disappeared.
But, to date, the mask is still "one of my closest friends"😀
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Similar with me.
I'm one of the 50% still wearing a cloth mask in Tesco.
My daily commute on the train, I wear a mask with a 2.5+ carbon filter. While masks are discretionary, about 50% are wearing them. Passenger numbers are still way below 2019 levels, but increasing as flights from Stansted increase.
Once I'm on the Victoria Line, where mask wearing is mandatory, compliance goes down to about 25% at best and passenger numbers are pretty much back to pre-covid levels.
To highlight my own inconsistency, at work we aren't mask wearing in the busy, poorly ventilated office or if we go out in a vehicle. I often forget when I pop into the clubhouse to buy drinks, although almost everybody at the club still seems more comfortable having their post-golf eats and drinks on the veranda or in the giant gazebo.
My desire to spend time in pubs, restaurants, cinemas and sports stadia was waning before the pandemic. It's now nil.
 

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Yes(and No?).
First two were pFizer.
This one was Comirnaty vaccine, made by PFizer , so apparently the same!
As said above, Pfizer and Moderna will be the vax. It is interesting that JCVI specifically said that AZ would not be part off the booster programme. Clinical evidence so far is that 2 Pfizer or Moderna gives better coverage than 2 AZ, although that it is still good, and previous AZ recipients have the most to gain from a booster, especially if Pfizer or Moderna. In an ideal world, previous Pfizer recipients would get Moderna booster, and the other way round. I got Pfizer so if I have a choice I will take Moderna booster. Sort of like immune system cross-training.
 
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…and so as the daily numbers of infections grows and is now hitting over 40,000 (multiples greater than most if not all comparable nations), we find it getting very close to home…again…as the two children of one very close friend are positive, plus another close couple are both isolating with infection suspected…pending PCR test results.

And yesterday evening I went to a golf club post-comp evening meal/presentation - and there we were, the sixty of us mainly 55 to 80 yr olds - crowding together and not one of us wearing a mask. TBH I felt a bit uncomfortable.

Simply…concerning.
 
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…and so as the daily numbers of infections grows and is now hitting over 40,000 (multiples greater than most if not all comparable nations), we find it getting very close to home…again…as the two children of one very close friend are positive, plus another close couple are both isolating with infection suspected…pending PCR test results.

And yesterday evening I went to a golf club post-comp evening meal/presentation - and there we were, the sixty of us mainly 55 to 80 yr olds - crowding together and not one of us wearing a mask. TBH I felt a bit uncomfortable.

Simply…concerning.
You would have known your domestic situation and dinner's arrangement prior to booking yet you still went
 

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Ok- news reports re the false PCR results are a little relevant to me, possibly.
Last Thursday, sore throat. Friday saw that go away but runny nose which increased mucous wise, coughing a bit, felt a bit iffy so on Saturday did a lateral flow test. Negative.
But iffier. Sunday, so did a PCR test. Came back Monday as negative. People were saying there was a nasty cold going around.
Still have got much mucous in nose. Seems to have gone on to chest a bit so coughing up stuff in evenings. Breathing is ok. Can still fully breath in allright.

So, are they now going to tell us which laboratory is processing samples from which testing site. If samples from Newbury are going as far as Wolverhampton, people need to know which testing site is sending stuff to which laboratory .
If only one laboratory is affected ,( as they say) then such info could be very reassuring.
Does anyone ( Ethan?😀) know if one can ascertain which laboratory tested which testing station samples?
 

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Ok- news reports re the false PCR results are a little relevant to me, possibly.
Last Thursday, sore throat. Friday saw that go away but runny nose which increased mucous wise, coughing a bit, felt a bit iffy so on Saturday did a lateral flow test. Negative.
But iffier. Sunday, so did a PCR test. Came back Monday as negative. People were saying there was a nasty cold going around.
Still have got much mucous in nose. Seems to have gone on to chest a bit so coughing up stuff in evenings. Breathing is ok. Can still fully breath in allright.

So, are they now going to tell us which laboratory is processing samples from which testing site. If samples from Newbury are going as far as Wolverhampton, people need to know which testing site is sending stuff to which laboratory .
If only one laboratory is affected ,( as they say) then such info could be very reassuring.
Does anyone ( Ethan?😀) know if one can ascertain which laboratory tested which testing station samples?
Apparently all those who may have been effected will be contacted by Test and Trace.
 

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…and so as the daily numbers of infections grows and is now hitting over 40,000 (multiples greater than most if not all comparable nations), we find it getting very close to home…again…as the two children of one very close friend are positive, plus another close couple are both isolating with infection suspected…pending PCR test results.

And yesterday evening I went to a golf club post-comp evening meal/presentation - and there we were, the sixty of us mainly 55 to 80 yr olds - crowding together and not one of us wearing a mask. TBH I felt a bit uncomfortable.

Simply…concerning.
So if you were so concerned, why wouldn't you wear a mask yourself, regardless of what everyone else is doing?
 

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And yesterday evening I went to a golf club post-comp evening meal/presentation - and there we were, the sixty of us mainly 55 to 80 yr olds - crowding together and not one of us wearing a mask. TBH I felt a bit uncomfortable.

Simply…concerning.
Would you have felt comfortable if someone else had ruled that you had to wear a mask as opposed to being able to make that choice yourself? (or even the choice to attend a large indoor gathering?) Are you concerned about the lack of rules or that you have choice and chose not to exercise it?
 

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Friends of ours caught it a week or two ago. Their son was first, university student so not out of the ordinary as students go back, they got it shortly after. He is 21, they are early and mid 50's, all double jabbed. 2 of them said it was like a light cold, the third like a chesty cold. All 3 were fine in 2-5 days.

The above made me feel fairly relaxed, perhaps why at this stage things are less stressful than a year ago. The vaccine seems to be doing its job and whilst infection rates are high the knock on effect doesn't seem as bad.

The above can change but so far it is going as people suggested.
 

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Got my booster invite today. Going early next week.

Taking the 3rd closest centre offered to me. The nearest would involve a swim through the Thames to get to their miles estimate. They use the same free tools I used at work ;-)
 

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Got my booster invite today. Going early next week.

Taking the 3rd closest centre offered to me. The nearest would involve a swim through the Thames to get to their miles estimate. They use the same free tools I used at work ;-)
Dad just got his threw. Ironically he was double jabbed 1 day after me and I haven't had invite yet

But their up to 17th April for double jabs on walk ins so once hits 21st I can go get my booster
 

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Apparently all those who may have been effected will be contacted by Test and Trace.
Hmmm....
And the way I read it - might be wrong- but that may be only those that they think might be infectious still. T'would be not too difficult to publish what testing sites use what laboratories.
 

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Dad just got his threw. Ironically he was double jabbed 1 day after me and I haven't had invite yet

But their up to 17th April for double jabs on walk ins so once hits 21st I can go get my booster
I think it’s going by ages rather than 2nd vaccination date. Is you dad older than you? ;-)

My invite mentioned increased risk of complications, that’s why I get in early.

As you are at increased risk of complications from COVID-19, you are a priority to receive your COVID-19 booster vaccine.

Prep existing conditions.
 

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Booster vaccine doses will be available on the NHS for people most at risk from COVID-19 who have had a 2nd dose of a vaccine at least 6 months ago.
This includes:
  • people aged 50 and over
  • people who live and work in care homes
  • frontline health and social care workers
  • people aged 16 and over with a health condition that puts them at high risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19
  • people aged 16 and over who are a main carer for someone at high risk from COVID-19
  • people aged 16 and over who live with someone who is more likely to get infections (such as someone who has HIV, has had a transplant or is having certain treatments for cancer, lupus or rheumatoid arthritis)
If you are eligible it will let you book online.

Mines booked for Sunday.
 

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I think it’s going by ages rather than 2nd vaccination date. Is you dad older than you? ;-)

My invite mentioned increased risk of complications, that’s why I get in early.

As you are at increased risk of complications from COVID-19, you are a priority to receive your COVID-19 booster vaccine.

Prep existing conditions.
I got mine due to underlying conditions a day before him each time

His isn't his age it's his heart

Our borough do drop ins for those vaccinated by a certain date .. we up to 17th April ATM I'm just 4 days off then I can head for mine
 
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Would you have felt comfortable if someone else had ruled that you had to wear a mask as opposed to being able to make that choice yourself? (or even the choice to attend a large indoor gathering?) Are you concerned about the lack of rules or that you have choice and chose not to exercise it?
Again…that is not the point. The point is that in a group of that age range not one of us was wearing a mask…though the staff were…whilst in many other indoor contexts the majority would have been. As others have confirmed my golf club is not alone in this. And i am not sure what makes us feel ‘less vulnerable’ in a clubhouse than in, say, a supermarket.

As it happens, yes, I would have been quite happy to wear a mask if requested, as I am on many church premises, and as is still the case (or so I believe) in all indoor contexts in Scotland.
 
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